Stills V3

April 6, 2009

Left Behind

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 19:46



  1. I recognize that look: it’s the one greedy lambs have when they realize that everyone else has moved on. The animal’s shock is exemplified by the raised tail. A fun study.

    I also like the context: there is a slightly allegorical touch resulting from the view across enclosed paddocks, a field and then more housing.

    Comment by John Ellis — April 9, 2009 @ 06:31

  2. If this wasn’t a photo then I might not quite believe the pose. Like John, I’ve seen this in sheep. However, their reaction manages to be not nearly so dynamic.

    Comment by Colin — April 10, 2009 @ 06:16

  3. I know it is not the done thing to advocate crops but that bush doesn’t help the composition for me. I’d crop at the base of the bush. That seems to concentrate my eye on the running horse, it just seems to hang together better.

    Comment by Rex — April 10, 2009 @ 18:07

  4. The body language of this animal makes me uncomfortable; the anxiety is palpable.

    I’m with Rex on the topic of the bush, but I think in general there’s just too much going on here, the abundance of rails seem particular burdensome.

    Comment by matt — April 12, 2009 @ 18:52

  5. The demeanor and pose of the horse is worth the look — makes me think about drawing again. I love that outline.

    Though the back fences don’t bother me, I’d like to move the front one out of my view. I’m also in agreement with Rex on the large bush — it is a distraction.

    Comment by Christina — April 16, 2009 @ 04:59

  6. that front rail chopping the legs is unfortunate in my eyes. A dynamic pose with dynamic lighting.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — April 16, 2009 @ 11:51

  7. As I commented before, a well captured mood, right at the peak of action.

    I think the fence rails help draw out the sense of agitation. Not just left behind but hemmed in.

    Thus, didn’t notice the bush until others commented.

    Comment by doonster — April 16, 2009 @ 22:06

  8. Colin’s comment got me thinking about all those statues and paintings that captured such poses long before cameras.

    As to the agitation: it’s true that Night is upset about being left behind by the other half of his herd, but some of the signs of agitation are more about breeding than a frightening desperation in the animal. Not to worry. The tail set is all about being Arabian. Ditto the head held high. At some point, I may post a shot of one of our guys just taking a romp, and you will see the same flag-flying-high tail with the head (nostrils flared) and neck up. There will be a little less animation and the show won’t go on as long as this, but they make quite a spectacle, even at play.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — April 18, 2009 @ 16:55

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