February 2, 2012
This recent Equine Family portraits in Rush Co. Dublin was great fun. I arrived to perfect light with three delightful children and their beautiful ponies. As we drove to Rush Beach I saw the perfect light, they say the best landscape light is after rain and high wind all the dust particles are surpressed and the light is brilliant and clear. Getting this shot involved a few takes but cantering up the beach was a pure joy to the children and can be seen in the portrait.
They often say the portrait is behind you – (When you focus on the location in front, look behind you, the shot is often their not where you are looking). The children had to trot down to the beech to get to the location I was focused on the beautiful blue sky in front of me with Lambay Island. The light in this portrait reminded me instantly of Japanese Landscape 14th century, monochrome Art – with delicate interplay between light and mist,
As I drove into the stables, the beautiful listed building with its layers of colour and beautiful architecture caught my eye. The minute I saw the Dune & grey ponies I felt the background with compliment and echo in the portrait. The Grandads vintage tack box added to the portrait.