Essence Captured Blog

May 1, 2023

Featured Image for May 2023 "Solitude" Another image from the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo. At 6 p.m. in April, the sun is creating this beautiful light that allows us to capture highlights on the mane and tail with a soft lighting all around and some deeper shadows in the landscape forming.  […]

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April 1, 2023
Dinner with a View

Featured Image for April 2023 "Dinner with a View" When you visit the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, you start out winding through Oak woods and rolling hills.  When you reach the top of the hills, you are treated to views of Morro Bay to the west and the Pismo/Oceano Dunes coastline […]

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March 2, 2023
Stray Strands Delight

Featured Image for March 2023 "Stray Strands Delight" My theme in life this week has been hair, so when I sat down today to select an image of the month, it had to be this one.  I am currently undergoing chemotherapy, and my hair began to fall out two days ago.  I had long hair […]

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February 1, 2023
Love Me Tender

Featured Image for February 2023 "Love Me Tender" What do horses know of "Love"?  What does anyone know of "Love"?  In February, when we celebrate Valentine's Day and see red and pink heart shaped candy boxes and red roses everywhere, I prefer to go to this sweet place in my heart where I feel at peace and […]

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January 1, 2023
"The Greeter"

Featured Image for January 2023 How we greet the new year starts from within.  Find your center, connect to your heart, realign with your soul, remember your true essence, bring your attitude of gratitude, and step forward with curiosity.  Here's a beautiful horse at Return to Freedom who reminds me of all of these principles.  […]

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December 1, 2022

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 […]

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November 1, 2022
Evening Rhythm

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 […]

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October 1, 2022
"Mane Attraction Action"

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.

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September 1, 2022
Hooves In Motion

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 […]

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August 1, 2022
Face of the Night Sky

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 […]

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