Day 191 – New Forest Ponies and Cattle

I love where I live. These are photos are just some of the New Forest ponies and cattle I captured on my walk today. I used aperture priority, choosing a shallow aperture in most cases to draw the animal away from the background.

ISO100, F5.6, 1/640sec, 300mm zoom
ISO100, F5.6, 1/640sec, 300mm zoom

For this image I am stood up with the camera at eye height and am zoomed in. I liked the composition, but I was experimenting with angles.

ISO100, F5.6, 1/5000sec, 285mm zoom
ISO100, F5.6, 1/5000sec, 285mm zoom

I moved closer and got lower.  The horizon now appears straighter, the light was changing hence the huge variation in shutter speeds and the depth of field is not more apparent.  They look very isolated and alone.

ISO100, F5.6, 1/640sec, 200mm zoom
ISO100, F5.6, 1/640sec, 200mm zoom

I moved again, was not as low this time as I wanted to included the sky and a sense of the surroundings … I managed to capture more horses in the background and I feel this image represents the open spaces of the New Forest better …  I am just left wondering what the foal is looking at … so this photo has a story to tell.

ISO100, F5.6, 1/500sec, 235mm focal length
ISO100, F5.6, 1/500sec, 235mm focal length

I was trying to create the impression of lots of ponies in the buttercup covered plain, but I somehow choose the wrong point of focus which has left the dark New Forest pony in the foreground out of focus and distracting…. it would have worked better the other way round.

ISO100, F5.6,1/500sec  300mm focal length
ISO100, F5.6,1/500sec 300mm focal length

Getting down low draws you into the photo… but the behind cow is hiding his face which detracts from the image.

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The power of odd numbers, I choose these three cause they were all on a similar distance from my camera … but my eye is drawn to the lightest part of the image, which to me is the signpost label to the left … so to make this more usable it would need straightening and the post cropping out. It is so important to evaluate the whole scene.

ISO160, F5.6, 1/500 sec, 300mm focal length
ISO160, F5.6, 1/500 sec, 300mm focal length

The easiest animals to spot in the New Forest are the grazing cattle and New Forest ponies, and they graze the forest side by side. This is what I tried to explain in this image.

ISO200, F5.6, 1/500 sec - 300mm focal length
ISO200, F5.6, 1/500 sec – 300mm focal length

Finally I loved the interaction between these two ponies, you can see the mud all over the horse with his back to us and he is doing something other than grazing which I feel adds additional interest to the photo.

What do you think? Have you explored the New Forest yet?

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