Posts tagged ‘Horses’

The Kelpies

The Kelpies near Falkirk are huge 100ft tall metal sculptures created by Scottish artist Andy Scott. Named after the equine water spirits of ancient Scottish myth (but modelled on two beautiful Clydesdale horses) they rise majestically above the Forth and Clyde Canal and pay homage to the areas industrial and working past.

I’ve wanted to see these for ages, and they lived up to all my expectations:

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

 

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

Polo Movement

I get very few opportunities to practice my panning technique against fast-moving objects, so when we went to see a Polo Match at Chester Races a few weeks ago I couldn’t resist. The idea is to choose a slow-ish shutter speed in combination with a smooth horizontal panning motion to try to capture the sense of movement, but at the same time keeping some part of the subject in sharp focus.

They say that practice makes perfect, and I definitely think it does with this particularly challenging technique, which is why I would rate the following three images as only partially successful. However I think they are just about worthy of posting and sharing:

Polo, Chester Races, Chester, Cheshire, England

Polo, Chester Races, Chester, Cheshire, England

Polo, Chester Races, Chester, Cheshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

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