I have started to take a picture of the large tree next to my usual bus stop, to track the colour of its leaves during fall, and the changing light. I make the pictures standing on the same manhole cover, so that the framing is quite consistent. I am not very regular in taking pictures, but I try to remind myself about it every time I walk there.
Yesterday I ran out of bread and decided to bake it myself, summoning my courage to overcome the bad experience of bread #37, which I had to throw away (it was underleavened and partially raw after one hour in the oven, and no further toasting could save it).
I followed precisely the steps of Weizenmischbrötchen recipe in the Brotbackbuch, took half a day from start to finish, and I obtained two light, fluffy loaves:
I am a bit sad that I used only dry yeast, but I’m so happy for such a nice result 🙂
One more post about the show jumping event I attended a while ago (previous ones: jumps and take-offs): landings. After the flight phase, the horse and rider have to prepare the landing. The difficulty for the rider lies in keeping balance, while allowing the horse to use its front legs in a way that the combined weight doesn’t damage its front limbs. In the fourth picture you can see the angle of the pastern, absorbing the impact – it is the less blurred part of the picture, so the stillest one. Furthermore, horses have no collar bones, so the impact of landing is received by muscles and tendons, instead of more breakable joints.
The rider changes position, from staying close to the horse’s neck during the flight phase to leaning slightly backwards, ideally on a vertical line. The rider in the fifth picture is leaning forward, maybe the horse made a big jump that was hard to follow? It sure takes a lot of practice to properly ride your horse on such jumps (thanks Scottish Rider for sharing your experiences during training!), so I prefer to celebrate the moments of good coordination 🙂
I wish to write several posts about aspects of horse jumping that I observed at last Friday’s competition. Today I write about the initial phase of the jump, the take-off. It is less often portrayed in photography, and in my case it was mainly the result of inaccurate timing than a conscious decision – still, I caught on film a bunch of interesting moments.
Horse jumping looks really crazy when you realise it involves galloping full speed towards the obstacle. Notice also how the rider changes the body position during the take-off (see Wikipedia for further info on jumping techniques)
This pair is jumping willingly…
… while this pair looks concerned…
… and this horse refused to jump:
and these two pictures caught the moment when the horse has both front feet below the body, right before the jump, and look unnaturally still:
Stay tuned for further posts about this event!
I have admiration for great photography, but I am a beginner. Unfortunately, I was so afraid of bad results that I haven’t properly tried out the nice camera I have at home since a couple years, a Fujifilm FinePix. However, yesterday I attended the first day of the Longines Global Champions Show in Berlin, and I brought the camera to snap a few pics.
I ended up taking pictures the whole day, and piled up one thousand of them! Thank you, digital cameras and large SD cards! I can’t imagine myself daring so much, if I had to spend money on film and development. And thanks to the camera for letting me snap great pictures, without requiring me neither a good eyesight nor photography background. In fact, all pictures in this post are done with fixed zoom and the default camera preset.
Time for the pictures! I want to share my thoughts about taking pictures to a horse show jumping competition. The first ones that come to mind are portraying the flying moment over the jump, and I managed to snap 4 pictures with an acceptable timing and focus, here are two of the best:
A few pictures were correctly timed but out of focus – I decided to keep them, and I find them somewhat artistic:
The important point is that for every of these good(ish) pictures, I took tens of pictures with no horse, or a nose, or a tail:
I think the picture with the best focus AND with a horse in it is this one:
… while this is the blurriest (that I like nevertheless):
I took many pictures of the riders and horses negotiating turns, the rider with the eye and attention on the next obstacle (in the second picture, the horse is not turning yet):
I managed to get a single picture of a horse hitting a pole (poles are held in place by small, almost flat supports that allow the pole to wiggle but stay in place if it is lightly touched, but fall down at moderate to hard impacts. There is no danger that the horse remains trapped in them), also because it happened quite rarely:
There are many other pictures that I find interesting, in their unprofessionality; but I am afraid to make this post too long, so I want to end with this nicely timed picture of the suspension phase of the gallop:
Time for final considerations and to-dos for myself:
- I enjoyed taking pictures, especially after I decided to focus on something else than getting the standard jump pic;
- … therefore I saw many more aspects of the riding competition, and collected a lot of impressions along the day;
- I was OK with making an awful lot of pictures, but only 1% that I could be proud of, and show to others;
- I realised that I need to learn more about photography principles, if I want to access the potential of this camera;
- I enjoyed the fact that the camera compensated most of my mistakes, thus motivated me to improve – it is otherwise hard to see if bad results come from my skills or from the equipment.
Stay tuned for more pictures from this event in some future post, and let me know your feedback in the comments! Thanks in advance 🙂
I wish to thank the food bloggers that inspire me with their stories, recipes and pictures, I hope you find joy from their posts too. It’s a long post, because I wanted to show a picture from each blog, I hope you enjoy them!
I start with Papaya Pieces: admire her wonderful berry cupcakes…
Cookies and Chemistry: I love Cindy’s motivational posts, food photography tips, and life thoughts:
Charismatic Baking: nice balance of recipes and meditations around life!
Der Brotdoc (in German): worth a visit, even only for the pictures:
Cooking without limits: clever food photography tips and wholesome recipes:
The Little Vegan: lots of ideas for vegan versions of common recipes, and many vegan-from-the-start recipes:
frauke’s delicious fritid: mostly dessert recipes, simple and tasty:
My Lighthearted Kitchen: bilingual posts (English and French) about cooking and motivational thoughts:
Ricette Veg: my friend Madi’s food blog, where she posts traditional Italian recipes:
Green Cooking Blog: a 17-year-old foodie shows a great mix of creativity, cooking and photo skills:
Happy food-blogging everyone!