Jen Carrick  

Cowboy's Farewell by Jen Carrick

November 2019 - Cowboy's Farewell

About the Image(s)

I converter this to B and W in PS, gave it a light sepia look in Silver Efex. I gave it a tight crop to emphasize the riderless horse.

1/25, 3.8, Iso 1600, 77 mm

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7 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Great job here, Jen. Scenes like this are so busy, and you've managed to avoid all the clutter and present a nice clean compelling composition. I love the way it's bordered at the top, with just a bit of the riders showing, and the way the vignette directs the light to your subject horse. If only we could have seen the faces of the riders. Very nice.   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:49:06

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Nicely done, Jen. You have achieved a very moving photograph. One nit pick. There seems to be part of another horse and rider on the left edge. I would cone it out aand give the remaining horse and rider a little room   Posted: 11/11/2019 12:05:07

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Jen - I've never been to a show like this, so am unfamiliar with them. I'm afraid I don't understand the "farewell" story here or the implication of the riderless horse! Sorry! We can't see the faces of the two mail riders.

So it's not doing anything for me. I have to be missing something!   Posted: 11/13/2019 10:49:47
Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Adrian, I think it is similar to the 'missing man formation' which is to remember the fallen pilot, in this case cowboy.
I agree with Albert too about the lack or room on the left.   Posted: 11/13/2019 15:12:11

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I think you caught the emotion well. I picked up on the title when I read the title and saw the image - missing man formation. It is a poignant moment. At issue for me is that at the top of the image you can only see the horses rear ends. To My eye, I would have preferred to see all of the cowboys sitting on the horses. It would have been nice to see the two riders faces, but it was not a necessity to my eye.

It is, to my mind, a great story telling image but sadly the fact that I can only see the horses buts in the line at the top kind of ruins it for me. I would be interested in seeing the original.

Thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 11/15/2019 12:40:09

Don Crow   Don Crow
I agree with Ed. I find the horses in the background a bit distracting. You captured a very somber moment. Well done.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:36:05

John Erve   John Erve
Jen, for me the story is about the rider less horse and I can imagine a story that this is a memorial for the cowboy who is no longer around due to an accident down on the ranch. The lighting and vignette work for me as it brings my attention to the rider less horse and the fact that you caught the other riders with their eyes not visible reinforces the point that the story is not about them. In this sense, I think you create a successful image that viewers can think about and come up with different explanations for what they see.   Posted: 11/19/2019 21:55:40