Seventy Degrees on Leap Day

It's been seventy degrees outside all week. This throws Mary Catherine off because it's the middle of what's supposed to be winter/beginning of spring and it's supposed to be snowing. 
It throws her off because this is summer weather that should include the absence of scholastic achievement, bare feet, and swimsuits. But she's still stuck in school every day. 
This makes no sense.
No clue why I was talking in third person... 

The sun is gorgeous and sets every day around four because even though it's been rainy, the clouds always clear in time for the golden hues and radiant rays. 

The whole sun flare thing? I'm officially hooked. And the horses love me now, fyi. 

Let the compulsive nature photography commence.

What's your favorite thing to do in ethereal weather like this?


The Horse Whisperer {edited photos}

Kendall's been making fun of me for it, but I cannot stop repeating how ecstatic I am about these shots. And after I edited them, they only got more golden and glorious and mythical and book-cover looking.
I've dubbed this shoot "the horse whisperer" because a) it's fitting to the animals, duh and b) I went back over to the pasture today and could not get the horses to snuggle as much as Kendall did. Clearly they can spot a horse person from a mile away. Eek.

I messed around with all of the shots a ton, mostly with black and white and boosting color and sometimes antiquing the look a little. Critiques would be awesome!

I love the texture of his fur and how clear it is in most of these.

With all of the colors boosted and the light brought into the image more, all of these just blew me away. Kendall didn't even have to worry about posing, she was just having fun with Tex (that's what we found out that the horse's name was, when the owner came out and talked to us... after I fearfully asked her if it was ok that I was taking pictures). 

Everything was surrounded in a halo of afternoon golden hour light, and the colors were so vibrant, that they take my breath away. 

That one's a little funny with the angle, and I tend to agree with Kendall in that it made him look like a mule, but I like the in-the-way look it has, almost comically.

I still cannot get over the rays of light and natural edge blur in this one.

Enjoy and tell me what you think! :)
PS: Blogger is being unattractive and will not let me upload my new header, even though I've already deleted my previous ones from picasa web. Any tips?


Sunflare and the Smell of Horses

Yes, I am alive.
But if anyone from Russia asks, my name is a really long and unpronounceable title belonging to the ruler's second cousin's daughter.
Moving on.

Today Kendall came over to hang out, which we haven't done in forever because before this we always rehearsed when we got together, for the concert (which I will be posting about later, meanwhile go to youtube.com/user/kmtakenotemusic for the rehearsal video). It was such a welcome break because I haven't been able to pick up a camera for just some fun photos in a long time. Months, people.
Kendall, who obviously has the knack for horses, attracted them like moths to a flame (lame overused analogy, but whatever).
We walked over to the horse field near my house, the one with the no trespassing signs (which we did not violate, by the way. We just leaned over the fence and soaked in all the horsie-ness. The electric fence was off. Ahem.
Sun flare + horses + Kendall's amazing golden hair = I almost died, ya'll.

This, to me, proves just how much Kendall is crazy about horses. Sheer joy has never been better displayed. Of course, I was just squealing about sun flare. But I love horses too. 

These are some of the best sooc shots I have ever gotten in my entire life. Promise. 

Straight. Out. Of. The. Camera. ^that's one of my favorites of all time^

He just met her and he was giving her a kiss! :) 

I promise I'll be posting more now - school has been crazy hectic this semester but I will gradually work my way back up to a few posts a week. Thanks for sticking around for me, guys.