Trudie Callan

Photo-a-Week Challenge


Week 30 – 19. Horses and Humans

Our daughter has a business giving pony rides to children in all its forms – birthday parties, fairs, working with children with learning difficulties, teaching children to ride and look after ponies and the occasional media invitation i.e. Big Brother and pantomimes. The ponies are Shetland ponies and they are so hardy. My photo does not do them justice and the weather did not help. They were muddy and shaggy with their winter coat. Their fields were very slippery!

I came home cold and wet and marvelled at how our daughter, her staff and the ponies survived the cold winter weather. I have sent her 2 hot water bottles, some more cups for hot drinks as the girls were frozen (not the ponies)!

The photo is no better than a snap but I thought I would end up on my bottom if I ventured into the fields, it started to rain and I did not want to get the camera wet and the girls wanted to feed and prepare the ponies for bed and get home to warm up. Be prepared for all eventualities next time or choose a better time, are my learning this time.


Edited image. I  am not able to do selective darkening yet but I shall research it and see what I can learn. It does look much better just with the crop and editing the original image again.

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Week 29 – 51. When the Wind blows

Two of my fellow members were joining me for a photowalk along the Thames from Kingston towards Richmond last week but unfortunately the forecast was for heavy rain so we had to postpone it. Since I had put aside the time to photograph I decided to do something at home before the rain started. It had reached the windy stage which always comes before the rain starts to fall. I went out to the garden armed with my camera, tripod and shutter release to see what I could do!

As it was windy I looked around but could not see anything which showed the wind as I wanted. I thought about a selfie but then I thought my windblown hair would fit the theme better. So here is the result. A less dishevelled me will follow in due course!

Week28 - 51. When the wind blows


Week 28 – 49. Two of us

These are two of the beautiful orchids which I received on my birthday. I wanted to try to get the white orchids on a white background with the edges of the flower as soft as possible against the background. Nearly blown out but not quite. It was also the start of doing long exposures so I was experimenting with the shutter speeds and going fully manual on a tripod with a remote shutter release and a macro lens with natural light. First steps on a steep learning curve. It was absorbing and I learned a lot. Now I need to think if I achieved what I wanted and what next. Some reading on long exposures I think and choosing a suitable subject. Certainly this blog is pushing my boundaries and making me think and try new things. Thank you!