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Remember: Light Picks Up Color

There have been times in the field when I don’t remember breathing. This girl was blinded by her boyfriend, who shot her in the head twice. She is “seeing” her first horse.

This moment can’t be orchestrated, won’t come again, and reminds you of why you are a photographer. It’s never been published.

Sometimes I am asked why a white horse has a yellow nose. The window light is bouncing off bales of hay. Light picks up the color of what it hits.

I shot this with a Leica, because in an emotional, quiet scene like this, you don’t want the sound of a motor drive to destroy the atmosphere or spook the horse.

  • “Light picks up the color of what it hits.”
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