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Equestrian Photography Workflow 2: importing & editing in Lightroom

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In the first blog in this workflow series I described how I use Photo Mechanic to ingest images from my camera cards, adding appropriate metadata at the same time to ensure that when the images go online they will be easily found by search engines. So now the images are safely imported onto my hard disk and it is time …

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Oasby Horse Trials

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I traditionally start my eventing season at Oasby Horse Trials, near Ancaster in Lincolnshire, where the four-day competition runs sections from BE90 level up to Intermediate. The intermediate competition includes open sections which have become a recognised warm up for horses planning to compete at Badminton in May, followed usually by a three (now four) star at Burnham Market or …

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Photographing the Melton Hunt Club Ride 2019

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The Melton Hunt Club Ride is an unusual event. There is a prescribed starting gate and a matching set of flags at the finish. In between there are markers, some of which must be left to the left, some to the right. Besides these restrictions it is up to the riders to choose their route to finish as quickly as …

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Melton Hunt Club Ride, 17th Feb 2019 – virtual course walk

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UPDATE – The ride has been POSTPONED due to the ground conditions and we will try again on Sunday 17th February. UPDATE – The gate onto Pasture Lane (next to fence 19) will be open. This year The Melton Hunt Club Ride is sponsored by Chestnut Horse Feeds and RoR to whom the organisers are very grateful. Download the course …

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Commercial Photography: Hippo Hot Water Horse Showers

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Hippo is a family company based in Lincolnshire which manufactures hot water horse showers for equestrian establishments of all sizes. Each one is lovingly hand-built by a fully qualified gas engineer using top quality components – no cheap ebay boilers here. They have no pilot light so they do not experience the same wind problems suffered by cheaper makes. Hippo …

Samantha Finnemore Veterinary Physiotherapy

Commercial Photography – Hazelcroft Veterinary Physiotherapy

nico Commercial Photography, Dressage Photography, Equestrian Photography, Lifestyle Photography 2 Comments

I was recently approached by Samantha Finnemore, a Rutland-based veterinary physiotherapist, looking to revamp her web site and add new content. She was keen to commission me to produce both video and still photography of her at work, with horses and dogs. Sammy was keen to use a realistic working environment for the shoot, and we were very grateful to …

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Game shoot photography: Barnwell, Northamptonshire

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The beautiful village of Barnwell, near Oundle in Northamptonshire, is host to a small, friendly syndicate shoot which I visited in early December 2018. One of the syndicate members is also one of my commercial clients and wanted some images of some of his products in use. The brief was to create some lifestyle images of shooting clothing and accessories …

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How to secure your WordPress website (and improve your SEO in the process)

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What is HTTPS? HTTPS is a URL (web address) system similar to the standard HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) scheme. However, HTTPS signals the browser to use an added encryption layer of SSL to protect the traffic. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This …

Game shooting photography for the GWCT at Belvoir Castle

Game Shoot photography: Ropsley, Woodnook, Belvoir Castle

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As many readers will be aware, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust periodically run raffle draws, the prize being unique or very unusual shooting days for a full set of guns. I was recently approached by the Trust and asked to document such a day, a partridge shoot for eight guest guns across three well-known and respected Leicestershire and Lincolnshire …

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Camera settings for horse photography

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Nico is one of the UK’s top equestrian photographers. He has worked with top riders from show jumping, eventing and showing as well as working on the official photography teams at events such as Royal Windsor Horse Show, Dublin Horse Show, The Horse of the Year Show and many others. What are the best settings for taking photos of horses? …

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Event photography at Upton House Horse Trials

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During the Summer months I do a lot of freelance event photography for some of the best known names in the business. As Summer Season follows Summer Season it can become quite predictable that you will be doing this event, then that event, at a particular time of year. It’s nice, therefore, to take on an event which is new …

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Charity Golf Day photography – Smithers Purslow

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In 2017 Oakham, Rutland based engineers and surveyors Smithers Purslow asked me if I would help them out by photographing their charity golf day, to be held at The Leicestershire Golf Club. I had previously done some photographic work for them which was more corporate: documenting surveying and engineering projects they had been involved with at venues like Rockingham Castle …

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Cross Country Course 2018

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In his second year as course designer Eric Winter has taken the traditional line and reversed the direction of the Badminton Course. Starting as ever in the main arena over the familiar flower bed, the ASX Starter (1) riders head left to a choice of inviting Rolex Feeder roll top spreads (2), one of very few portable fences on this …

Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles for British Eventing, British Dressage and British Showjumping

British equestrian Discovery Sport vehicles for Land Rover

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Last week I completed a Jaguar Land Rover commission to photograph three new Discovery Sport vehicles. British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping have a new partnership with iconic British automotive brand, Land Rover. This alignment sees them become the Official Vehicle Supplier to the three governing bodies of the Olympic equestrian sports. Land Rover has been at the heart …

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Melton Hunt Club Ride, Nov 2017 – course walk photos

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The Melton Hunt Club Ride sponsored by 8 Outdoor, will be held in Cottesmore country at Abbey Farm, Launde Road, Oakham LE7 9XN on Sunday 19th November 2017, starting at 12 noon. All the fence and marker numbers refer to the course plan which can be downloaded from here: Melton Hunt Club Ride, November 2017. The start is in the …