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Photographer Captures the Awesome Power of Draft Horses in Her Dramatic Equine Action Shots






I often posts photos from Christina Merk, but Hubby found this article and it speaks for itself.  Lovely.  Gorgeous.   Click here to go to the original article.

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INSPIRED

Photographer Captures the Awesome Power of Draft Horses in Her Dramatic Equine Action Shots

BY MICHAEL WING TIMESEPTEMBER 6, 2021 PRINT

One Dutch photographer was inspired to take pictures on the beach, where capturing her dogs in action sparked her interest. She later took portraying that interest to another level entirely, photographing huge horses in dynamic shots.

Christina Merk’s affection for photography was handed down to her from her father when she was a child. He had a darkroom that first kindled her passion; she would also sometimes pose as her dad’s model.

And as a child, she was also very fond of horses and rode them often.

“I love nothing more than capturing horses in action,” Merk told The Epoch Times. “Their strength, beauty, and freedom is the most beautiful thing there is.”

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)

Portraying the strength displayed by these powerful animals through her lens is her biggest challenge, she said, adding that “horses are fast and big,” and “capturing that correctly” is her ultimate aim.

Rather than photographing fiery, excitable, smaller breeds, Merk prefers photo-shooting cold-blooded horses (breeds that are cooler in temperament), such as large draft horses and Friesians, which also make shooting a breeze.

“The movement of a Fries is royal and the appearance of a draft horse is beautiful,” she told the newspaper. “They are cool in their heads and not easily nervous.”

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)

Merk prefers to take photos of horses in natural settings. She photo-shoots both wild horses in the Netherlands as well as domesticated ones, first asking permission from their owners. The photographer, who also works as a hearing-care professional, doesn’t use a tripod and prefers a Nikon D850. She uses Nikkor 70-200 2.8 and  Sigma 105 1.4 lenses.

“I always photograph the horses with a fast shutter speed and my lens wide open, so aperture 1.4 or 2.8,” she shared.

The photographer creates her signature dreamy, often dark, and dramatic effects in her photos using post-processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom, which helps bring out the regal power and sublime beauty of the equine animals. She displays her work on Instagram and on her website.

The photographer loves long walks and photographing the natural environment. “I love to look for wildlife in nature and capture it unnoticed,” she said.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Christa Merk)

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GORGEOUS Wild Horse Photo! (Yes, I purchased one. I love it!)






I so love artistic people….  It fascinates me that humans can express themselves through art… because I am not artistic in the traditional ways.

Today, I want to tell you about a photography website I follow,  vitalimpacts.org.   They showcase gorgeous nature photography from award winning photographers.  (No affiliation.)

Every Monday for several months now, they have flash sales of certain prints.  I love this because I love a deal (don’t we all…) and, what is better than a deal on ART?!  Especially equine/nature art!

I’ve been waiting (not very patiently) for a particular print to be put into the flash sale… It is called “Curious Mustang” and it normally sells for $275.  But I knew about these flash sales and I hoped that Curious Mustang would appear one Monday…  Well, yesterday was the day!  So I’m telling all of you!

Today, and this week, Curious Mustang is ONLY $100!  (12″ x 8″)  Of course, I got mine!  And I want you to get yours, too!!  (No affiliation)

Click here for that flash sale deal!

For me, the expression of this young horse in this print – and the dynamism – is lovely.  I also like the two, more shy guys, in the back.  To me, the colors make this look like a painting, but it is a photograph.  I LOVE that!

Great job, Melissa Farlow!  Melissa contributes to a number of Wild Mustang non-profits, including Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin for her research and work with Native wild horses at Sacred Way Sanctuary (Sacredwaysanctuary.org) in Florence, Alabama.

Here are the other pieces in the Vital Impacts FLASH SALE  this week:

All of the below prints are only $100 as well!!  OMGosh!  I love these images so much…  Isn’t it great to be able to purchase these amazing, award winning photographers at such an affordable rate?!  I grabbed the Rhinos, too!

Shannon Wild. Crash – (I purchased this one, too!)

Click to go to sale page

Aimee Jan. Green Sea Turtle

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Melissa Groo. Galapagos Sea Lion

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THESE ARE SOME OTHER PIECES FROM THE SITE… SO GORGEOUS!

Click here to peruse all the glorious photos on the Vital Impacts site.  Have fun!!

Ami Vitale. Kamara and Kilifi. CLICK to go to image

Jody MacDonald. Rajan the Swimming Elephant. Click to go to image

Marina Cano. King. Click to go to image

Vincent J. Musi. Bottlenose Dolphin. We love Vincent. I often post his dog portraits. Click here to go to image.

Steve Woods. Surface Tension. Click here to go to site.

How about that… I picked Musi again! I didn’t even realize that… Vincent J. Musi. Azy the Orangutan – click to go to image.

Hand-Signed Jane Goodall. Self Portrait. Click to go to image.

SO LOVELY.  (Happy Sigh)

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FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $2045  (Thank you!)

Horse and Man Foundation, Inc has a new Fund button. KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND. This fund will go on all day, all the time. It will always be here. If you want to save a horse from slaughter, you know we will do that here.

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