Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3043 posts, RR: 59 Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3546 times:
Just a public note of thanks to all those photographers who recently have voted for my departing Virgin 747 photo 'with the horses' as Photographers' Choice. This is the first time for me that a photo of mine has received this recognition, and I am very pleased indeed.
As some may know from a previous thread I posted, this particular motive of an aircraft departing/landing on Runway 23R/05L at Manchester with the local horses in the foreground has long been something I have been trying to capture. Strange as things are, after literally years of occasional trips to this particular venue when things have never come together, I have had a few opportunities in a row recently to try to capture the motive. I have another in the queue right now of another A380 arrival, and those elusive horses cooperated once again. I hope that will make it through screening too. You just never know when those conditions will be right again, so you have to seize the day.
I am really pleased that fellow photographers appreciate that particular image - it is very nice to have been able to bring it to fruition and have that recognised by colleagues. Thanks once again.
Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3043 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3457 times:
Quoting sunandan (Reply 4): Paul, do the horses get a prize for their involvement in this special picture?
Not much I have to offer I am afraid - but I can give them a 'plug':
Those horses again!
These two seemed particularly affectionate .
This was taken last Sunday, when I nipped down briefly to take another photo of the A380 arriving. Very luckily it did so in a bit of sunshine, and these two horses kindly remained in the shot. If only they had been like this at the time! With screener support that photo will hopefully be added sometime.
As I said above, although these horses are sometimes to be found around these fields, which I think belong to the adjacent stables (sometimes right up to the fence in danger of putting their nostrils down your lens!), getting the elements together has proved very elusive. For me you need a few factors coming together:
* A 'heavy' touching down or departing - for me the motive is about the juxtaposition of the 'heavy metal' and 'nature' and also their apparent carefree attitude to all the activity behind, oblivious to all around them. I don't think it would work so well with a smaller aircraft.
* Framing - the horse/s need to be far away enough, plus you need to be able to frame the photo so that it can be cropped within the limits of A.net rules and still work.
* Aircraft + horses - even if the animals are posing nicely in the right area, the aircraft has to play ball. e.g. in the Virgin example I needed that slightly longer take off run, so that it was low enough to pass by the horses so that the framing worked. Often that would not be the case.
* Light - well my Manchester friends will acknowledge that those almost ever-present Mancunian clouds all to regularly ruin a shot just at the wrong time for us.
Screeners willing ......... the lighting is better than this one, so I really hope it makes it.
P.S. Just looking at some more photos, and for those interested, here is the preceding frame to the current PC (this would have got motive due to the wheels being slightly blocked by an aerial) - those wings are enormous! In the background is the Airport Pub, frequented by many visitors, but less so by photographers at this time of the day due to the lighting. The bouncy castles show that it is a popular destination for families:
A380 and the Airport Pub
P.P.S. And one more for the horse lovers amongst you - the frame following the previous PC: