Michael Newman

Husband | Farmer | Photographer

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Black Ameraucana hen - I showed this hen at my local fair, Pensacola Interstate Fair, and she won 4th best in show, over a couple hundred birds! 
I’m working on my studio lighting for chickens and thought she’d be a great subject.
Canon 5D III, 24-70mm f/2.8L, Alien Bee B800 with Westcott Apollo 50x50 as main light and a Canon 430 exii for kick light.  
1/200th of a second at f/5.0 and ISO 100.

Black Ameraucana hen - I showed this hen at my local fair, Pensacola Interstate Fair, and she won 4th best in show, over a couple hundred birds! 

I’m working on my studio lighting for chickens and thought she’d be a great subject.

Canon 5D III, 24-70mm f/2.8L, Alien Bee B800 with Westcott Apollo 50x50 as main light and a Canon 430 exii for kick light.  

1/200th of a second at f/5.0 and ISO 100.

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Joel Salatin

If you don’t know Joel Salatin, look up the documentary Food Inc. and the book Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.   I’ve always felt that he is the unofficial mascot of Local Food.  He’s the David going up against the Goliath Giant big food industry companies.  Local food has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few years as people become aware and concerned about the factory farmed food you find in the grocery store.   I’ve watched countless YouTube videos of Joel, read just about all of his books and have had the pleasure of going to his farm and meeting him a couple of times.  He’s an amazing, vibrant, speaker.  He has a knack for clever phrases and big words, sometimes made up ones!   But what I love about him most is that he’s a down to earth guy that loves God, his family and people.  

He was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of his time to photograph him at the Grassman Stock Farmers Pastured Pig Conference I attended recently in Jackson, Mississippi.   Thanks Joel!

Shot with a Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, Westcott Apollo 50x50” softbox and Alien Bee B800. 

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Sheldon - my horse.  He’s a Chestnut Quarter Horse with a beautiful white blaze.  He’s a great horse with a great disposition, good ground manners and lots of get up and go!  Finding a horse is like finding a spouse (horse people will know what I’m talking about!), it has to be a good fit and I couldn’t have asked for a better horse.  
Never thought I’d be riding horses ever in my life but then I married a farm girl and this is what we enjoy doing together. I got Sheldon in April of 2012, and it’s hard to believe I’ve only had him 1.5 years.  Sheldon is 8 years old and currently ambitious to become the boss horse in our small herd.  He started out as a good horse but has come even further with training.  I originally took him to Mirka with Equine Foundations and she gave him some great training and came back an even better horse.  When I first got him he didn’t like for his head to be handled but I’ve fixed him of that, sometimes you just have to be more hard-headed and stubborn than the horse!  I subscribe to the natural horsemanship method and it’s been a fun journey to not only see my horse improve but also to become a better rider and partner with him. 
Shot with Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with 110mm Sekor lens on Kodak Portra 400 film and processed by the FILM lab.

Sheldon - my horse.  He’s a Chestnut Quarter Horse with a beautiful white blaze.  He’s a great horse with a great disposition, good ground manners and lots of get up and go!  Finding a horse is like finding a spouse (horse people will know what I’m talking about!), it has to be a good fit and I couldn’t have asked for a better horse.  

Never thought I’d be riding horses ever in my life but then I married a farm girl and this is what we enjoy doing together. I got Sheldon in April of 2012, and it’s hard to believe I’ve only had him 1.5 years.  Sheldon is 8 years old and currently ambitious to become the boss horse in our small herd.  He started out as a good horse but has come even further with training.  I originally took him to Mirka with Equine Foundations and she gave him some great training and came back an even better horse.  When I first got him he didn’t like for his head to be handled but I’ve fixed him of that, sometimes you just have to be more hard-headed and stubborn than the horse!  I subscribe to the natural horsemanship method and it’s been a fun journey to not only see my horse improve but also to become a better rider and partner with him. 

Shot with Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with 110mm Sekor lens on Kodak Portra 400 film and processed by the FILM lab.

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