19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Son Rise at Sunset

A wild pony playfully rises in front of his mother, a gesture signifying dominance that will become more important as this horse ages into a fighting stallion. Getting this was near impossible and I've been chasing it for years; you have to align perfectly with where the sun just set or its too dark, and have a five minute window of ambient light. Too dark to autofocus, entirely manual. As I reposition, prickly chaparral continuously scratches. This is one of the hardest shots I have ever taken.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Dugway, Utah, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM4
Copyright: © Brian Clopp