Competition day

So last sunday, it was competition day for one of my friends and someone I know, and seeing that I was already there as groom, I took the opportunity to make some more pictures.

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These are the mandatory dressage pictures, but by far (far away), these types of pictures are not my favorite. I aim for the pictures that embody that feeling of competition day; the excitement, the tension, the love for the sport, the bond rider and horse share, the proud feeling and even the relief at the end of the ride. So I am much prouder to present the next series of pictures.

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Feel free to comment!

Ashamed…

 

I am ashamed. Very.Much.Ashamed. It’s been 7 months since my last post. It’s no excuse, but I have been so busy. But I must say, the pictures that I did take in these last month, have almost all been horse-related. And I wonder if you really care about those pictures? Let me know if you want to see them!
But in other news, I made a video that I’m actually quite proud of (and if you know me, you know that I’m actually saying: I made a video that I’m RIDICULOUSLY proud of). I hope you guys like it too! I shared it with The Horseaholic (another blogger), she posted it on her blog and on facebook, and it got shared 180 times and viewed more than 1.000 times in one day. So if you don’t like it, my peeps, I am officially taking all my horsie-videos-and-pictures to facebook and deleting this blog ;-). LIKE IT DAMN IT! ;-)
Here it is:

Btw, I realize now, while writing, that I’ve really missed this. Getting my story out there, and waiting a little anxiously for your reactions. It’s like a little thrill when you like what I have to say.

Guitar man

Wow, it’s already been a week since my last post. But not to worry, because this post is one of my favorite so far. I’m almost at the end of my Photography course, so exams are coming up. One of our photo assignments was to portray a song or genre of music, and I think these pictures speak for themselves :-).

Playing guitar

Playing guitar

Playing guitar

Playing guitar

Huh?

Last week I did a few horse & rider shoots, in general to help friends who are selling there horse and needed some pictures . For this one I wanted the horse to point her ears forward, because I think it’s prettier. So I asked an innocent bystander to stand next to me and make some noise to catch the horses’ (is this the right way to write this?) attention. And we ended up with this…

Equine photography

Not the dressage-picture I was aiming for! It was my intention to capture only the horse, but now I feel sorry that I didn’t get the rider on as well.

But in the end, all was okay and I got the shot I wanted.

Equine photography

Duinbergen

Lately I’ve been super busy (which I don’t like), but seeing that I was in Duinbergen yesterday and today, I took a 5 minute break of all the business to walk to the beach (which I do like), and take some pictures (which I like even more obviously)

Duinbergen

Duinbergen

Duinbergen

I really love the architecture in Duinbergen, there are so many great and romantic houses. It used to be a small town where rich families built there holiday homes, but seeing that everyone wanted an apartment with an ocean view, it got bombed with awful apartment buildings in the 70’s an 80’s.

Duinbergen

Duinbergen

Duinbergen

Yesterday I spent the night in one of those great houses, with an amazing bathroom. And off course I had to take a bath in that tub. Soaked over an hour. Huge tub. Big plus.

Duinbergen

Photo-save

Seeing that I’m still am a beginner, sometimes I come across a picture that’s nice but that is completely over- or underexposed.  And than, and I know this is probably not the way to go, I see what that photograph looks like in black & white. I feel that monochrome pictures can handle much more contrast, so over- or underexposure isn’t that big of a deal. Do you feel the same way?

This picture is one of those pictures. One side of the horse was way to dark and while the white spots are overexposed. But still. I like this picture.

Equine photography

My loyal followers might recognize this rider from the Beautiful Friesian post. I’ve also been experimenting with the film-mode on my DSLR, and one of the videos I made is of him and a gorgeous horse called Benton. If you want to see it (but don’t expect to much of it), you can find it on youtube.

Btw when can I stop calling myself a beginner?

How to celebrate?

No picture in this post, just a question. I’m getting pretty close to the 1.000 views on my blog (yes I’m abnormally proud :-) ), how should I celebrate this? Dressing my dogs up in a festive costume? Posting an actual selfie instead of the vague one on my ‘About me’ page? Or something else? Let me know what you would like to see!

Cute.Cuter.Cutest.

Another reason to love spring: all those cute animals coming out for a taste of the fresh green grass.

Enjoying spring

 

Enjoying spring

Enjoying spring

Enjoying spring

This little guy is my absolute favorite. Love his hairdo!

Enjoying spring

I have some other news too: I ordered a lensbaby today! I chose the composer pro with double glass optic, and also bought the creative aperture kit. I’m über excited, hopefully I can go pick it up by the end of the week. But I have absolutely 0 patience. I.Want.It.Now.!.!.