I attended the first day of Moreton Morrell’s Horse Trials (May 2015) to practice taking some action shots. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a horse trails so I was a little cautious about who and what I took photos of, not wanting to overstep some etiquette code. However, I soon remembered how chilled out these types of events are and, in this world of red tape, how close you can get to the action. There’s nothing to stop you from walking on the cross-country course. If a rider’s approaching, someone somewhere (usually a fence steward in a car) will blow a whistle and then you dash off to the side to avoid being trampled on. It’s great fun and means you can get quite close to the jumps for taking photos.

It was a bit of a grey day but I didn’t use my flash as I didn’t want to spook any of the horses so I lightened some of these photos in post-production.



Seeking Approval

I’ve finally entered my first photography competition. I don’t expect any thing to come of it but I do want to involve myself more heavily in photography and the world of photographic art so it makes sense to share my photos for the approval of others.

The competition is run by The Photographic Angle, a group which supports professionals and amateurs with free exhibitions of their work throughout the UK. Bit of a big one to enter for my first competition but hey ho! As soon as I saw the word ‘monochrome’ I got excited and knew instantly of some shots to send. They want a minimum of 10 images but you only have to submit three in the first instance. I chose one landscape, one action and one close-up to send in to show a bit of variety.

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People tell me I have ‘an eye’ for photography, that I take ‘great’ photos but none of these people are objective – they are all friends and family members – so I have no idea if it’s true. I guess this will help answer that!

If you want to enter, visit The Photographic Angle here.


Ha! Despite my determination to make better use of my Nikon when I wrote my last post in January, I’ve not really used it that much!

I took it to my sister’s house in March and captured some photos of my sweet, youngest niece, and then I used it last month to take photos at my dad’s birthday but I haven’t done as much ‘proper’ photography as I intended.

I did take it to Wales when we visited for my partner’s birthday but the majority of photos I took were the ‘memory shots’ rather than the ‘money shots’!

I’ll upload a few photos I’ve taken since January which are favourites of mine. Check out my other blog entries…