Photo session at the yard

I had the idea of having a go at taking photos of Tommy looking smart – being all groomed and clean tack. I’ve not really done horse portraits before, only action shots. Must say it is a difficult task to get some horses to look the part. Buddy, for example, was not a natural poser compared to Tommy who just knew how to work the camera (when he wasn’t trying to fill his face with grass!).

The afternoon was then a chance to take pictures of the horses jumping, learnt from last time to try pan instead of waiting with the lens on the jump for the horse to appear into frame. This greatly improved the image focus I feel.

Winter sun doesn’t seem to be the best for the action shots, but gave a nice effect to the portraits. Looking forward to the summer when the ponies will be out of their winter coats and hopefully all glossy for some more portrait shots.

Christmas 2015 with the ponies

Wednesday 23rd, the yard has some Christmas pony games with lots of the riders turning up to take part. Not really tried night photography, definitely not something I want to do often unless it involves stars or the night sky in general. Also was looking after the niece whilst my sister rode, so didn’t have much opportunity to take pictures as I had to amuse the 1yo.

We then spent Christmas morning up at the yard with the ponies. Was all good until the rain started. But always entertaining dressing the ponies up!

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Went to the yard today to take pictures for a couple of riders practicing their jumping. Gave me a chance to practice my photography. Need to try learn to focus on the subject more than waiting for it to appear in the frame. Some pictures are blurry, but posting all for the 2 in the photos to see.

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National Driving Championships – Addington Equestrian Centre

I’ve always been fascinated by driving, the horse version, mainly the scurry events. So was a delight to go to the National Driving Championships in Addington. Got to see a good mixture of hackney classes, private driving classes, light trade classes and the one scurry. Also got to see donkeys! Who knew you could train a donkey to pull a little carriage like a pony to compete in classes.

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Another opportunity to play with the camera, however this time I experienced a bit of an issue with images have a purple hue around them and my Canon EF 75-300mm f4/5.6 was failing to focus properly. One day I’ll learn how to use the silly thing correctly. But practice makes perfect right?!

In regards to the show, I am now more determined to buy possibly a pair of Shetland ponies and try my hand at the scurry. As I can also show them in other classes. And will be something for my niece to ride when she’s a little bit older (she’s only just turned 1).

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Also decided that if I was to compete something bigger it has to be a Friesian (horse, not the cow!) as the ones we saw seemed to win all the classes they entered. But all that will have to wait next year, as I’m planning to be in Canada early next year. No doubt I’ll provide updates closer to the time.

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