Final Movie Project
Here is my short film that I made for the class. I just captured shots of some of my horses at my parents farm. The black mare is a 4 year old named Hickory and the buckskin gelding is 22 years old.There is a big difference in their ages, but he tries his hardest to keep up with her! Enjoy!
Being a professional rodeo photographer is a tough job. You have to be quick on your feet and focused enough to capture an action shot of each competitor. You never know if a loose bull or horse will be coming your way. Rodeo Photographer Matt Cohen is amazing at capturing rodeo action shots. He uses unique angles to capture the competitors and their mounts. He also uses vibrant colors in his photography that really catches the viewers eye. In each action shot, he captures the intensity of the athletes, horses, steers, and bulls. Not only does Cohen feature the rodeo performances, he also goes behind the scenes with his photography. He tells many stories of each cowboy through the lenses of his camera. Cohen captures the full story of rodeo and the passionate hard working people who travel year round. He also does his best to capture the livestock and horses in a powerful way. You can see the dedication and intensity in each photograph. He is by far one of my favorite rodeo photographers.
Catherine Hearding paints beautiful realistic nature scenes in watercolor. According to her website her goal in painting is to “portray the beauty of the ordinary.” She is a self-taught artist and works in her home in Lake Elmo, Minesota. She also uses her expertise in watercolor to teach classes and workshops.
In her work she focuses on the shadows of the objects in nature. She uses vibrant colors to portray definitions of texture. Her work is very realistic with a touch of abstract when she features part of a subject. She also gives a clean almost whimsical look towards nature and landscapes. I love how she expresses lots of detail and dynamics with her paintings. She is extremely talented and knows how to create a beautiful dynamic watercolor painting.
This summer I volunteered to take photos at a local 4H Horse Show at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax. It was a great opportunity for me to practice taking photos of horses in action. I’m used to taking photos of my own horses, so it was a great experience to be able to practice on other peoples horses and different breeds. I practiced different shots of the horses and tried to get close ups and full body shots.
I had a lot of fun taking photos, I think I filled up an entire SD card and almost filled up the second one! I used trial and error and came up with lots of shots that I really liked! The weather was also perfect for the photos. It was overcast without rain, so I did not have to worry about any shadows.
Overall, I was really pleased with the photos. I had a few 4Hers who asked for CD’s after I posted them on Facebook.
I would really like to continue taking photos at horse events in the future. At many shows there is always a photographer taking photographs of the competitors. It would be a fun way to make some money! I also enjoyed capturing the smiles of many competitors. Its a great feeling to know that you captured their winning ride!
Here is a collage of some of my favorite photos from the show! I really like the close ups of the horses. You can see how each horse moves a little bit different. I also love the color contrasts I was able to capture. It was a perfect day to capture these photos! On the full body shot of the bay horse, I really like how I was able to capture its trotting movement. I was able to show its fluid movement in the shot!
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost