By Patty Wilber
Here are a couple of tips for Christmas Hat pictures, which, as we will see, I apparently don’t follow all that well.
Get your stuff together: Hats, gloves, garlands etc. and your phone. Take it all to the barn.
Enlist help or do it yourself. Either way will work.
Catch the horse(s) you want. Duh. Knock off the dirt? Up to you.
Choose your background. I mean, we are focusing on the horses heads so you can get away with a lot, but if the back ground is less busy, it is easier on the viewer.
Apply the decorations. Keep in mind that each horse is different and not every horse will love every thing we may wish them to wear. Work with your model and accept that you might get just the look you want or you might have to accept something else.
Most horses are fine with ordinary Santa hats tucked under their halters. If you put two horses together, though, one horse might help remove the other horse’s head gear.
Many horses do not mind gloves on their ears, which I think is kind of amazing. Some are good for a bit, but then do a little flick of the head and the gloves go flying. Some horses don’t like gloves on their ears at all. They can learn to tolerate them, but on the other hand, maybe sticking with just a hat will make the subject happier. Ask your horse, and then decide.
Head bands. In looking though 12 years of Christmas hat photos (almost all with horrible back grounds) it appears that the only horse that really hates headbands is head-flicking Penny. No one else seems to mind them.
Don’t shoot into the sun. The light will refract off the lenses of the camera and the images tend to lose crispness.
Be patient. Remember we are asking our horses to do something unusual!
Take a lot of shots. You may capture some silly thing you did not even know you got.
Most of all have fun!
And you can blow off all this advice and just go out and do it. Your pictures will probably be just fine!
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
Christy and I had planned to leave Dec. 25 for Canada to get Gino and Gette, but now they are being shipped down and will arrive in Raton Dec. 31 (if all goes well)! We will meet them there! So, in two weeks they will get top blog billing! Next week is the annual New Year’s Poem.