Category Archives: horses

Back from Arches and looking forward

Icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on the black sand beach at sunrise.
Icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on the black sand beach at sunrise.

Hi, I am finally back in the office after a fun trip to do milky way photography in Arches and Canyonlands and will share some images from them but I want first to share one of our guides photos from the upcoming Iceland Photo workshop. I am really excited to be able to do this trip and be guided by  local photographer, Chris Lund.
here is a link to this awesome trip
http://jessleephotos.com/IcelandPhotoworkshop.html

Wild Horses

 

Sunset in the west
Wild Horses

 

While I really like photographing almost anything that to me has the feel of the west where i have lived my life Wild Horses are always a special treat to photograph. They have the feel of freedom and wildness even more that many of our other wildlife species. Maybe that is because they are outlaws, escaping from progress, trying to keep their place in the west they helped to build.
They make me want to capture their spirt in my images. I want my viewers to not only see them but to remember their soft nickers, catch the scent of them in the breeze and feel the hot dry air of a August sunset on the Wyoming plains.

 

The Valley, The people.

eating dust
Sand storm in Monument Valley

Monument Valley. Probably one of the most photographically familiar places in the west thanks to so many movies being made there. I get to go there a couple of times a year and the place never grows boring. There are so many new angles on familiar scenes to explore I doubt if I will ever do everything there I would like to.

The valley is a tough land, but beautiful. A place rich in history but poor in economic value for its residents. But most of the people are friendly and helpful. This young Navajo Cowboy was one of the men we hired to move some of his horses in good locations to photograph. After the sand storm subsided I ask, “Ok what is the best way for you to get us some photos of your horses?” He replied with a smile, “The best way for me is how ever you would like” .

I am going to hire him again.

Spanish Beach Boy

Spanish Stallion
Spanish Stallion

 

We had a chance to visit a Spanish PRE horse (Andalusian) ranch south of San Diego this past week while scouting a future workshop. These horses are imported directly from Spain. PRE’s were originally used for classical dressage, driving, bullfighting, and as stock horses.
To say the least there were some pretty nice stallions there that will look great running and playing on the beach. I think this was my favorite Beach Boy from the trip.