For some time I have admired the country scene of a hunt rushing past me in full swing, but I had only ever been able to stumble across a local hunt and take an opportune picture as I was on my way somewhere else.
I've always found it interesting to see how the hounds work, following a scent, while the hunt try to follow and keep up, while navigating around typical countryside obstacles.
Hunting has been part of our countryside tradition for many years, and has been depicted in paintings by many artists.
However recently I was allowed to follow a local Hunt and take photographs, one i had always wanted to take was of a pack of hounds just milling around, so when i got the opportunity, this was the first I took.
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These particular hounds are (for the those that don't know) are Blood Hounds, these are great hunters, and for this particular hunt, they hunt the scent of a couple of runners.
It was great to see the relationship between the Hounds, the horses, the people and their families all involved in the Hunt, from young children, to the more "experienced" Horse person.
I look forward to Attending more of these events and taking some great pictures in the future.
Being so busy recently I had not had any time to wonder around some of the local nature reserves to just look around and see how the seasons affect the local environment.
However, yesterday, Despite the Appalling weather and the high winds, i though i would take a stroll over the ridgeway.
There is always a good spot to be had up there, so i took a couple of nice sunset photos, before the clouds became to overcast.
Below is the before and after processing, or a little bit of photo shop fun!
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Yesterday I spent most of the day covering a combined training event at Grove Farm Equestrian.
Although the weather was not as good as I would have liked!, it did manage to stay dry for most of the day, with just some light showers towards the end of the day.
Grove Farm Equestrian is set in a lovely setting and is ideal for taking some dressage photos during the combined training event, in addition I also managed to get some of the show jumping covered.
For me this just adds to the enjoyment of photographing equestrian events, having the option to capture the grace and movement of the dressage test while also being able to capture the speed, agility and strength in the the show jumping.
All the photos from the event can be viewed on my website at http://photos.ketuia.co.uk or the event url direct at http://photos.ketuia.co.uk/event/Grove-Farm-Combined-Training
Recently on the way out of Goosey, I notice a small group of travellers that had settled on the side of a road, the sight of this intrigued me and I stopped and asked them if I could take a few pictures of their horses and of course their caravans.
This group were particularly nice and allowed me to take some photos while also talking to me and generally passing the time of day.
It was interesting to get a view on how things are for people that choose a different lifestyle to the norm and the rest of us, but they had their reasons and it was interesting to hear them.
I might talk about this in a bit more detail in a later post, but for this one, I wanted to just show the reason the caused me to stop, it was the colourful sight of the campsite and the traditional caravan (washing line an all).
I will publish the rest of the photos I took on this blog and on my website at http://photos.ketuia.co.uk over the coming days.
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I normally publish a selection of photos from events I attend onto my Facebook page this is normally a background process that works from my website hosting directly to Facebook, but for some reason, although i keep getting emails telling me this has been successful, it seems that the photos aren't showing up on Facebook?
In the meantime, I thought I would publish a selection on my blog as a slideshow (see below).
To see all the photos from the event please visit http://photos.ketuia.co.uk
I spent a great day today taking photographs for an event held at Lyford Stud.
The event consisted of clear rounds and 2 classes, and the event was attended by competitors travelling from far afield as well as some locals that just hacked down the road and competed in the clear rounds.
Lyford Stud seem to have got things just right, with a nice relaxed atmosphere and nothing being too much trouble, even complimentary tea and coffee, which for someone like me stood out in the school taking photos, is a real blessing.
Below is a sample photo taken, showing the atmosphere and the fun that the competitors were having and the ideal surroundings.
All photos from the event can new viewed and purchased from my website at http://photos.ketuia.co.uk.
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Yesterday I spent some time at Grove Farm Equestrian on a photo shoot for their new website.
I recently attended an event at Grove Farm and was impressed with the whole set-up and great relaxed atmosphere, they also have some very impressive facilities and services set in a lovely picturesque setting.
They are having their website revamped by Acorn Web Design and I was asked to go down and take some photos for the new website.
The day was great working with the proprietor of Grove Farm Equestrian, Belinda Shaw and also Lorraine Hill from Acorn Web Design, The staff were all very helpful getting things prepared for photo sessions and constantly tacking up horses, riding around and generally doing whatever we asked to get the right pictures.
The Grove Farm Equestrian website can be viewed at http://www.grovefarmequestrian.co.uk/ and the new version should be available very soon, I have had a sneak peak and the new site looks very impressive so watch that space.
In the meantime see below one of the pictures taken on the shoot, this was taken in the school showing the reflective surfaces allowing the rider to see both the position of the horse and the rider while schooling, I was trying to show the main focus on the front of the rider without appearing in the shot myself!.
All other photos I take can be viewed on my website at http://photos.ketuia.co.uk I am also available for all types of commission work, feel free to contact me via my website or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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