Stills V3

February 11, 2009

horses, and their feed, in snow

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:38



  1. What I liked about this when I saw it as a thumbnail on my phone is what I like about it now, larger.

    The skeletal frame in the foreground casually mirrors the shape and form of the back of the horse on the right, giving an easy rhythm to the shot that I really like.

    Without that, I think the horses would be too lost in this cold and white landscape but with it there in the foreground it really pulls things together.

    Comment by Gordon — February 12, 2009 @ 11:05

  2. The pattern repetition is there right enough, but is it enough?

    (ps: A five legged horse?)

    Comment by Colin — February 12, 2009 @ 17:08

  3. Enough for me — I love that foreground. Too bad about the extra leg, but that is not going to spoil my enjoyment of this very much.

    Comment by Christina — February 13, 2009 @ 00:35

  4. I don’t see an extra leg – just 3 horses. Like the way the dark tones of the horses makes them stand out. I also like the sense of depth of landscape. For once, flat-toned snow works well.

    Comment by doonster — February 13, 2009 @ 08:54

  5. Chaos for a week with the snow but nothing left to photograph at the weekend! So this makes me a bit cross and a bit envious! All the pain and no gain!!!

    Doesn’t this fence represent a hazard to the horses, my recollection is that horses will run into anything at the slightest provocation that can keep a vet in luxury?

    Near here there is a 5 legged stag statue. When erected the lord of the manor looked down the drive to his gate where the statue adorned the top of the gate and decreed it needed another leg as he could only see 3. The rest of us mere mortals can now wonder at the 5 legged stag. I don’t count legs, that is a clump of horse.

    Comment by Rex — February 14, 2009 @ 19:34

  6. I must confess that as a horse owner, the fence was an immediate cause for concern. Once I got past that and the extra legs produced by the intersection of two animals, I could enjoy the photo. Ultimately, I ended up liking it very much. The fence would be interesting on its own, but the stump is what brings that element together for me. The V shape formed by the fence and tree lines form a cozy place for the horses, and all the space on the right intensifies the bleakness of the location in that weather.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 16, 2009 @ 21:42

  7. That foreground is worthy of Harry Callahan: weeds in snow.

    Comment by matt — February 17, 2009 @ 13:44

  8. Matt – I’ll take the $10,000 then! That’s not a Callahan I had seen before: it’s a bit Miro-like but without the colour.

    Thanks for comments.

    Gordon – the wire is a conscious effort to provide foreground but I did want the horses to look lost.

    In all this was supposed to look as bleak as it could, even though the temperature here would feel like a sauna to a mid-Westerner in a blizzard.

    Anita/Rex – the wire is definitely bad stockmanship but I think that Welsh animals have evolved to avoid such hazards as there is so much around!

    Comment by John Ellis — February 17, 2009 @ 19:22

  9. OK, third time I’m writing this, hope it gets through.

    The fence in the foreground is a subject on its own, great shapes. I keep on wanting it a little further down in the frame but I’ll get over it.

    In general this is a high contrast picture but those receding trees have a great way of giving this depth while their tones go from dark to pale.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 17, 2009 @ 23:45

  10. There are plenty of strong guides in this shot…and then the horses choose to position themselves away from it. That in itself gives this shot plenty of interest for me.

    Comment by akikana — February 19, 2009 @ 05:47

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