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A must stop on the horse country tour has little to do with horses, but a lot to do with history. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers visitors 3,000 acres of history on beautiful grounds. You can stay at the inn and dine at the restaurant. Period-costumed workers make products for sale in some of the buildings. For a photographer, the opportunities are endless.

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Fall is one of the best times to visit, but the grounds are beautiful year round.

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Many people were there the day we went taking family and graduation photos.

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If you look closely in the bottom right corner of the above photo, you’ll see a photographer’s light rig.

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For more information about this beautiful photo op, restaurant menu, inn rates and directions, visit here.

Always on the lookout for photo ops in gorgeous Central Kentucky. 🙂

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Some places are just worth visiting more than once. Old Friends Farm, refuge for retired race horses, is one such place. I visited earlier this year with my husband and son and decided to take my sister there while she was visiting from out of state. Boy, does that farm dress up for fall.

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The farm was founded over 10 years ago by Michael Blowen to be a retirement place for these athletes. It is funded almost entirely by donations.

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There were a few of the horses that I didn’t get to see last time I was there, that were out the second time. Popcorn Deelites, above, is a movie star. He was one of the horses used to play Seabiscuit in the movie. He and his paddock mate are known as the “frat boys” of the farm because they are usually up to some type of mischief. When I was at the farm earlier this year, they were in a corner of the paddock and wouldn’t show the tour anything but their hindquarters. This day, they were much more friendly.

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This is, in my opinion, the prettiest horse on the farm, and probably the most well known. Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was in the barn during my first visit. This day, he was all about showing off.

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To see my previous post about Old Friends Farm, visit here. For more information about the farm, click here.

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A great place to fill your belly and your senses is the Windy Corner Market, just north of Lexington, KY. A horse country tour wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Windy Corner. It is literally surrounded by horse farms.

IMG_2948Visitors to the Windy Corner order at the counter from a Kentucky-style gourmet menu of foods mainly grown locally. Even most of the beverages (beer and wine included) are local. After you order, you find a seat either inside the store, on the screened porch, or outside and wait for your order. I almost always get the shrimp po boy, but the barbecue is wonderful, too.

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The market is located at a crossroads along the Bluegrass Driving Tour.

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Horses, living (above) and statuary (below), watch diners enjoy their food.

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For more information about this Kentucky treat, directions, menu, ect., visit www.windycornermarket.com

I am currently in the midst of teaching a class of new photographers and have, of course, been touting the wonderfulness of high dynamic range photography. I explained to my students that the best way to accomplish HDR is to take three bracketed shots and combine them. You can however, apply HDR to only one shot and get some pretty stunning results.

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As you can see the results are smashing. I love the way HDR brings out the texture of the barn siding and the colors in the sky and on the foliage.

Keep shooting 😉

IMG_8444A must-stop attraction along the horse country tour would have to be Old Friends Farm, near Georgetown, KY. A farm for retired race horses, tours are conducted several times a day. You can get up close and personal (we’re talkin’ horse drool all over the hands, if you want) with some beautiful former racing thorobreds. If you follow thorobred racing at all, you will recognize the names of some of these horses.

IMG_8455There are a lot of great photo ops here. I lagged many times taking pictures, while my husband and son listened to the tour guide tell about each race horse, but no one minded.

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For more information on the farm, directions, etc., visit www.oldfriendsequine.org

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

One day, before a thunderstorm, my husband and I were taking a ride and noted that the sky was, at that moment, my favorite color sky. In an unimaginative tone, he said, “Gray?”.

Most definitely not gray. I see something much more beautiful and multi-dimensional than gray.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1250 sec.

I love the contrast between the sky and the green grass. I love the color combination so much, it has become the inspiration for our upcoming kitchen remodel color scheme.

 

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec.

I also love the way this color and its various shades translate into HDR.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Rebel, F-3.5, ISO 100, 1/80 SS

Club and organizational photos are very similar to senior portraits. They are a type of environmental portrait, meaning the surroundings are important to the personal statement of the portrait. For these portraits of my son, who is in Future Farmers of America, I wanted to pose him in a farm setting. Fortunately, we live on a farm and we were able to take the photos literally in the backyard.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F-4.5, 1/60 SS

As with any outdoor portrait, natural lighting is one of the most important things. It was sunny when these were taken, so we had to look for areas that were shaded, like the barn door.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F-5.6, 1/25 SS

Hey guys like flowers too. As long as they aren’t too girly. Daisies over the fence serve the purpose nicely.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F 3.5, 1/80 SS

Props are essential to environmental portraits. In the case of FFA photos-tractors, horses, cattle, hogs, etc. My son chose the tractor. I like the way the orange tractor crosses the color wheel with the navy blue FFA jacket. Once again, shade is preferable, especially if the props are shiny and can reflect sunlight back at the camera. I have included the setting data for each photo. I hope this is helpful to some.

You will notice that the ISO is always 100. That is the lowest ISO that my camera will shoot. The lower the ISO, the better quality your photos will be. The downside of shooting at a low ISO is that it takes more time and exposure to get a good shot. I always attempt to shoot at 100 ISO, but sometimes conditions limit that ability. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Keep shooting your children. LOL

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If you have read this blog very many times at all, you know that I live in Central Kentucky, home of some of the most beautiful horse farms in the world. My plans are to introduce readers to a few of those farms while I am on hiatus from school this summer. I share pictures of farms frequently, mostly taken from the road. Since my husband and son are interested in touring horse farms, my plan is to actually take part in some tours and snap a lot of pictures.

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I do some freelance submissions to the tourism cabinet and plan on using many of the shots for that. I will, of course,  share the pictures in this blog, in hopes of inspiring someone to visit Kentucky. If you are interested in visiting, here is a link for the tourism cabinet’s website. This link is for the website specific to the Bluegrass area.

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This state has a lot of great photo opportunities. Hope you will agree. 🙂

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One of the great things about living on a farm is you don’t have to fake rustic backdrops. The one above was created against our new outbuilding using the door from the building that was removed to build the new building. The large rock was already in place and I slid the salvaged door behind the rock and covered the window opening with an old burlap sack. I placed an old fuel oil stove next to the door and added some greenery. The rock serves as a seat for the subject(s). I zoom in and voila, no idea this is not in front of an old building.

 

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With a little creative placement of objects, you have great places to shoot children. I have photographed many children (especially my own) in this wagon. The hostas make a great background. For added effect, an old quilt can be added to the wagon (I usually line the wagon with a piece of plastic so rust doesn’t get on the quilt). This is a fabulous place to photograph an infant or small child. Make sure you get down on the wagon’s level for the shot.

 

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This stump under a tree, next to a woodpile is a good place to shoot down on a subject. This works well for adults who are sensitive about lower body image. By shooting down on the subject, you minimize the lower body. They  will look great with the woods in the background.
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I have used this boat before propped against the barn. I plan to think of other ways to use it by itself.
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The barn itself has a nice weather-beaten look and the landscape timbers provide a perfect place to sit.
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My husband brought home this heart he savaged from a junk pile. It is great for pictures of kids or couples. It can be moved to wherever I want.
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It looks pretty in the coneflower bed by itself. I can’t wait to try it with a subject. 🙂

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