By Blane Coulcher. This was one of the horses whose morning breath was lit by the rising sun…
Morning Breath, By Blane Coulcher
OM-D E-M1 Mark ll; 1/200s @ f/4 210mm; ISO 500
I went horse riding in the Snowy Mountains NSW with my family – my daughters wanted the romance of riding in the snow! This was one of the horses whose morning breath was lit by the rising sun; I believe it evokes the frosty nature of a romantic idyll. To create a frame, I took the photo of the head between two of the fence cross bars.
This attractive composition is a good example of seeing photographically.
When the dramatic light and the misty breath caught his eye, Blaine Coulcher moved close enough to fill the right third of the frame with his subject, while at the same time turning the potentially distracting crossbars into framing elements.
I like the tactile quality of the rim lighting and the way the exhalation provides a balance to the subject’s head.
The only minor quibble is that the aforementioned breath has completely obscured half the horse’s face. Nevertheless it is an evocative study.