Pauntley Cross Country

On Sunday I went down to Pauntley in Gloucestershire for the second time this year. The rain held off and we even had some nice light right at the end of the day. The turn out was pretty good and I am sure all had a good time on this undulating course, at least for the later classes. The variety of tiny fences for the first timers is very good here too, so there is something for most abilities.

The pictures are now available as always in the Shop area of the website. Thanks to the Clapham family who run this course, always with a warm welcome.

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Ledbury Hunt Hunter TrialsIt was a busy weekend, working for my friend and fellow photographer Pete Thorpe all day Saturday at Gracelands EC, then up at the crack of dawn to get to Gadbury Eldersfield in Gloucestershire for the Ledbury Hunt’s Hunter Trials. We arrived to find there had been quite a frost over night with all shaded area still white over. It was a lovely day though with nice sunshine all day and a lovely course for the many riders who came along. There were no breaks in the day and all 7 classes ran smoothly and efficiently. I had the new tent in action for the first time and it was such a pleasure to be working in it, so much more room than the old one and being black, it meant all the viewing screens were easy to see. The new wireless system also performed flawlessly and even excited one or two thought they could access the net on their phones from it. Sorry, we do not provide that service, but who knows one day. Doing all the photography on the day for me were Pete and my daughter, Jo Martin, both producing first class images. Thanks must also go to the score sheet collector, Bob?, for bringing memory cards back to me all day too.

I was also asked to cover the Wheatland Hunter Trials at Pound Green on the same day, but as I was already booked, Abi Humphries kindly went along for me.

Images form both events are now online in the Shop.

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Phoebe and the Farrier

"Phoebe and the Farrier"

Some time ago now, months, maybe a year or more, I was having another look at a great book I have and one image in there struck me as being a great idea for a photograph. The book, by David Hockney, is called “Secret Knowledge”. It is a big glossy hardback in which David discusses how mirrors and lenses have been used through the ages by artists to ‘capture’ images for their painting. It is a fascinating read. The image in question was painted in 1645 by the French artist George de la Tour, a follower of the great Caravaggio and is titled St Joseph the Carpenter“.

Now that one painting had grabbed me, I started looking at other artworks in the same manner, for inspiration in my own work. Wouldn’t it be great if somebody wanted a portrait doing in the style and, to a certain extent, the setting of a bygone age. I happened to discuss this with a good a friend of mine and he said he would love such a picture of his daughter and she would be thrilled. So we made plans, but due to other commitments and twists of fate, it has taken quite a long time for all of us to be available at the same time. We managed to get together on Saturday afternoon and shoot the image. Phoebe, my friend’s daughter, is very keen on her horse riding and hopes to have one of her own one day, so I decided to swap the carpenter for a farrier.

Many thanks to Berriewood Farm for allowing use of their building and horses. Also to John Preece of Uppington Smithy for modelling as the farrier, and to Phoebe’s mum for bringing her along.

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The Ledbury Hunt held a fun ride yesterday at Ham Court, Upton on Severn. The weather stayed fair, no rain and reasonable light for photography. A gallery of photos for this event are now in the Shop. If you have not visited before, you will need to register to view the images.

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This is the fourth year I have covered Pudleston Show, it is an annual favourite. I have seen some children come on in leaps and bounds over the last four years, some will no doubt ‘out-grow’ it, but there are always lots of new faces coming along for their first ever outing, some as young as three years old seem like old hands. The weather this year was not great with every body getting soaked in the morning. Anyway, the photographs are now online in the Shop area of the website. And to remind you all, you need to be a registered user to have access to that part of the website, just follow the instructions.

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