Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Camera!!

A friend of mine gave me her old Canon EOS 20D when she upgraded her camera.  I finally got everything I needed to start using it (cards, battery, etc.) and I'm so excited to start practicing with it.  This is my first DSLR.  I learned the basics several years ago, but haven't had any practice since.  I've been reading and watching videos to refresh my memory, but keep in mind I am going to need a LOT more practice.  I'm still so excited to have an actual camera again because I hate cell phone photos.  I went out to practice with it outside for the first time today and just snapped some pictures of my mudball pony.  Gray horses are SO hard to take pictures of.  I was cheating and using the auto mode (because I was taking pictures of fast moving baby goats - see my other blog HERE for pictures of them), but I will eventually start using the manual mode.  I want to practice on still objects and landscapes first. I'm afraid I'll get frustrated if I try to practice on uncooperative animals lol.

 He is SO icky, but so handsome.  

I have a 50mm lens and I have very, very little experience with lenses (years ago and only a couple of times), so getting the focus right is very difficult for me.  I'm still learning and need so much more practice.  When I get it right, it's incredible.

 Napping while I take pictures of baby goats.

 The white balance or exposure is off on this one.  He's so cute napping though.

Woken from his nap.  I like the back lighting.  Wish he weren't so gross though.

Can't leave Led Zeppelin out.  I LOVE these pictures even though the lighting is awful.

 He was so fascinated with the kids.

Chrome was fascinate with them as well, but I was too busy making sure he didn't bite them to take pictures.  He was a good boy I'm happy to report.  Once things dry up and we aren't drowning in mud I'll hopefully be able to get some more pictures for you guys.  I hope you enjoyed them.

One last picture before I leave.  I wanted to share one of Jackal to show you how amazing this camera is when I get my you know what together.

It's so much easier to take pictures of him because of his amazingly wonderful sit/stay hehe.  :D

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Belated Happy Halloween! Ride 155

We dressed up as the headless horseman for Halloween.

I've never been a huge fan of Halloween or wearing costumes, but everyone at work dresses up for Halloween so I joined in and dressed as a Dementor from Harry Potter (costume was cheap).  Halfway though the work day I got to thinking how cool it would be to get rid of the mask and accessories and wear the cape as the headless horseman on Chrome!  So much more fun than dressing up at work hehe.  

For the record I blacked out my face in most of these pictures to make it creepy, but I left one with my face.  Also I did not wear a helmet because the hood wouldn't fit over it.  I know how stupid that is, but it's my decision to make so please respect that.

I was lucky we happened to have a bunch of pumpkins sitting around because hubby gets them from the local grocery store for free once they've gone past their prime and won't sell.  We feed them to the goats.  Goats LOVE pumpkin!  It worked out great for the costume.

So creepy right??  I wish it had been overcast and at dusk, but the pictures turned out better in the sun than they would have on a rainy day, so it's okay that the atmosphere isn't quite right.

 One with my face so you can see I didn't really lose my head lol.

Chrome is so handsome!  He outshines my costume hehe.

Now check out this fun video.

For those who can't see videos I have some screenshots below.

My first time cantering Chrome with no hands (that I remember).
First time in a costume on Chrome too.

I wish I could have kept the hood up, but it blew back in the wind.

He did so awesome!!

I was so happy and excited I leaned forward and started patting him on both sides of his neck.  His ears immediately popped up.  I wish they'd been forward for the canter, but I think he was watching the fabric whipping in the wind behind him.  Oh well.  He still did so awesome and he wasn't spooky at all.  When I first brought the costume out I waved it all around him and snapped it in the air around his head and he didn't react at all except to want to sniff it.  I love how nothing I do bothers him because of all of the training we did when he was young.

 I'm so proud of Chrome.  How many horses can go six months without being ridden, get taken out of the pasture on a cold day with the wind blowing and a neighbor zipping around on a four wheeler next door, have their rider dress up in a costume they've never seen and canter with fabric snapping in the wind and be totally cool with it?  Chrome can!!

P.S.  I have stuff to share.  I've just been too busy to blog.  I do want to reassure you that nothing was wrong with Chrome over the summer other than his sweet itch.  I've just decided to give him summers off because it's not fair to ask him to concentrate when he itches and we are both pouring sweat just standing around in the shade.  Now that the bugs are gone and it's cooling off I'm going to try to ride more (if I can stop spraining my ankles that is!).  I'll catch you guys up on some other stuff as soon as I can.  For now I have to go.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Did you all get emails from asking if you want to maintain your subscription to each of your blogs?  Are these legit emails? Is this the "fix" for us not getting notifications of comments?? I'm too chicken to click on the subscribe button in the emails so I wanted to see if anyone else has gotten them. Thanks in advance for any help!