Sunday, October 9, 2016

Terror At Trail Blazer

Its October, the spookiest month of the year, and to end my long hiatus I have a special halloween treat! It's a ghost story unlike any other (hopefully) so without further ado, Terror At Trail Blazer.

Jake and Doc Olsen were on their last roping attempt of the day. It had been rather unsuccessful and frustrating. The pair had only one calf left, Mooya, who was quickly tiring.

 Storm and Rita were raring to go. The gate opened and the horses charged out of the start box, their riders twirling their ropes.
 Doc's lariat flew past Rita's head,

 And landed perfectly over Mooya's.
 Sadly, Jake's lasso fell short and missed his back leg. Today marked a rather unsuccessful day of roping.
 "It's alright, Storm is young, I'm sure you'll get there," said John.
 "Thanks, but it's not his fault, it's my problem. I got a little rusty and my mind is elsewhere," said Jake. Then he rode off to the stables to untack Storm.
 Once all the horses were put away Jake headed back to the start box. Jake was feeling uneasy and everyone could tell.
 "What's wrong, Jake? Storm got you down again?" asked Doc.
 "No, it's October. It's just, just…"
"What afraid of some ghosts?" Maya taunted.
 "Oh is it your silly, little ghost story? I'm not sure I really believe that," quipped John.
 "It's real! I swear! Let me tell you the story again. It all happened one October day, when I first moved here.
 I was working for a dude ranch and I wanted to go out for a ride after work. The only horse that hadn't been worked was a stallion named Spirit. He was wild and no one liked him. I figured I could give him a chance.
 The ride through the forest seemed to be normal until he began to rear. I figured he just got spooked by some leaves and I got him under control again. We were heading to my favorite spot, the hidden lake.
 When we got to the beach, Spirit was curious and had fun pawing the surf and exploring. He wasn't such a bad guy.
 He loved the water,
 the sand,
 and he seemed to just relax. I started to read a book and unwind myself. I remember feeling hot air on back, and I just thought that he had come over to say hello. I turned around, and he was on the opposite end of the beach. It seemed odd but I dismissed the whole dilemma.
 After an hour or so I put his bridle back on and got ready to head home. Suddenly I saw something move, and Spirit's ears twitched back and forth.
 A horse galloped along the beach! But this horse, was different. He had a skeleton jockey hanging on his back and seemed to screech as he ran by.
 Spirit whipped around in the sand and got between me and the phantom. It seemed to be on its way and set to leave when another horse appeared.
 This one was threatening, with odd pinto markings. She had bats, ghouls, and goblins tattooed on her body.
 Perhaps the scariest part was her fangs and glowing white eyes. She wasn't just the lead mare of this ghoulish band of horses, she was the Night Mare. Her whinny sounded like screams. Her breath sounded like steam hissing out of an engine. She was truly frightening.
 Then a third horse stormed the beach. He charged towards Spirit.
 He got on his hind legs, ready to fight.
 Instead of running away, Spirit stayed and fought. I could almost swear he was trying to protect me, but maybe I was mistaken. He battled with this horse decorated with macabre skulls and thrashing hooves.
 During the fight, I landed in the water, underneath Spirit's fighting legs. I thought this would be the end, but in a pause during the battle I used all my strength to get up.
 I jumped onto Spirit's back and we were off, flying through the woods.
 The Night Mare and her friend were hot on our tails when Spirit leaped over a log. I was so weak that the jolt threw me off his back.
 I landed on the ground, dazed and slipping into a wave of unconsciousness.
 All I remember was that crazed stallion with the skulls standing over me.
I woke up in the barn aisle, soaking wet with the foreman standing over me. He asked what had happened and when I told my story all he could do was nod. After a long moment of silence he turned to his partner and whispered, 'They're back'. No one ever said anything more about that incident, but I'm certain no one forgot it. Oddly enough, Spirit, the wild and crazy stallion, was calm as could be. Kids could ride him and he never gave a bad step. Perhaps he saw something no one else did that night."
 "Cute story," said John with a smirk.
 "You scared me!" cried Sydney.
"Oh Jake, it's time to let it go," sighed Doc.
 Jake turned to his faithful dog and asked, "You believe me right?"
"Woof."

Friday, April 1, 2016

Deadline Extended!

So please come and enter my photo story contest! The date has been extended to April 7th. The prizes can be seen in the last post. All entries will be featured on my blog and the winner will be announced! Please enter! All details on the first post. 
Also here is my new custom, Gatica!

Monday, March 7, 2016

TBF Photostory Contest


 Hello everyone! I decided to host a contest. I love making photo stories but I also love to see photo stories other people have made. I thought that it would be fun if I hosted a contest where you must make your own photo story.
Rules: ~Must include at least 4 pictures. No maximum on how many.
~ Can use any kind of model horse
~ Must be your own photos
~Follow the prompt: Today is a very big day at your stable. What's going on? Why is everyone excited and what is the big commotion for?
~Once photographed and completed you can post it on your blog and leave a comment for me to check it out, or you can email it to sandjfilmsmovies@gmail.com
~ Entries are due no later than April 1st and judging will take place a week after. Winners will be announced on the blog. Deadline may be extended.
 Prizes: First place winner will get a digital ribbon along with a custom stablemate commission (any simple-ish color), second place will get a printable ribbon and free halter (any size, any color) and third place winners will get a digital ribbon.
 Now here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Special effects can be useful! Notice how in these two scenes it appears that there is some dust getting kicked up under the horse. Not the best affect but it works and adds to the appearance of motion.

 This picture without the dust looks a little more still in my opinion.
 Perception and focus is everything! This is the full picture, horse and rider approaching jump, a little close if I might add.

 Here we have shifted to be behind the horse and have kept the horse in focus.
 Now the jump is in focus, telling us a different story.
 Going behing the rider and horse shows us another story, to me it puts more emphasis on the partnership and the horse.

 Here we see a zoomed in portrait view. By taking the picture on an angle it seems like the horse is starting to lift off.

 Don't forget that everyone has a good side and a bad side. However Beast has no bad side. ;D

 Except that this angle makes his head look larger than his body and the proportions aren't the best. We can tell that he might be turning since we saw the other pictures, but without them he just looks like he wants to run away.

 And I will warn you, dust is evil. This guy was covered in it and I forgot to dust him.

 Hopefully these little tips will help you in your photography and I can't wait to see what you guys can create!
 Weather it's dogs riding ponies,
 or um, this.
 remember to have fun! Good luck everybody.