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Some Really BIG Horses

Some Really BIG Horses
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Copyright: Daniel Ryan (boonie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Event, Pets, Portrait
Camera: NIKON D 70, Nikkor 18-70mm f/3-4.5 G ED (kit lens)
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-05 7:03
Viewed: 2373
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While in Kentucky this past April we attended the races at Keenland Race Track. Also visiting were the Budweiser Clydesdales in all their splender. They are really big. If you look closely you should be able to the Dalmation that always ride on the wagon.

I'll be away for a week playing with grandchildren - I'll catch up next week end. Be safe.


Wikipedia:The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the very hard-working farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named for that region. Thought to be over 300 years old, the breed was extensively used for pulling heavy loads in rural, industrial and urban settings, their common use extending into the 1960s when they were a still a familiar sight pulling the carts of milk and vegetable vendors.

They have been exported in the Commonwealth and United States where they are famous for their use as the mascot of various beer brands, including company Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser brand, Carlton & United Beverages and several others.

At one time there were at least 140,000 Clydesdales known in Scotland; by 1949 just 80 animals were licensed in England and by 1975 the Rare Breed Survival Trust had listed the breed as "vulnerable". Clydesdales have since seen resurgence in popularity and population, resulting in the breed's status being reclassified favorably as "at risk" with an estimated global population of just 5,000 individuals. Clydesdales are now most numerous in the United States where recently over 600 foals are reportedly born each year.

Today, the Clydesdale's most significant presence is in exhibition and parade.

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The go0d old Clydesdale!

Lovely to see these majestic animals so well presented, Dan - you have caught great colour and details in the shot and the POV puts the whole scene nicely into perspective. Interesting shot, well done!

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 161 N: 337] (2163)
  • [2007-08-05 7:38]
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Hi Daniel
good capture and composition.
they're fantastic animals, and with good light of the day.
very sharp image and full of nice colors.

Hello Daniel, I had just posted a shot of heavy horses yesterday so this one asked for a closer look.
A good composition with the horses coming towards us and filling the shot.The size of them is apparent as you have included the people viewing them.
Colours and sharpness are spot-on.The notes are very good,tfs.
Regards Jean.

Another great image. It's really sharp, has good color and saturation. I saw these guys in St Louis one time. Formidible horses. We did a week's vacation in Lexington a long time ago. All the horse racing history in that area was really interesting.


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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-08-05 10:54]
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Fine picture, Dan, and another one that brings back memories. I saw these Clydesdale in Texas, and I also remember a ride on a Mecklenburg as a child.
Thanks, and enjoy your vacation,

hi there, neat shot, i like the perspective, beautiful horses, have a nice week off, talk to you soon, scott

Hello Daniel,

Yes, I've seen those horses here at Arther-Arcola. Beautiful ones. Huge and powerful. Its a wild breed of horses. Very nicely captured buggi. TFS


What a beautiful pov! Verty nice details and color. Hope you have tons of fun with your grandkids and see you back soon. TFs

Hello Daniel,

I really like this POv alot with great colors bg pOV DOF excllent composure great work''

TFS Kyle

Hi Daniel,

Eight horse power! . . Beautifully composed and very nice presentation . . Great detail . .


:-)) this afternoon (Indonesia time)

Hi Dan,
This is fantastic:) Beautiful horses and great capture! I like the perspective here. Excellent sharpness and nice colors!

Hello Daniel
Very beautiful composition and good management of all the parameters of this image. Framing is perfect. Beautiful work.
Good day.

The horses are very well turned out and so is your shot!!
I like that you have cropped so close to the front horses - makes them seem even larger!
I also like the perspective and the repeating pattern of the horses...

Hello Dan,
Good point of view, and they really look big!
I count eight of them here, they should be able to take a load indeed...
Well composed image, very good details in the well groomed animals!
Pablo -

Hi Daniel.
Beautiful photo,nice colors and very sharp.

Nice capture of these beautiful animals. I got to see them in a parade in Minister, Ohio Oktoberfest. I got to watch them run up the street at a good pace, quite a site and sound! They came to Wapakoneta once & got some nice photos of them, but it was so hot they did not run them. They had planned a route from the fairgrounds to downtown & back. But when they got uptown they brought in the semi-trucks & hauled them back to the fairgrounds since it was so hot! They take pretty good care of them. TFS this one, Don

Hi Daniel,
I've just had a look through your portfolio, I like the unconventional side of your tastes, but especially this one, which isn't so unconventional but the subject matter and the angle at which it was taken is superb. YOu have captured the grace and beautiful grooming of the horses in a very sympathetic manner, and just look at that old lady's smile of joy. It's a real treasure.

Here in the Midlands we call these magnificent beasts 'Shire horses', where they were first developed to pull the plough but later were utilised in the beer industry to pull beer carts.

Best wishes,

No one can truly appreciate the sizr of these animals, until you actually stand next to one! MASSIVE, beautiful, breathtaking! I love your POV! The soft hair on their feet are so nice! you did a great job with this one!
Thanks for your comments on the Alleyway!

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-08-25 17:31]

Hello Daniel:)))
The most beautiful horses!!! You are so lucky to see them and photograph... I love to have that opportunity sometime in the future.
Great shot and nice framing with good angle.
Regards - Tom

Hello Daniel, Fantastic image here, and great use of DoF. I probably would have framed it differently though. Regards Barry.

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