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Horses swapped for horsepower...

19th March 2015
Last week instead of heading to Tweseldown like the who's who of eventing I headed to Silverstone, the home of British motor racing to take some photos for my sister in law. For her 21st birthday last summer we all clubbed in for her to have a Ferrari driving experience – What a lucky thing eh?

Well never one to miss out on the chance of a day out of we went to Silverstone with me driving and doing my best Lewis Hamilton impression on the way there (within the speed limits of course), explaining how to take the corners etc…

As you'd expect I was designated photographer. Unfortunately I couldn't get away with charging as it was ‘family’! Damn, broken one of the rules of photography there… Don't give away your time and images for nothing!!

Photographing cars is a bit different to horses. With horses you want to freeze them mid movement whether it be in extended trot or over a jump. The horse and rider need to be in the correct position and the image needs to be sharp with no blur.

With cars you almost want the opposite, you want to be able to capture the movement to show how fast the car is going. This is where the technique of panning comes in. With a slow shutter speed you follow the car, panning across whilst taking photos. If you have the correct shutter speed you should have a nice motion blur on the car wheels and background.

With cars and horses you can of course do some portrait type photos and obviously for this the car is easier as when it's parked it doesn't move, unlike a horse! Even the calmest horse will twitch, blink or move an ear just when you want to take a photo!

In other news this week I was interviewed by equestrian website The Gaitpost, talking about my competition photo shoots and some background information about me and my life.

This weekend I'm out combined training with Trad at LMEQ, after which we are going to pop around some of the XC course. It would be rude not too!!

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