My camera has been busy

CDU_5571PMIn my (failing) attempt at being a pro photographer, I’ve done quite a bit of shooting lately

CDU_4963PMWestern, jumpers, dressage…

CDU_3827PMI just wanted to touch base with you friends with a couple of pictures

This is not working half as it should, but I’m having fun. Finding out that everybody wants free photographs, but very few people still want them if they’re not free, even very reasonably priced. It’s just a sign of the times, everybody and their dog got a digital camera and think what they’re doing with it is “good enough” (when truly, it’s often good enough for the trash, lol).

CDU_5123PMI’m not bitter, and I’m not disappointed, I’m just watching this industry of the local event photographer with a neutral eye. It’s a pretty tough job and I’ll be fine doing something else, but I also see how freebies have killed this market, at least have hurt it badly. I do clinic photography, and I see people shooting comparable events and offering access to all the images for free. Nobody cares they’re unedited and often not very good, heck, they’re “good enough” if you don’t have to pay for them. In the meanwhile if I really depended on this business to make a living I’d be starving and bound to the salvation army, no joking. It seems very complicated for normal folks today that a photograph has a commercial value.

CDU_5179PMI may be delusional but I really don’t think the quality of my work is lacking. What I’m probably lacking is the ability to sell myself. Maybe because to me it should be hard to push good images. But I’m probably an old fart stranded in the digital age 😉

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New kid on the blog

Dandy20Avr16-03.jpgMaking progress with this boy…

My dear readership (or what little has been left of it by my lethal inability to blog consistently for the past few months…), I feel awful for letting you down. I also feel pretty crappy about my photography these days. Even though the last event I photographed sold pretty nicely, the freebies have more or less killed this market and I’m pulling the plug on my business.

DudeRanchAvr16-08PMThat being said, I’ll still pull the camera out of the bag now and then 😉




DudeRanchAvr16-04PMI would just hate not to

But first and foremost, I write this post to let you know that my primary focus having changed, I’ll be starting -and hopefully maintaining- a horsemanship oriented blog, called My very own Jac. If you want to have a peep at it now and then, I would love to have you there. There might be less pictures, and a little more talk, but fine horsemanship relates to all ares of life, in a pretty surprising way, so the curious and open minded among you might find it not entirely boring. Anyway, the only way to find out is to try it ! So I hope to meet you over there, and I’ll try to add a little to the photo page as well, as the better weather will be back soon. Stay tuned !

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Shooting a working equitation workshop (March 18/16)

12Mars2016-10PMLast week I got to shoot a spanish/portugese working equitation workshop

12Mars2016-64PMThose events are heavily classical dressage based, with a touch of obstacle handling, and some livestock sorting. Great looking horses, for the most part

12Mars2016-44PMI’m very familiar with the beautiful equine facility that took place in. The covered arena is just enormous, and the light is fantastic… if you can handle it ! A lot of crazy backlighting and white light pooling among shadows, not for the faint of heart

12Mars2016-67PMOr anyone lazy or relying on the camera’s metering. Forget that, unless you’re shooting mirrorless and have real time live exposure simulation. Using the Nikon D750, I didn’t, so Manual mode it was…


12Mars2016-59PMSituation like this, for example. You can’t have best of both worlds, even with a full frame sensor, the camera’s dynamic range is well exceeded by the scene. Just expose for your subject, and live with blown backgrounds. And don’t even mention RAW, I kept more than 2000 images for this event. Sorting out jpeg files was enough of a nightmare 😉

12Mars2016-32PMMost horses were spectacular, and with sharp looking riders, to boot

12Mars2016-39PMYoung stud was acting up, so the instructor hopped on, and he behaved

12Mars2016-78PMHorses were either purebred Spanish or Portugese breed, or Lippizaners


CDU_0090PMAnd the greatest fun for everyone was sorting out cattle !

12Mars2016-11PMI got a crush on a few of those horses




12Mars2016-79PMAnd this light is…. delighftul, once you handle it properly


12Mars2016-83PMSome traditional outfits added a nice touch


12Mars2016-30PMHorses had a blast with the cows



12Mars2016-48PMIcing on the cake, I sold a boatload of pictures !

CDU_0174PMThe cattle pics sold like crazy, despite the busier backgrounds and wonkier exposures

12Mars2016-80PMAll in all a great experience, and an audience that loves pictures and will buy

12Mars2016-20PMAbsolutely to do again !

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For monochrome lovers (March 16/16)


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Goats (Feb 26/16)

Boucs23Feb16-18PMOur four boys. From left to right : Sven, Blacky, Domino, Chocolat

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Back when the sun shone on us (Feb 25/16)

AutomneBerry-06Not so long ago, but it seems we haven’t seen the sun for ages. Please sun, come back !

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A long, WET winter (Feb 23/16)

Boucs23Feb16-07PMMea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

I apologize, I have been horrible at (not) maintening the blog properly since Christmas. It’s being (not been, alas, we’re still enduring it) a long, warm, drab and WET winter. Our whole property is literally soaked in water. So obviously not the best circumstances for shutter therapy…


However, here are a few images of our new backyard maintenance team : 4 young neutered male goats (how do you call those anyway, bucks ?)/ Domino, Sven, Blacky and Chocolat


The youngest are about 6 months old and fully weaned, so now they can binge on the 3000 square meters of unmanageable shrubs that grow in one part of our property

Boucs23Feb16-08PMThey either stick all together, or go by pairs, the two dark ones, or as here, the two light ones. Goats are highly photogenic models, so get ready to see a bunch of goat images soon 😉

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