This is the horse that sparked everything. My ever so understanding and tolerate gelding Scotch Megafleet. Other wise known as Jag.
He is a 2001 APHA gelding that I have owned since the summer of 2006. He is my only horse that I've ever owned and I would not trade him for anything. He lets me fiddle with him and try a bit of everything. We've jumped, done lower-level dressage, all around western, beginning steps to driving, etc. He dotes around and lets my younger sister and her friends ride him and will take me for quiet, relaxing trail rides without protest. In my eyes, he's perfect.
In my opinion, Jag has a very attractive face. Refined but masculine. A kind eye says it all.
Hi! This was achieved a bit by pure luck. My horse was standing in an indoor arena on a sunny after noon. He happened to be by an open door so the light flooded in and lit him but the background stayed dark. I just upped the contrast a bit and burned out some imperfections in the background and that was that.
You can get the same effect on purpose by just having a covered area that is low-lit and positioning your subject at the crest of it to a brightly lit "outside". Make sure you are properly exposed (which for these shots will be under-exposed generally) and touch up later in post-process work.
Some people will manually black out a background in photoshop by selecting the background and just paint-bucket'ing' it black.