As you can probably guess from this entry’s title, I’ve started dabbling in black and white. Or, more accurately, I discovered the “desaturate” button on GIMP and have been having fun turning some of my latest pics from color to black and white. Here’s a sample; let me know what you think:
These were all taken on Saturday mornings at the barn.
First off, a couple of shots of Atchi the barn cat:
And now, a few shots of various horse camp students practicing their drill teams (this brought back memories from the ranch, both as a rider and a teacher):
June 21st may have been the summer solstice, but July is when summer really kicked in over here. With the exception of last weekend, it’s been ridiculously hot – at least, it feels that way compared to the unseasonably cool weather we had up until recently. Needless to say, I’ve been staying inside where it’s relatively cool as much as possible. I still have to walk to work during the hottest part of the day, but I have access to ice water and slushies, plus the ice cream stand is mostly in the shade, so it’s not too bad.
I still go out to the barn and ride at least once a week. I stopped leasing Leslie, so now Fred’s having me ride a different horse every session; some I hadn’t ridden in almost a year, and some I had never ridden before and had been wanting to try. Results have been a little mixed, but overall it’s been fun. Part of me suspects Fred is trying to figure out which horse(s) to have me work with next season; we’ll see what he says in September. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying my classes and taking pictures of some of the others:
Random Lucy picture:
On the 14th, like last year, I went to watch the fireworks show and take pictures. Unlike last year, Sissi didn’t come with me because she was out of town (I did get serenaded by a nearby frog though), and this time I was using a camera that didn’t have a preset “fireworks” mode. I had checked and tested how to adjust the shutter speed beforehand, but as you can see, I probably could have tweaked it some more; over half my pictures turned out hopelessly blurry and the rest look a bit trippy (but hopefully still pretty):
Part 2 coming up shortly…
I sincerely hope you’re not all sick of all these horse pictures, because that’s pretty much all I seem to have taken for the last couple of months. I’ve discovered that following horses around a pasture (or just sitting there and letting them come up to you) can lead to some of the best (and/or funniest) portraits:
At the end of my little shoot I decided to go artsy: