Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Tribe Has Spoken!

Okay--the tribe has spoken!  You have universally either avoided the subject of my tacky new logo or out and out called it for what it was!  I feel honored that so many people are reading and caring enough about my blog and work to comment!
Sometimes I get tired of the same old thing. . .  I designed a new logo just for the blog, possibly just for today, even, as I know branding is so important.  But I had fun learning how to place images within text today, and thought I would show off the probably overly-elaborate header I made in the process.  It certainly FITS well, but that doesn't necessarily mean it fits my image or my blog. . .  Anyone have any thoughts on this?  If no one likes it, I can certainly go back to ye olde logo, which was doing quite well. . . 

Let's just stick with today's pictures!  Thanks so much everyone for all of your commentary, even if it was to say how much you disliked my tacky new header!  LOL!  I appreciate all the comments and shout-outs! 

Willoughby, my friend Gloria's beautiful horse, and a friend at Photo Finish Farm.
I know, I know. . .  You can't have a photo blog post without some new photos. . .  So, in that vein: a couple of weeks ago, a longtime friend of mine, Gloria, invited me to photograph a horse-riding clinic out in Buxton at Photo Finish Farm. 

Not a particularly special photo, but sweet to me--as this is my daughter, Maya, "racing" Rio, the 1.5 year old horse who was barely moving as Maya ran at top speeds to keep up with him!  :-)
What are you doing with that thing, Lady? 

Rio, out of focus, but it captures his crazy energy very well.  He was so excited every time another horse trotted by him!
This is Rio again, looking contemplative, but I'm sure it was actually that he was contemplating his next race around the field.  This horse had boundless energy!  The other horses paid no attention him as they trotted up and down the driveway.
It was really fun to see what Gloria has been doing in regards to learning how to ride horses over the last few years, and to see how the teacher helped the riders to improve their technique and get the most from their horses.

Thanks for looking, Cindy


Nikhil said...

Cindy, I've got to be honest, I don't like the logo. I think it distracts when it should be enhancing. I understand your desire for change, but I don't think this is the way to go. Just my opinion though, take it with a large pinch of salt :)

Love the photos to go with the post. I never do well with animal shots and have just decided that this is not something I am particularly interested in pursuing myself.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I love all of these - stunning! I've never been a "horse girl" - sort of surprising given our animal tendencies, but my sister was a show jumper for many years, so we did have horses. I love how you capture the personalities of all of them - including Maya! The first photo reminds me somehow of the 2 of you - love it.

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Thanks Nik--I agree with you wholeheartedly about the logo--I have changed it and promise not to do anything like that again!

Thanks Christy! Yes, those horses were so cool to photograph, but I have absolutely no idea if I was photographing anything the right way ie: how an equine artist would have done--but it was a blast. . .

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

My good friend Bruce, emailed me regarding the horridly tacky header and said only, "Ummm......"

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

My Creative Director and friend, Bob Witkowski, at Portland Magazine wrote about the header to say this:

"Conceptually its fun, but totally illegible.

You need brighter/softer colors to play off the dark BG and/or monochromatic scheme (yellows, orange, etc.)

Otherwise, just go plain white (or bright color) in the type."

Couldn't agree more, Bob! Thanks!

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Another friend wrote, "Lordy! My thoughts? TACKY with a capital T!
It was classy before...

'maybe once a year, like on April Fool's Day, like Google does their little artsy things...
'glad you're having fun, though!"

LOL! Sometimes we just do plain dumb things, I guess! I love all the responses though, good or bad!

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Even my mother wrote to say, "don't do it! you are too pro for this...."

Thanks Mom--I agree!

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

And finally, a very kind neighbor wrote to say, "I LOVE the Nubble...has such childhoos memories for me!" thereby tactfully avoiding the subject of the dreaded header. I love the Nubble too--it is a very special place and doesn't deserve to have garish picture type splashed over it. . . :-)


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