Posts tagged ‘Birmingham’

Crook Cottage Stables – Part 5

Here are a few more candid portrait shots from Crook Cottage Stables:

Calling The Moves

Talking To Aunty Sam

Something Funny



Sharing A Joke

Tired Girl

This will be my last post from the Dressage event last Saturday – I do have many more shots I could share but I think it’s time to move on to something different.

This post also marks a little landmark for my blog….it’s the 200th. I started posting 15 months ago in June 2012, and since then have had 16,738 hits and gained 348 wonderful followers.

Thanks to everyone who has followed, liked, commented or simply viewed my work… really is much appreciated.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Crook Cottage Stables – Part 1

I was very busy over the weekend taking shots of a friend of ours competing in a Dressage event at Crook Cottage Stables in Walsall, West Midlands. As with my previous attempts at Equestrian sports – see the series of seven posts from Cholmondeley Castle Horse Trials starting here – I really enjoyed the experience and came away thinking that I would like to do more of this sort of photography.

I took a few hundred images in the 3 to 4 hours I was there, not difficult when you have the camera in high-speed continuous shot mode. This approach does tend to ensure that you capture a lot of the action, but it also means you end-up spending longer in post-processing deciding which of the images you’re going to work on.

This first group of fifteen concentrates on the riders and horses before they go into the arena to compete – warming-up, preparing and generally waiting around:

In case you were wondering, yes it was Emma on Pippa that we were there to support – hence more shots of them than anyone else….;0).

Watch out for more posts from Crook Cottage over the next few days. In fact these aren’t the only Equestrian images I have to share with you, because a couple of weeks ago I attended the Somerford Park Horse Trials at Holmes Chapel in Cheshire – I just haven’t had chance to do anything with those shots yet. So they will be posted later this year…..hopefully!

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

The Black Country Museum

We visited the Black Country Museum back in September 2012… yes another one of those shoots that I didn’t get round to posting at the time. Having said that posting now has turned out to be quite timely…..if you have been watching the excellent “Dancing on the Edge” on the BBC you may recognise some of the locations. The Providence Chapel and the Main Street especially were used in a number of scenes in episode 2.


I would certainly recommend a visit to the Black Country Museum, there is plenty to do for all the family and you can easily spend a whole day exploring the fascinating industrial and social history of this part of the world. As I hope you can see from the images above there are also plenty of photo opportunities.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

Festive Birmingham

Last weekend we travelled down to Birmingham to spend sometime with good friends of ours before Christmas. Whilst we were there we visited Birmingham Cathedral; strolled round the Christmas Market and did a little bit of shopping. Below are just a few shots from the trip:

Chances are that this will be my last post before Christmas, so I just wanted to wish all my fellow WordPressers a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year…..:0)

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