Is my team ploughing (horses at work)

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by grebeman, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Those are not A E Housman´s blue remembered hills in the far distance, but the South Hams of Devon as seen from Sorley Cross just outside Kingsbridge at todays vintage farming rally, and these guys pulling the plough are Robert and Harold.





  2. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    A handsome pair!
  3. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Nice shots. Just a personal thing but I think the firt one would be better with less drama in the sky. I find it distracting.
  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Perhaps a little overdone, but I like my dramatic skies :smile:

  5. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    One day the folks of Devon will discover John Deere and things will never be the same again :wink:

    Great series Barrie. Showed the better half who lives for horses and you got a thumbs up. :thumbup: High praise indeed!
  6. biglouis

    biglouis Veteran

    Aug 4, 2013
    Third shot does it for me. Although you can't see what the horses are pulling there is a lot of character in that shot.

  7. Kind of neat to see old school technology
  8. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Thanks Mark, and kindly thank your better half for me. I have a photograph of an early John Deere there (with the side by side front wheels), the driver is in my other series on people there

  9. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Sometimes, there's nothing like doing things the old-fashioned way...Great stuff! :smile
  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Great as a series, with the third image of just the two horses being my favourite.
  11. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    I spent many long hours in my youth, following mules and horses through the fields and woods. We had no tractor on the small dairy farm, until after I left home. About 90 acres of crop and pasture land was cared for by "horse/mule/man/boy" power. We also did some small timber logging with them. A lot of hard work and great memories, attached to working animals. Thanks for the reminder. :smile:
  12. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    My pleasure
  13. Brianive

    Brianive New Member

    Nov 11, 2010
    Great shots of horses pushing (not pulling a plow). Harnesses and gear are designed for the horses to push against the collar that rides around their neck, thus resulting in the plow moving forward. My first "real job" on the farm was driving a pair of these gentle giants up and down the rows "packing" the just planted corn on my parent's farm. I was all of about seven years old.
  14. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Beautifully seen and I think you are just getting better and better and better to best in your black and white, Barrie!

    By the way, I love the high key drama in your first as Robert and Harold are putting their all into it. The textures throughout are fantastic - and so is this handsome pair. Wonderful!
  15. ivoire

    ivoire All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    +1 to that! You'r turning out great BnW... Bold and Dramatic is a style I enjoy.