Featured Image for December 2022

Horses are complex, and I love how much emotion and personality shows on their face - especially in their eyes.  I also love a high contrast close up portrait.  I selected this image for this month because I think it's a good reminder to take time to slow down and just be present during the holidays and the end of a year.  We're looking back on this year.  We're looking forward to a new year.  It's the darkest time of the year (winter) here in the northern hemisphere where I live.  These are all the reasons I've selected this image to share with you now.

Featured Image for November, 2022

These are working ranch horses at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch near Sand Point, Idaho.  In the evening they move the horses down to the meadow for the night, where they graze and live as a herd.  I love this capture because of the motion in the mane of the leopard appaloosa in front and center and for the light and contrast.  I converted the original color image to black and white because it gave the image more of a focal point.  This is another image from my June 2021 stay at the ranch in Idaho.  I also submitted this image for the Cowboys and Indians Magazine 2023 Photo Contest.  It is my first time entering this contest, so I have no expectations, but I look forward to seeing the images they select to award prizes to.

This image has been added to the Fine Art Gallery.

This is “Lucky,” a working ranch horse at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch near Sand Point, Idaho.  I love this capture because of the motion in the mane – how it’s wrapping around Lucky’s neck.  It just makes me happy!  Hope you like it, too! Featured image for October, 2022.

Equine Photography by Lori Sortino

Featured Image for September 2022

"Hooves In Motion"

This is an appaloosa running through a field.  To create this motion effect, I slowed my shutter speed to 1/100 of a second and panned with the forward motion of the horse, which created the blur of the background.  The blur of the horse is simply its movement.  This image was created with the intention of communicating the speed, motion, and power of the horse.

Featured Image for August 2022

This is an impromptu portrait of "Love the Night Sky," one of the "Making Pegasus" stallions owned by Greg Davis.  I can't get enough of this horse.  His coloring and coat patterns are beautiful and his personality is infectious.  He's curious, playful, and gentle.  Look into those eyes and tell me what you feel.

Featured Image for June 2022

Jupiter is one of the “Making Pegasus” stallions, born in 2019.  He is a Clydesdale whose dam was “Bella Donna,” a Sabino Clydesdale.  His sire was “Thorpe Hill Royale,” 2016 winner of the Cawdor Cup at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland.
What’s the meaning of his name?  Jupiter is the chief Roman god, husband of Juno, and god of light, sky, and weather.  I’ve chosen this image of Jupiter for June, since Jupiter and June clearly go together!  Spiritually, Jupiter's energy is optimistic, hopeful, compassionate and generous.

This image of Jupiter (the horse) was taken at Greg Davis' Making Pegasus ranch in Lockwood, California on April 21, 2022.  The background image of Jupiter (the planet), was found at https://mymodernmet.com/junocam-jupiter-photo-northern-regions/  ~ the image was taken with the Juno cam.  
This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

Featured Image for May 2022

"Mustang Mood Light"

I have a whole series of photos of this herd moving across the hill where we were watching them, late in the day.  I love the rich color in the dust they stir up when the sun is low in the sky, and the high contrast that produces these beautiful less detailed horse shapes that just represent the whole iconic horse image.  I spent a day with the mustangs in San Luis Obispo last month (without my camera!) and just reconnected with them and the magic they bring to my life.  They remind me to be present and worry less; to be here now.

This image was taken at Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, California on July 17, 2021.   This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

Featured Image for April 2022

"Forever Friends"

This was a touching moment between "Magum Opus" (front) and "Love the Night Sky" behind him.  These two stallions were stall mates growing up and have played together since birth.  "Magum Opus" is affectionately known as 'Mo' and is 1/2 Shire, 1/2 Gypsy.  His mother is "Magic" and his sire is "Seneca".  He was born in June 2018. 

"Love the Night Sky" was born on the 4th of July, 2018!  An American Saddlebred, he got his name because he was born on Independence Day and his coat pattern looks like fireworks.  He is homozygous tabiano, which means all of his offspring will have the same coat pattern.  This is very rare in American Saddlebred.

This image was taken at Greg Davis' Making Pegasus ranch in Lockwood, California on March 3, 2022.   This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

"Light and Breezy"

Luca is 1/2 Holsteiner Warmblood, 1/4 Friesian, and 1/4 Percheron and is 17.1 hands tall (that's big).  Luca is derived from the Latin name, Lucas, meaning “bringer of light.”   He loves to play-spar with his stallion mate Thunder that he grew up with; both born in 2019.

This image was taken at Greg Davis' Making Pegasus ranch in Lockwood, California on January 16, 2022.   This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

Featured Image for January 2022

"Sensing"

Wild horses are always using their eyes, ears, and sense of smell to inform their next move.  To approach, to run, to move away, to explore… they use the data they collect through their sensing to decide if it’s safe to explore, safe to connect, and ultimately, when it is safe to rest and to sleep. 

I was in a conversation this morning about the uncertainty of the future.  From a grand scale for the human population, the pandemic is still unpredictable, financial investment analysts are shrugging their shoulders, and severe weather events can occur almost anywhere.  L.A. had tornado warnings last month!  So, now is a really good time to go inward and do some personal sensing about what’s really important TODAY. 

Live life like there’s no tomorrow.  Be your ultimate self in every moment, today.


This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on March 15, 2021.   

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