Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association

The HVDHA had their spring plow at Saunderskill Farm Market in Accord, NY last weekend (May 3) and a good time was had by all. It was a very interesting photo op. Draft horses are so amazingly mellow, their ability to just stand around is awe inspiring.

Dark horses are tricky to photograph, like black dogs you lose so much detail. But these guys were so fun.

This team was lovely, I didn’t really understand their harnessing, but they worked together really nicely. I could have photographed them all day. The Belgium coloring doesn’t hurt either.

A different team of Belgiums that also knew their job.

Two teams working hard.

The same teams showing their patience, if there is one thing all horse people have in common is an ability to talk about horses, endlessly (I can say this because I do it too).

It’s tricky to get the timing right when photographing horses, catching the right expression and composition, let alone getting the humans to cooperate, but it was a lot of fun. Tomorrow I will post more people oriented photos. Photo tip for photographing livestock (horses, cattle….) shoot from waist height, camera lens roughly level with the bottom of the animals belly, it prevents the foreshortening that makes the animals proportions seem so odd.

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