This is my second “Getting to Know” post and I’m excited to share the work of Mythical Horse.
Katrina’s work is quite individual and I really admire that about her images. The first thing I noticed when I first saw her blog was “beautiful light”….and she uses it to her advantage in post processing which is the second thing I noticed. Her post processing, to me, is artistic and unique. Wanting to know more, I asked Katrina if she would mind sharing her work through my blog because I believe others will love her work as well. Graciously she accepted, so I put the interview here for you along with a gallery of her images.
Interview with Katrina from Mythical Horse:
1) How long have you been taking photos and what inspired you to start photography?
I’ve had a camera for a lot of years without really knowing what I was doing. I got my first digital camera in 2008, a decent point and shoot, so I could have some photos of my horse, but I was still oblivious about the compositional aspects and what contributes to a great image. I used to draw when I was younger, self-taught with absolutely no art training, which may have helped me wing it. Then in June 2012 my soul-horse died and I retired just around the same time. He had been the driving force in my life, my muse and my inspiration. While he was alive I could hardly wait to get up in the mornings to go and see him – my fire went out when he died. Suddenly I had all this time on my hands, I didn’t know what to do with myself, physically or emotionally, and there was nothing I wanted to apply myself to. I felt completely adrift. Now I had the time to play so I decided to teach myself to become a better photographer. I bought an entry level DSLR, found tutorials online, took out books from the library, and went out and spent most days prowling the local parks and beach for things to photograph. I’d come home from a day out shooting and download the photos to my computer and deep-six most of them. But it helped me get to know my camera really well. I spent hours browsing through online photo critique sites so I could get a feel for what worked and didn’t work and why.
2) What do you try to convey with your photography, either in style or emotion?
I’m still exploring my personal style but I want my images to encourage people to take a closer look at nature, to be more curious about it, to find pleasure in it. I like to focus on details that might normally be overlooked, or capture animals in mid activity, or at least process my images in a way that might cause someone to take a second look. Currently I love creating images with a chiaroscuro-ish effect — a moody contrast kind of look, but with the addition of a splash of color most of the time. I love using textures that I’ve made myself to give an image a painterly feel.
3) What camera do you use, what’s your favorite lens and what post processing software do you use?
I have a Canon T3i with the kit lenses, the 18-55mm and the 55-250mm. I shoot RAW and usually in manual mode. I own neither a tripod nor an off-camera flash at the moment. I need to resolve the tripod issue, but I can live without the flash as I prefer to make use of natural light. Except when I’m traveling, the 250mm stays on my camera almost all the time. It’s a frustrating lens for me, I find it a little soft and the auto-focus can be inconsistent. But I may just have higher expectations of it than is realistic, and it suits my shooting style so it’s what I have until I can afford something better. For post processing I have a small Wacom tablet and use Lightroom 5, the Nik suite, PS Elements 10, and occasionally OnOne’s PerfectEffects 8. I particularly love LR5 and Nik, and I find that they really help offset the inadequacies of my lenses.
4) Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with photography, but you’d like people to know.
I’ve loved horses for as long as I can remember but didn’t get one of my own until I was 30. I always fantasized about riding a “hi-ho Silver!” kind of horse (as in The Lone Ranger TV series), and my last horse, my soul horse, delivered… And then some. And then some more… The image in my blog’s “About” page shows he and I in our favorite goofing-around stunt.