Wi-Fly? by Michigan Equine Photographer Laura Adams
God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
~Ogden Nash, “The Fly”
It was an equine sales ad session and our conformation, head, and under saddle shots went perfectly. All we had left to do were get some images of this cute gelding at liberty. We took this horse out to an arena to photograph him, and this one lone fly – the nemesis of every horse – showed up on-set to torture him. As I photographed him, the fly kept dive-bombing my equine model, and after a few moments, you could tell that this poor horse was getting really anxious about the fly. A necessary tool for every equine photographer during spring, summer, and fall, is fly spray, but despite being armed with it AND using it generously, we simply could not deter this pesky fly from his target. (We switched locations and lost the fly – talk about persistence, though!)
Imagine my surprise when I started processing images from this session to see that I’d captured not just the offender, but the look of complete irritation on this horse’s face as it was buzzing about! While I’d like to tell you that it was my intention to photograph the exchange, it would be an outright lie – it was a lucky shot that is now filed in my collection of funny equine photographs.
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