1st March 2014 was a Bird of Prey Outing for us which turned out to be an absolute brilliant day.
We got to work with some of my favourite birds of prey, these being:
- Luna ( Barn Owl )
- Cassie ( Buzzard )
- Toby ( Long Eared Owl )
- Rolo ( European Eagle Owl )
- Dudley ( Little Owl )
Joined me was local falconer Andy Howey and another photographer, Alan Thompson. Great company and a good laugh was had throughout the day. We even had a short and sweet visit by Nita!
I won’t babble on and bore you all to death on this one, I’ll let the images speak from themselves and we hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.
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Saturday the 1st February took us to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh to photograph Flyball! This is something completely new for us again and it was absolutely fantastic.
From a photography point of view it was extremely difficult with no light at all from being inside so it was very high ISO work but all the same it was a fantastic experience. Thank you to GK for letting us know about this!
Mark and his wife Caroline and myself headed to this event and spent several hours in and among the dogs taking it all in. Someone mentioned to us to take ear plugs, I may actually take some to the next even of this kind because it was extremely loud but oh boy it was exciting. The dogs absolutely loved it and the array of breed was fantastic.
Very friendly atmosphere, great coffee, facilities on hand and a good laugh!
As always, I have chosen my 10 favourite images..actually to be honest I quite liked most of the images so really these are random picks!
You can see more of our images at the following links:
Gallery of Images
Were you at the event today? Let us know how you got on.
If you were in the images also let us know, would love to hear from you.
Until next time….!
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If you have been following us recently you would notice that we have been up to Aviemore for the Sled Dog Rally on the 25th and 26th of January 2014.
We first went to this rally in 2013 with Mark Hogarth and decided from their we would make this a yearly visit because it is awesome to be there and be part of this event.
2014 was no different except we took my finance Sarah for the first time and she is now hooked so we will be booked up for next year for sure.
The journey began on the 25th January at 4am. Mark, Sarah and myself left from our house to head to Aviemore. Plenty of coffee was had that morning let me tell you but already we were psyched up for the weekend.
We had a real hassle free trip up to be honest, making there just before 7:30am so we were there before the sun had risen.
At that time teams were already there with their dogs outside, tied up waiting. The noise of the Huskies was enough to just put that adrenaline into you because you knew they were up for it, the excitement was brilliant, however it was absolutely hammering down with rain, to the point where we were curled up in the car thinking “what the hell are we doing?”. But hey, we have just travelled for over 3 hours at 3am, the dogs are ready to do so let’s do it! We got out and out layer after layer on, grabbed our gear and headed to walk the trail. It was horrible! But perseverance paid off in the end because when the rain, sleet and snow stopped, blue skies were among us and the sun was shining over the Cairngorms through the trees and onto the track given such lovely light! Put the warm glow of the sun in winter with a team of Huskies and what do you get? Absolute excellence!
We fired off shot after shot, got wet once more, walked for miles, dried up, shot more, got wet again and this was our day through out ( not forgetting the Bacon Rolls and Coffee, Hot Chocolate for Sarah ) – It was AWESOME!
We met lots of other walkers, supporters and photographers there and it like in 2013, it was a real friend event!
At around 3 in the afternoon we decided that since we walked most of the course we would get our wet clothes off and jump into the car to head into Aviemore to find our B&B for the night. We chose the Ravenscraig Guest House ( their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/ravenscraig ) – This is a highly recommended Guest House by all 3 of us, very friendly, comfy rooms and the log fire at night was brilliant!
Picture the scene – Sarah sitting in a single chair in front of the open fire reading a book, Mark and myself on a couch in front of the open fire reviewing our images from the day whilst have a couple of well earned beers!
Here are a few of our favourite images from Saturday’s race day: ( more images can be seen here )
Since we had a long day we all slept amazingly well and woke up ready to rock and roll for day 2 on the track and the breakfast we got in the morning set us up for that nicely however when we reached the track it began to snow pretty heavily. So much so that the road leading up the Cairngorm Mountain was closed via their snow gates so once again we were sitting in the car thinking “What the hell are we doing?”. And guess what…..YUP! We grew a set and went for it! We walked up from the start where they came our from a tail to head up hill to continue their route.
Whilst in the back of our minds the car seemed a far better idea we were still persevering to get photographs regardless of what Mother nature throws at us and we are slow glad we did!
Here are some images from our Sunday which was cut short because it was getting to be rather dicey and we had to drive home! ( more on that later ) – ( more images can be seen here )
So I think it was around 11am we decided to make a run for it thinking that since we are leaving earlier we can take a small detour home, that was until we hit the A9. It was a nightmare, 20-30mph for quite some time, lorries off the road down ditches, post vans stuck, police cars assessing the roads but we took our time talking in the car about our weekend and we soon got through the worst of it so we headed to pitlochry for some lunch at Café Biba which was lovely ! This set us up for our trip back home!
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I hope everyone has recovered from Christmas and New Year. We certainly have and we are back to it and what better way to kick start 2014 than with a Photoshoot shoot with sisters.
You might remember Ellie from an earlier photoshoot at a local waterfall, well we grabbed her again along with Vicky her sister.
This one was in the pipeline for a while and we settled to do this in and around an area near Cornhill, the location on this one wasn’t the most important, this was about our models and their interaction as sisters. I have to say, it was quite easy to work with them, they are both very smiley people so it wasn’t hard to get them to show happiness, I’m glad they didn’t have to be serious, I think I may have struggled! But to have your models smile and have fun throughout the photoshoot is magic because if you know me, it’s all about having fun.
Before I proceed to the images, my thanks go to Sarah and Mark for helping me out today. Mark was my light man and Sarah was our production photographer and obviously our models, Vicky and Ellie, well done guys!
Photography + laughs + coffee = sorted!
Enjoy the photographs and if you wish to leave a comment please do so!
And to finish off a couple of production shots. Throw these in for a bit of fun, it’s not all serious
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It’s been a while since our last post, apologies for that. No excuses, it’s only been Christmas and I hope that all of you have had a wonderful time and looking forward to the New Year.
Who will be starting this with a hangover? I bet a few of you
Right, on with the post, well as you can tell from the title it’s about our time photographing Icelandic Horses with Team Carson.
So we headed to Etal where Team Carson have their business set up for a demonstration. Now you may not know this or may be surprised to know this but I am not horsey in any way shape or form so for me to be excited by this was quite a thing ( don’t laugh! it’s true! ). Over the years of photographing horses being dressage, show jumping, cross country I’ve never photographed or seen an Icelandic Horse, is that strange? Oh well..
I didn’t know what to expect really and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Well the show started for 1pm in the indoor arena at Etal and the turn out was great, wasn’t much space left really which was fantastic to raise awareness on these fine animals, good thing really, it was very chilly indeed in that school I’m glad I had plenty of layers on.
So to start us off they brought in one of their horses to show us around it, let us know how they judge these horses, they then brought in this wee foul, Andrew brought this in like it was a well trained pooch and I guess it was, they handle it as much as possible and it was a very friendly little thing and you’ll see from the image it was after some food from the crowd!
After this, their eldest son had a ride around to show us these horses in motion and I didn’t quite expect the movement to be quite as quick, and I think quick is being gentle, they were damn quick but moved so swiftly, gentle, almost as if they were just one with air, it was quite something and I certainly snapped a few shots as you will see below also.
They went on after this and had a bit of a competition between father and sons who were brought into the arena by the good ole Icelandic Flag and then suddenly the music came on and the horses were off, it was FANTASTIC, didn’t know which to photograph first so I was in my element whilst trying not to break out in dance myself ( I think I did for a moment to be honest, don’t think I was noticed though, phew! ). The winner who was judged by the spectators was ( I hope I get this right ) Sandy riding Herkules!
After this was finished it was question time then we got a wee bit of food from the organiser which was fantastic!
Well done Lucy Robertson for organising and well done Team Carson for putting on a cracking demonstration.
I certainly hope to go back to photograph them again and wish them good luck in their future competitions.
So here are the images that we were able to capture from today and certainly go to their website and give your support where you can: http://www.acicelandichorses.co.uk/
Enjoy the images:
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This will most likely be our last post of 2013 so all the very best for 2014, we hope to bring you more and more images and thank you to everyone for their support during this year, makes it all worthwhile!