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A long day at the horse auction.

A long day at the horse auction.

These two photos were taken at an Amish-Mennonite horse auction held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania recently. A fifty-yard long runway was roped off and covered with mulch so horses could be run along this lane prior to entering the auction ring. One horse after another came running up and back down this lane led by the owner who would run along leading the horse or horse team. Buyers lined the rope outside of the run to get a close up look at the horses in action and to see how well they moved and their overall confirmation. I was positioned at the far end photographing some of the action, when I noticed this group of Amish men standing along the rope. I was drawn to the overall look of the group because to me it had an abstract sculptural composition I liked. I took the first shot and then just after I took the first shot some of the group moved. One man looked up directly at me, and another stretched and yawned and the boy played on the rope. I didnít even think about it, and automatically took the second shot and then went back to photographing the running horses. When I looked at the two pictures side by side later at home on my computer screen and I saw just what was there, I just loved it. The expressions and poses are priceless, and so natural, that they make me smile every time I look at them. I thought they needed to be seen together as a before and after shot. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1/200s f/7.1 at 300.0mm iso2000 full exif

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Dawn23-Jan-2012 16:48
That is a great, in just that short moment you caught a contagious change in expressions showing what a long day it had been. I understand how tired you can become at these long event, as enjoyable as they are, as i have been to a few horse and bull auctions. Very nice catch. I look forward to more photos of auction day.
lou_rozensteins21-Jan-2012 23:28
Nice .... they could be a little bored, especially the child! Great capture of their expressions.
Ken Chambers ARPS21-Jan-2012 21:43
Wonderful picture.
I think however from their style of dress, they have taken a note from the late Henry Ford when talking of his Model T car. "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black"
teachpeace21-Jan-2012 19:43
I do love what you've done here. I must say, they are almost as hard to tell apart as their buggies.
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