The problem with watermarks – a plea to photographers

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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think watermarks are a bad thing per se, I just think we, as photographers, are not using them effectively. Why do we use watermarks? This is the crux of the issue. Photographers use watermarks for different purposes. Some use them to mark their “proof” or website images in such a way that if they …

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Tamarillo’s clone Tomatillo at the Arab National Championships

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Prolific eventer Tamarillo, winner of both Badminton (2004) and Burghley Horse Trials (2008), died last year, but his clone, Tomatillo, is already following a similar path. Bred by the Guinness family at Biddesden Stud in Wiltshire, Tamarillo was a part-bred Arabian and competed at the Arab National Championships at Malvern as a three-year-old, winning both his class and the Part-Bred …

Meynell Hunt launches Bicentennial painting by Daniel Crane

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A new work by celebrated sporting artist Daniel Crane was unveiled at a special reception last night to commemorate the bicentennial of the The Meynell Hunt. The invited guests were benefactors who had contributed to the commissioning of the painting, which was presented by the artist at a ceremony on the Dunstall Estate, near Burton-on-Trent. The twenty donors will each …

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Tried & Tested – Noble Outfitters

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Noble Outfitters Noble Outfitters is based in Oakham, Rutland and describe their products as “technical, affordable gear for the equestrian market”. Earlier this year they very kindly gave me a selection of their existing products for me to try, knowing I worked outdoors on a daily basis. They were keen to find out what I thought of them. Since then I have been wearing …

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NEW COURSE DESIGNER FOR BADMINTON

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Eric Winter has been appointed to take over from Giuseppe Della Chiesa as course designer for theMitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. After three years in which he successfully brought a fresh eye to Badminton Park Giuseppe did not feel able to accept the invitation to continue for a further period. Eric, 53, who lives with his wife and family near Chepstow, only …

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Event Rider Masters – How does it work?

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The Event Rider Master Series, or ERM for short, kicks off at Chatsworth on 14th-15th May, but what is it and how does it work? As previously posted, it is a six-event CIC*** series, each event being worth £50,000 in prize money, with an extra £50,000 to the winning rider at the end of the series: Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International …

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Preview

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SAME DIRECTION, VERY DIFFERENT COURSE In his third year as course designer at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Giuseppe Della Chiesa has bucked tradition and sends riders the same way out of the Main Arena as last year. First over the ASX Starter then left to the angled hedges may be familiar, but the HorseQuest Quarry now has a …

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Event Rider Masters Launch

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2016 sees the launch of the Event Rider Masters, an exciting new CIC*** series with unprecedented prize money and a goal of showcasing the sport of Eventing to a new global audience. Event Rider Masters Series The series legs are: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire – 14–15 May Bramham Park, Yorkshire – 10-11 June Barbury Castle, Wiltshire – 9-10 July Festival of …

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Midlands Area Point-To-Point Association

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As many readers will know I have been the official photographer at Garthorpe for the point-to-point meetings there for some years, and through the contacts I made there I have been helping out with making sure that press releases had images to accompany them. I had also been instrumental in setting Garthorpe up with a fully-functional website, through which we could …

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Ben Maher MBE for Land Rover

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I had the pleasure of visiting Ben Maher at his yard in Elsenham, Essex in November, along with a film crew and several representatives of Land Rover UK. Ben has won a host of different title around the World won the team jumping gold at the London Olympics with Team GB, their first team jumping gold medal for 60 years. In …

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Horse of the Year Show 2015

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The Horse Of the Year Show, or HOYS for short, is hosted by Grandstand Media at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in October. It is a festival of show jumping, showing, dressage, Pony Club mounted games, and this year vaulting too. 17-hour working days make the event photography I do for ES Photography, the official photographers, some of the …

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5 Images of horses which you shouldn’t be capturing

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Very soon after I started photographing horses it became clear that there were flattering moments to capture the movement of a horse, and just as many, if not more, unflattering ones. This was then drummed home when I started working for event photographers, selling to competitors on-site. Images of horses which I created had to be taken straight from the camera and displayed on …

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Shelford Manor Horse Trials

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This week I was back photographing eventing for my great friends at E.S.Photography. Two days of eventing, up to Novice level, were enjoyed. The bad weather held off. The “rock stars” were there in numbers: Richard Jones, Lauren Shannon, Caroline Powell, Ben Way, James Somerville, Nicola Wilson, Piggy French, Simon Grieve and many many more. Photos of the show can …

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British National Showjumping Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show

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Last week I had the pleasure of working for 1st Class Images, the official photographers at the inaugural British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show. 8 rings were operating on most days of the show, making it one of the most labour-intensive jobs I have ever worked on. Full marks to Henry  for pulling together the quality team he …

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Dublin Horse Show Photography

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One of the most rewarding of my summer photography jobs is the week I spend in Dublin for E.S. Photography, who are the official event photographers for the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Describing RDS, as it is universally known in Ireland, is a challenge. It’s been likened to a cross between Royal Ascot and The Royal International Horse Show. …