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Quiet winter for the camera...

08th March 2015
Similar to event horses during the winter my camera doesn't get used much. My last event was in October and since then it's hardly been used. I pick it up for the odd family event or whatever but to be honest I quite like taking a break from it. I could go hunting or whatever but I'm not that fussed about getting cold and wet.

Beautiful winter sunset at Upper Barn, home to Harriet Upton

This year I've actually invested in a new camera, a Canon 7D MKII (for any camera buffs out there), basically an updated version of my previous camera. This camera has been a long time coming and thus far I've been impressed with the updates and it is definitely a step up from the MK1. Usually I would sell the old camera, however this time I've decided to hold onto it and use two cameras, meaning I don't have to switch lens so often. More to carry though!

A lot of people ask how to take photos of horses in movement and I was interested and impressed to see the Horse & Hound recently published an article on their website titled “Photographing dressage horses: what to look for”.

Dressage is the trickiest discipline to get right (riding or shooting) in my experience and there are a lot of equestrian photographers that could learn a few things from this article. I don't claim to be the best photographer in the eventing world (because I know I'm not) but I do think I know what I should be capturing and I think it helps that I'm a rider and look at my images from a riders point of view. You can read the article for yourself and see some excellent example images. It will be interesting to see if they write more articles in the future on other aspects of equestrian photography.

I have used my camera recently to take pictures of my German Shorthaired Pointer puppy Otto (see previous blog for info on Otto’s arrival), he is very handsome and doesn't mind posing too much and it's great to get regular photos to demonstrate how he's growing.

Otto, a bit of a poser

I very much hope to be photographing a lot of eventing this year but I do have to balance my time with working, riding, husband duties & of course looking after Otto. My photography priorities will be focused on Competition Photo Shoots, for which I am available to be commissioned, event coverage for The Eventing Stig and support of riders Clare Stringer and Harriet Upton. I will also be supplying images to corporate clients as and when requested.

As ever it will be a busy season so it is always best to get in touch as soon possible if you think you would like to commission me for a competition photo shoot.

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