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A quick view of francisr's recent activity.

  • The Sunshade

    Good to see you are still taking photos of m'sh4ooms.

    I enjoyed this image.
    • 14 Aug 2012 7:55PM
  • Fibonacci spiral self-portrait

    Yep - I'll go with that.
    • 20 Apr 2011 11:43PM
  • Tia

    Mike - thanks for the observation - never thought of a '50's western shot - but you're not wrong.
    • 3 Feb 2011 11:23PM
  • Two Shrooms

    Super shots - especially the first.
    As you say the water droplets really finish it of.
    Fabulous colors.
    • 4 Nov 2010 7:52AM
  • Epping Forest

    Agree about the rain and the light at Epping.
    Beguiling colours.
    • 1 Nov 2010 8:09PM
  • Tea in Epping Forest


    Rusty! That's what the weather does to everything at all Epping forest meets.

    Good to meet you.

    • 31 Oct 2010 11:22PM
  • Rayvtan Bay

    Cameracat, Many thanks for the detailed consideration and response - it's what I like about EPZ.

    I photograph a lot of dressage competitions - indeed I ride dressage myself.

    When it comes to photography the dressage riding community are a very conservative bunch - if its not got all four feet off the ground, upright rider and ears forward then it's 'rubbish'. So photo's such as this are outside their normal photo comfort zone.

    Anyone who says 'heels down a tad more' knows more about riding than the average punter - so with that in mind (and a quick glance at your portfolio suggests you are no slouch at photography):

    'In focus' - The riders head, through saddle and numner(sic) to her boots are sharp

    Shutter speed - in extended trot, any shutter speed faster than 1/30s 'ish gives insufficient background blur - canter or extended canter a different matter

    Tense rider - this I completely agree with. I've photographed oodles of amature dressage riders and have have the pleasure of photographing top notch riders and Olympic champions - if there is one thing that stands out in the eyepiece, it's the way good riders look so relaxed which in turn relaxes the horses.

    One of the challenges of this sort of shot is that the rider and the horse describle differnt arcs during trot and canter. So, the decision is horse in focus or rider. Almost impossible to get both sharp.

    Willing to be shot down in flames.

    • 1 Aug 2010 9:14PM
  • Hi Sparklep,

    Good to hear from you. Life's busy these days - don't get much time to get to Tring reservoirs or Cassiobury Park these days.

    Hope you are well and your photo efforts fruitfull.


    • Posted on sparklep's profile
    • 29 Sep 2010 12:03AM
  • Sparklep,

    What a splendid portfolio. Since we met some years ago at Tring reservoir I have intermittently dip in and out of your portfolio. You look like your are really enjoying your photography.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my latest 'cat' effort

  • Some lovely images. Very enjoyable.

  • Penny,

    just had a quick flick thru your portfolio.

    I had the opportunity to go to Vabbinfaru in the Maldives last November and your super images bring back some great memories. I had a go at some underwater stuff but could achieve nothing like your splendid quality.


  • Like the strong tones and colours in your work. very nice and restful to look at.

    • Posted on cheesey's profile
    • 27 Jan 2008 9:25PM