In every shoot there is at least one surprise picture. In this one there were several. Here is my favorite, the pearl gray: Celestine, known as Palustris in my herd (after pinus palustris, the longleaf pine of the south). Who'd've guessed she'd turn out looking so good!
Here's Palustris from another angle, which shows the forehead. I'm sorry the cape doesn't fit right; this is another tale of woe you'll hear about later.
Starting Akhal Teke set no 4. Here he is showing off his beautiful color with the light blue aquamarines.
Each of these shots is processed separately, and thus they don't always match each other. (Honestly, my house is not really that color.) Here's Shazada, in whole body for reference:
And a close up of his portrait. The colors of the stones range from light to darker and from greenish to blue.
Very close up on this horse. The 2-ply neckband (the top one) is made with aquamarines, the very smallest ones I had. The 3-ply is made with sapphires, as I didn't have any aquamarines the right size. (Larger ones will go for the breastcollar.) Note how some sapphires are less blue than the aquamarines.
Here's a Bird's-Eye shot. The cape jewel was lighter than most, and thus very hard to photograph.
Here we see it all on Marimba, my own resincast Perlino. She was my NaMo horse for 2020. The slightly smaller size was a challenge.
Moving on to the centerpiece horse, Altynai / Talisman simply steals the show. I put him in just the neckpieces at first.
More Talisman posing in all his wild-eyed glory. With a bit of darkening overall (the overcast was a help here), the jewel colors came out well.
Here is Altynai/Talisman in the full bridle, cape and neckpieces. It's a shot made possible by the zoom feature of the camera. Still washed out on the face but the neck is realistic.
If it weren't for Brasenose, I'd quit here, with this super portrait. What a photogenic horse! As it is we're using it for the frontispiece:
I could always fall back on the tried and true Laid Out on the Rail approach:
But it's fun struggling with the horses. Who's next? How about a wild card! Of course the neckpieces don't fit at all on a Saddlebred. The cape or crown piece, made to be strung on the poll strap, really doesn't fit this larger throatlatch (viz., Palustris). The cape is trying to fit over the poll buckle and can't do so; I may try to correct this. But the view of the jewel colors is a pleasant discovery, especially when you remember how many Akhal Tekes will be in golden yellow.
The brother of Laird is, in my herd, Rafael. Here unfortunately is a disappointing pairing. No matter how I darkened, his black coat washed out the camera every time. Still there is potential; in person he is lovely.
To end this undoubtedly indulgent shooting session, I present my original and still beloved Russian resincast Teke, Brasenose my NaMoPaiMo horse from 2018.