This photograph was taken at Taunton Vale Pony Club in June 2011 where I was asked to cover the 50 children and their pony camp experience. Rather than doing just jump shots I decided to also do Equine Portraits like this one which proved to be very popular. It was very wet but the organiser luckily had a beautifully lit barn where this shot was taken. The parents were so pleased with this image they ordered a 30x20 inch canvas.
June 2011Canon Eos 40D ISO 400, 1/800th at f 4.0 Focal length 32mmLens 24-105 f/4.0
In Lightroom I increased saturation and vibrance
Tilly is a photographer’s gift because she loves having her photo taken. I thought it was sweet the way she’s peering through the mane of her much loved pony.1/320th sec at f/5.6 Focal length 67 mm.Canon Eos 40D Lens 24-105 f4L ISO 400 In post production I increased the Clarity a little and bumped up saturation and vibrance. I also took the exposure down from the white ponies’ mane.
11. HALE BALES - WILLIAM
William comes from two generations of established artists and is already on his way to following in his Mother’s, Father’s and Grandfather’s footsteps. He can be absorbed in his drawings for hours and I think something of this stillness is revealed in the way he holds himself here.1/160th second at f5.6Focal Length 55mmISO 400Canon Eos 40DEF 24-105 f/4.0LIn post production I darkened the edges of bales.
12. HALE BALES - WILLIAM
I love the shapes that the bales make as a backdrop for William who looks very comfortable nestled between two of them with his hands on his hips. The proportions of the bales to William emphasise his young age and big world.
1/160th second at f5.0Focal length 45mmISO 400Canon Eos 40DLens EF24-105mm f4.0L
Grey is the 4th child in a family of five. I have photographed the family yearly now both for family portraits and modeling shots. This portrait was taken at their home on Exmoor on the steps of a ruined out-building. I like the simplicity of the shot – the timeless, traditional shirt and the old steps just setting off his eyes.July, 2010ISO 320 Canon Eos 40D Lens 24-105 f/4.0Focal Length 73mm 1/250 sec at F/4.0In Lightroom I increased clarity, saturation, vibrance, and contrast.
Daisy lives on a sheep farm in Somerset and helps her Mum round up their flock on horseback. She’s a totally unique little girl, completely fearless and original. This shot was taken in their farmyard and I just moved her around so that her cowboy hat could act as sun shield. I shot this with my favourite 50mm lens which was the only lens I had for about a year!February, 2010Exp 1/1000th sec at f/1.8Focal length 50mmISO 400Lens Ef 50mm f/1.8In Lightroom added a vignette around edge with gradient tool. In photoshop I removed some chapped skin from around her mouth and nose.
Nell’s family and I went for a walk to a location called Willett Tower, a local ruin in Somerset. Nell is a pensive little girl who is happy to play by herself for hours, absorbed in what is around her. This ancient doorway seemed like a natural spot for her to sit and think.21 April, 20111/100th Sec at f/4.0Focal Length 50mmISO 400Canon 40DEF 24-105mm f4.lPost production –Used gradient tool to darken edges to draw focus in to Nell’s face.
Tilly’s parents have a beautiful old house in Somerset with a range of outbuildings. As they’d just come back from Cornwall, Tilly was brown and I thought this background suited her skin tone perfectly. The pattern of the wall is also sympathetic to the pattern on her dress.July, 2011I/50th Sec @ f4.0Focal Length 35mmISO 400CANON 40DEF 24-105mmIn Lightroom I increased contrast, vibrance, clarity a fraction.
Jess was walking through the elephant grass just before the sun went down. 21 March, 20111/400th sec at F4.0Focal Length 50mmISO 400Canon 40DEF-105mm, f/4.0In Lightroom I added a bit of fill light and gradient tool to darken edges and draw your eye even more to her face.
7. EMILY, TILLY, ARABELLA
Three sisters all in a row. Little Arabella was a reluctant model on this day but eventually, when she saw what fun her sisters were having, she joined in with gusto. I like the way that the little ones are looking up to their big sister.
July, 2011Shot at 1/100th second at f4.0Focal Length 24mmISO 400Canon 40DEF 24-105mm f/4Slight crop to foreground and removed a ring to tie up horses from back wall in photoshop.
Tom was helping his parents in the lambing shed on a bright spring day with this amazing light streaming in. He was trying to encourage some of the lambs who had rejected their mothers’ milk to suckle.Shot on 10 February, 2010.1/60th second @ f/2.850mm focal length, ISO 400Canon 40 D with 50mm lens.I decreased exposure a little in light room and adjusted the horizontals in the crop. I also bumped up clarity, vibrance and saturation.
I took this photograph of Lily at her own birthday party which had a cowgirl theme. In a brief lull I took this shot of Lilly in the doorway of the dog house, an old building with lovely ambient light. Oct, 20101/80th Sec @ f/6.3Focal Length 24mmISO 800Canon 40DEF 24-105mm f/4LIn lightroom I darkened the doorway and background to hide a dog bowl!