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The Loading Zone

When I was at the Equine Affair I wandered around a bit and took a few pictures of the things going on behind the scenes. Most of the pictures I tried to take were too cluttered to be much good.  Just before I happened upon this scene I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get many ‘keepers.” I was pondering this as I leaned in the doorway of one of big barns, when I noticed this young woman waiting to load a horse onto an immense, multiple horse trailer. The sun was sinking and as she circled her horse they moved in and out of the one little patch of daylight that partially lit the alley. The woman and horse both looked exhausted. I’m sure they had been up since long before dawn and the day was probably far from over. The horse was covered with a warm wool cooler, but the sparsely dressed woman shivered in the cold brisk wind. Five minutes passed, then ten as they waited their turn to load. In the last few moments before they stepped into the trailer I caught them in this fading patch of sunlight.



Nov. 11, 2010. 4:44 PM EST.

Canon EOS 7D

ISO: 400, 85mm, 1/160, f/11

Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

2 responses

  1. Marc

    There is remarkable parity to be found in their expressions, isn’t there? They do look exhausted, indeed, and the shadows lend to the mood nicely. You’re right, this one’s a keeper.

    December 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

  2. December 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

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