19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

A wild stallion stands victor, taking the moment to survey his domain's beautiful landscape. Two horses were pounding hooves, about to fight, but then the other decided to just give up and walk away, leaving this one triumphant. The winning horse was a bit surprised, and exhibited the rare behavior of just gazing around at the landscape. To get these striking silhouettes I came up with a technique of manually focusing on the horse yet exposing for the sun.

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