Chiarascuro – Black Background Horse Portraits - Three Red Ponies

Chiarascuro – Black Background Horse Portraits

One of my favourite techniques in traditional oil paintings is chiarascuro, a classic technique developed by da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt who used high contrast shadows and light to create drama in their paintings.

I don’t have the time (or the patience) required to create photo realistic oil paintings any more, but I am really enjoying playing with this technique again with my studio lighting equipment.

Black background studio horse photograph
Black background studio fine art horse photography
Black background studio horse photography
Black background studio horse photography
Wilson on black background studio horse photography

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Memories Lie – Photographs Tell the Truth

The passing of time brings many things to our lives, some good, some bad. Even those things you know are inevitable, still bring heartbreaking sadness. Long term readers of this blog may remember the many years we went through with very traumatic life threatening health issues my husband had, with Royal Flying Doctor trips to Perth, countless hospital admissions, including ICU and more times that he nearly

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Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring

Australian Friesian Horse Society 2019 Keuring – WA

I was invited up to the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon on 3 April to photograph the WA leg of the 2019 Australian Friesian Horse Society and KFPS Keuring Tour. The keuring (judging) event is for the assessment and classification of Friesian horses for the official studbook and is carried out every two years by officials from the Netherlands, Inspector Harrie Draaijer and judge Wil

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Photography Workshop – Boyup Brook CRC

Photography Workshop – Boyup Brook CRC

In preparation for the ‘What’s Your Angle’ Photography Exhibition that I am honoured to have been asked to judge again this year, I will be doing a photography workshop at the Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre on Thursday 5th September 2019 from 1-3pm. If you are interested in attending, bookings are essential, email boyupbrook@crc.net.au or phone 9765 1169 to register.

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AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer – What it means for you

2018 has been an incredibly difficult and painful year for so many reasons, but there have also been some amazing things happen along the way. I am proud to announce that I have been notified last week that my application to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography has been successful and I am now an Accredited Professional Photographer. This means

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Tessa chestnut arab horse

Why I chose the Canon 5D Mark IV for Equine Photography

Some photographers get all bent out of shape about which is better, Nikon or Canon, I’ve had both, they are excellent brands but for me personally, the Canon line feels better in my hand and I find it more intuitive to use than Nikon. I also now have a decent investment in Canon glass that I am very happy with,

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Chestnut Horse studio light photography behind the scenes

Behind the Scenes Horse Studio Photography Session

A behind the scenes look at a recent horse photography session using portable studio flash lighting equipment. The safety of the horse and handler is always the priority for equine photography sessions and each horse is slowly introduced and de-sensitised to the lighting equipment from a distance prior to starting the session. Black background studio photography sessions for horses can

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showjumping horse Bunbury agricultural show

Equestrian Event Photography Website Update

All equestrian event photos since 2015 (with a list of archived events from 2007-2015) are available again at https://michellewrightonphotography.com.au/ I’ve had a number of computer and website challenges for the past few weeks so to resolve the event photo website as quickly as possible at this busy time of year, I have renewed with zenfolio. This means all your saved

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Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Boyup Brook Photographer

2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour – Boyup Brook

A thrilling opportunity for our country town to be a part of this experience! Our little town is busy preparing to bring Flemington Raceway to south west WA and our whole town will halt on 24th August to welcome the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour as one of 37 destinations visited around the world, including the UK, Ireland, Korea and

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Andalusian stallion black background grey horse photography

Three ways to create Black Background Horse Portrait Photography

I’ve had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light,

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