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Down in the Dirt

It had been a frustrating day. Photographing the Crumpler family of Wichita Falls, Texas, it was overcast, dark and gloomy. I was struggling to get good photos for the article, which appeared in the May 2005 issue of Performance Horse. Then the clouds finally broke, Don Crumpler saddled up cutting horse superstar Woody Be Tuff, and I lay down in the dirt and started firing away. They were working in a small round pen, so I used my wide angle lens, which allowed me to include the fence shadows, power line and calf's tail. It wasn't my idea, but all those elements seem to point the eye to the cutting horse. Woody Be Tuff has since sired the earners of more than $1 million.

It had been a frustrating day. Photographing the Crumpler family of Wichita Falls, Texas, it was overcast, dark and gloomy. I was struggling to get good photos for the article, which appeared in the May 2005 issue of Performance Horse. Then the clouds finally broke, Don Crumpler saddled up cutting horse superstar Woody Be Tuff, and I lay down in the dirt and started firing away. They were working in a small round pen, so I used my wide angle lens, which allowed me to include the fence shadows, power line and calf's tail. It wasn't my idea, but all those elements seem to point the eye to the cutting horse. Woody Be Tuff has since sired the earners of more than $1 million.  It had been a frustrating day. I was photographing the Crumpler family of Wichita Falls, Texas, and the sky was overcast. In the dark and gloomy light, I was struggling to get good photos for the article, which appeared in the May 2005 issue of Performance Horse magazine. Then the clouds finally broke, Don Crumpler saddled up cutting horse superstar Woody Be Tuff, and I lay down in the dirt and started firing away. They were working in a small round pen, so I used my wide angle lens, which allowed me to include the fence shadows, power line and calf’s tail. It wasn’t my idea, but all those elements seem to point the eye to the cutting horse. Woody Be Tuff has since sired the earners of more than $1 million.

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