E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image He talks to the animals.

He talks to the animals.

This man spent some time talking to these foals, while they were waiting to be sold. He had a kindly face, a gentle voice and they seemed interested in whatever it was he was saying.

Taken at the Beaulieu Road Pony Sales in October this year.

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He talks to the animals.

This man spent some time talking to these foals, while they were waiting to be sold. He had a kindly face, a gentle voice and they seemed interested in whatever it was he was saying.

Taken at the Beaulieu Road Pony Sales in October this year.

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comments (13)

Hi Ellie,
nice!
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Dec 2006, 02:51
Its his expression and his gesture that makes this stand out for me. good capture.
EJWilkins: Thanks Elsie smile
a very nature shot ! nice one Ellie
EJWilkins: Than you Dafredo smile
Hi Ellie, once in Discovery channel I watched a man who was able to whisper to horses. And he was a very renowned person for this. Actually he knows the gestures that the horse could understand. Nice shot. smile
EJWilkins: It was that sort of person I was thinking of, this man certainly 'had a way' with these foals.
I'm liking this a lot El, very strong, very strong indeed. ;-)
EJWilkins: Thanks Johnny, made my day wink
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire,. UK
  • 13 Dec 2006, 10:49
This has a feel of county magazine photos. Apart from the clutter in the background I can see it being used with an article in Hampshire Life. It's sharp enough and tells the story. Very nicely done.

To overcome unwanted elements requires a bit of lateral thinking or mountaineering. Climbing up to the top rail, for example, and looking down into the pens might allow you to eliminate unnecessary elements.
EJWilkins: What a generous comment, thanks.
The rest are very good points, and I understand what you mean about the background. I was standing on a rail, not the top one though, I'd have been far too wobbly! I'll have to wait for the sales next autumn before I try any other angles, but I'll certainly bear in mind what you've said.
  • Louis
  • 13 Dec 2006, 11:05
grin I see chunter also wants you to get onto high places to improve the background. Time you go buy some mountaineering gear.

I am not sure that you need to cut the background as this is a general interest kind of picture. A great photo in my estimate - got a bit of a soft spot for these character kind of pictures - but still nice and clear etc.

Had a physio/chiro kind of person with my horse on monday, wish you were there. It is amazing the raport he builds with a horse in a matter of seconds. He makes the horse pliable through interaction and then with his bare hands sets the backbones of a grown thoroughbred straight - and no fuss.
EJWilkins: wink worth trying perhaps, at next year's sales. My 'if only' for this picture is the foal in the foreground, 'if only' it had been looking at him .. but never mind.
It is amazing how some people have an instant rapport with animals, and how they can use it for their benefit. I hope you've got some nice pictures.
Very nice picture and well done with a perfect management of composition : Bravo !
EJWilkins: Thank you Zebigleb, kind of you to say so smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 13 Dec 2006, 13:35
The horse whisperer, indeed! My instant response to this pic was "Yeah, Baby!" Even my grandson would say that. smile

He clearly has a soothing, comforting voice. Look how the foals are all facing him. I like the added touch of his olive-colored cap. smile
EJWilkins: His voice was lovely, you're right. Thanks Ginnie smile
  • Mal
  • 13 Dec 2006, 17:49
That is a lovely moment in time El, I really like this. I wonder what Dr Dolittle was saying! Great image. Mal
EJWilkins: Thanks Mal, I have no idea what he was saying but his voice was so gentle and they were taking notice of whatever it was.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Dec 2006, 21:59
Nice moment Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris, it was a very nice moment, I'm glad the picture worked out reasonably well.
very cool to the man making new friends.
EJWilkins: thanks Dotun, yes he was, either that or they were his foals .. I don't know.
nice shot,
reminds me of the 'horse whisperer'

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