Posted on November 11, 2015 by under
Winter Equestrian Photo Shoots
Well its certainly become noticeably colder, wilder, and wetter, winter is on its way. But that isn’t a reason not to be taking photographs of your horse. Wrap up warm and enjoy the season.
At this time of the year we get some beautiful light which suits equestrian photography in wonderfully subtle ways. The late afternoon sun has a warm glow, its the ideal time of day to capture the calmness of the day against a glorious backdrop of orange sky and silver lined clouds. As said in my previous blog, a horse will remain a horse, nicely scrubbed up for his or her photograph this is where we don’t just take photographs, we make art.
How about the morning light, we don’t have to be up before the first Sparrows chirp to start taking photographs. Morning mist with the sun waking up to a new day and poking its rays of light between the clouds is another great time to capture something very special.
So what are you waiting for, lets get the camera packed and start creating the images you will treasure forever 🙂
Posted on October 14, 2015 by under
From a recent photo shoot using natural light and a black background
I’m sure many of you will have realised from my web page and my FaceBook Page that there has been a leaning towards photographing horses. To be honest it was never something that I had in mind when starting a photography business. Like so many things, it just happened, and has been evolving ever since.
The things I have to look for in photographing a horse are mostly to do with the background and the lighting. The horse will remain a horse. If we can manage to persuade him or her to stand tall, ears forward, and looking attentive, then that is all the horse needs to do. I prefer the background to be dark or black, sometimes this can happen in a natural environment usually in a barn doorway where there is enough space to walk the horse around. If the background is messy then a black sheet can easily be hung from a couple of stands. Lighting on the horse should be even. A bright but overcast day is perfect, I don’t use flash, as this can spook the horse. There are other things to take into consideration too. Colour temperature should be checked against a grey card for natural light without colour cast.
Editing the images in Photoshop is where the skills are tested to their limits. I am frequently asked to remove hay or grass from the horses mouth. Ive had to remove hose pipes, other horses, horse poo, children, dogs, snow, stay hairs, the list is endless.
Finally the print production is where all the hard work and effort really becomes visible. No longer are we looking at an image on a screen. Now we are committing the image to paper. I only use museum quality paper for my prints. The quality is outstanding and the inks take to the surface to leave a velvet smooth image. The people who do my printing are highly professional and have rigorous quality checks before and after the printing process.
All this to get a perfect photograph.
Posted on October 7, 2015 by under
Wainman’s Pinnacle at Cowling just as the sun went down
When i got an inquiry to photograph a local beauty spot for a Restaurant I had no idea of the technical issues i would have to get over to deliver and exceed the customers expectations.
The brief was pretty simple. Take a photograph of Wainmans Pinnacle and arrange to have it enlarged to 72inch x 48inch. That’s a big picture !!!
After a couple of visits to the location to ensure a good sky a picture was chosen. A little work in photoshop to adjust contrast and sharpening its ready to save to 700mb and output to canvas. A couple of test pieces to ensure that the pixels don’t look to be the size of house bricks and the grain doesn’t look like its been taken in a sandstorm. The good news is that it looks simply superb. Despite the image being on canvas it is being double framed. The first frame being in cream to give the effect of having a border, then a further frame around that in black to finish the job off. Delivering was equally as complex. I had just bought an MPV. With the seats removed the picture fit in with just 1inch to spare on both the length and width.