I find wildlife more fun, too, particularly because it is so challenging, which makes it that much more rewarding when you get the shot you want.
Problem is: If people don't realize how complicated this is, it can also be kind of frustrating because they're used to studio-type shots. That's why I seldom shoot insects nowadays, killing/capturing them simply produces better shots than crawling through the woods. I rather go for animals or environments that are visibly "outdoors" and non-staged.
My plans now that I have the 1D X with its Ethernet interface are to take UWA shots of the more dangerous and skittish wildlife from a distance.
Um, with what - robotic gear to move and aim the camera? My 6d has wifi control, but lv focus is slow (get a 70d for that), and you really really have to setup the scene like "squirrel grabs food" which I didn't come around to yet. I'm looking forward to see some results with this :-)
What type of horses are those? I know you've posted them before and I have meant to ask you. I think they're beautiful and interesting subjects and I'm surprised they are so tame.
Well, tame to me, I know them for 2 years and it wasn't always the case - I'm now rather fluent at speaking horse and know when to step aside. Imho still much safer than driving a car, or a bicycle surrounded by cars for that matter.
They are horses of the "Konik" type, it's a project to back-breed the extinct European "Tarpan" wild horses which as usual where hunted down until none was left. For me "wild horse" doesn't mean "bad temper all the time" but "do what they want to do and nothing else" which can include being curious and playful. They're always happy to have another friendly set of eyes and ears around to watch out for predators :-)
They are often used in landscape projects in Europe (PL, D, NL) and are basically not cared for at all, they are outside all the time w/o any man-built shelter and have to look for food themselves. This means they've got an actual archaic herd structure and act like most horses would act if people wouldn't keep trying to ride them.
You really gain respect for them when they are resistant to about every weather or disease/injury and survive in the hard winter living by digging up roots when you as a human wouldn't last for a day. In comparison to their senses, I feel blind, deaf and slow as a slug: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konik
For the shots with no reference lines that you can't seem to get right, I'd try the following techniques [...] See which one looks best from a slight distance and that's the one to fine tune or use as is.
This certainly good advice, and I'll try to remind me of this - just like dof, "angle" seems to be very dependent on print/export size, what looks ok at small size or very near looks odd when being at a distance.
For these, *everything* has to be spot-on, not just the technical aspect but also the emotion or expression of the scene. But it's really rewarding to get this done as you don't find these shots anywhere. They even come with real non-digital rainbows :-)