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 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 February 2022

"July Sunset"

I love watching the horses move together and I love a sunset, so here you go!  This image has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on July 17, 2021.   

Featured Image for October 2021

"Bear's Mares Kicking Up Dust"

Running Bear's mares are running up a trail on a dry summer afternoon, which leaves a cloud of dust in their wake.   I just like the shape of the horses in this image and the light.  Enjoy!

This image was taken in Lompoc on a Return to Freedom photo safari on July 10th.   

Featured Image for June 2021

"Shades of Gray"

I liked the flowing manes of these mustangs and how they were running side by side, so I cropped in on the heads.  I like the mystery of "who's behind the horse in front?!"  I like the white eyelashes, too!  Enjoy.

This image was taken at Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, California on March 16, 2021.

For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, how to sponsor a Mustang, or to register for a tour or photo safari, visit the Return to Freedom website.

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