Family Snapshot   7 comments

Two adults and a foal, the wild ponies of Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout, North Carolina

Family Snapshot

I was going to lead off today with a different image from our kayak trip to Cape Lookout, but the wild ponies of Shackleford Banks keep calling to me today.

Just a few feet away from the male featured in Bad Hair Day, were these two adults keeping a close watch over the young’n. They never let her stray too far from the herd, and usually kept her positioned between adults.

I’m not sure what it is that draws us so much to babies, whether it’s ponies, puppies, people, or elephants. Is it just the cuteness factor? A sense of innocence and wonder? Perhaps there’s a certain freshness and playfulness to them, but I can never seem to get enough. I snapped quite a number of frames of this group and the foal as they walked toward and along the beach, disappearing into the sand dunes.

Hand-held single frame from Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 70-300mm lens at 300mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/500s

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  1. What a cool family capture here Rob, I love the reflections too! Great work man!

  2. I like how the guy on the right is like the odd man out. Different colored mane and a darker coat. Great reflections and setting here man!

  3. Great capture and I love the reflections of the horses.

  4. Wow, Rob, talk about crisp! What great details in this shot! I just love the colors in the horses, and the little one looks to be a little curious as to what your story is. Awesome work, my friend!

  5. This is a wonderful portrait Rob. Your affection for this little family is really apparent as was your sense of humor in “Bad Hair Day”. It’s so cool when we learn a little about the photographer/artist through his work. Love that youthful curiosity on the baby’s face!

  6. Wow!
    Love this capture, Rob. This is a really nice photo, catching the ponies in just the right poses. Well done.

  7. Great capture, love the rich colors

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