Sunday, September 13, 2009

Eye Eye, Sir

This Was The Mane Event

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


I've shot elephants at close quarters before, during a 1998 trip to Bali, Indonesia - but I've never used a camera in close proximity to horses until recently.

A couple of weeks ago, I was shooting images of a couple of horses in a Melbourne paddock near Churchill National Park, gradually working my way closer since they were not familiar with me.

The thing I was really worried about was that, if I got too close, the sound of the camera might scare them. But it’s hard work trying to shoot close-ups of horses, especially as these two were restless because of the presence of a stranger.

Most of the images I shot were side-on, but this horse suddenly gave me a full-frontal view for a couple of seconds. Grateful for the unusual viewpoint, I composed the shot as quickly as I could, looking down onto the bulge of both eyeballs.

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17 comments:

Denise said...

Horses are the most amazing animals. Your photo is brilliant. Have a great weekend.

Alix said...

Horses do get spooky, but usually only when there is a reason. Plastic grocery bags skipping along the grass have been known to throw many a horse into a panic, but a camera? Not usually. We owned a wonderful horse whose eyes were so filled with expression. Love your photo... it reminds me of our Remmy.

Rhea said...

Fun photo! Very close up. I love horses...and they always have amazing eye lashes!!

I have a horse photo or two up today also. I happened upon a horse upsidedown!!

Johnnny said...

A friend of mine his name was Tony
He had a tail when he was a pony
Now he's grown up, of course
He got a job working as a horse.

Doreen said...

look at the gentleness and love and trust in the eyes. great catch!!

Maggie May said...

He looks as though he's eyeing you up too!
Great photo. I like his colouring too.

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Teena in Toronto said...

Great shot!

I played too :)

Fragrant Liar said...

The eyes have it!

Southern Drawl said...

So cute!
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Sande said...

Had me for a minute. I thought you really shot elephants ...:/

Sande said...

Had me for a minute. I thought you really shot elephants ...:/

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The Victorian Parlor said...

Beautiful! I love horses and this photo is truly amazing:).

Blessings,

Kim

Greyscale Territory said...

He may have given you a moment with those eyes but you walked away with a memory to last a lifetime! Great shot!

Manz said...

I'd loose in a staring match with that fella!

Southern Lady said...

That's an incredible shot, David. I love capturing cows' faces up close. They have such expressive faces when you take time to really look at them.