High Cross Riding Lessons – 10th December

On Saturday the 10th December we photographed our final equestrian event at High Cross  for 2011: the riding lessons. It was a predictably cold day, but no one seemed to mind too much! It was great to see so many people getting into the sport and really enjoying themselves.

The problem with being an equestrian photographer, particularly at this time of the year, is the lack of light when working indoors. For the first time ever when photographing horses, we set up our studio lights (we usually use them to photograph indoor events such as school proms and charity balls!) I was worried that the horses might not be keen on the soft boxes, so I set the lights up in the canteen and pointed them through the window into the school. I didn’t have chanced to set them up entirely correctly, nor did I have much chance to work out the correct exposure – it was largely guesswork!! I was glad that we had the lights in the van – the pictures looked fine.

I was apprehensive that the flash firing might spook the horses, but they didn’t bat an eyelid. Whether they didn’t notice, or they just didn’t care, is hard to tell. The only problem with using the flash this way was that, due to the distance between the flash and the fence, the recycle time was a bit slow. It was also a struggle for the autofocus in such low-light, but I was still pleased with the results. More importantly, so were the riders!

We have created a video slideshow of some of the pictures which can be found on YouTube. We’ve also uploaded a selection of the photos onto Facebook: feel free to tag yourself.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at High Cross Equestrian Centre this year, especially Viv, Alan, Jenny and Georgia. We would also like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a peaceful 2012. We look forward to seeing you in January!

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