I am busy building a website for Thordale Shetland Stud over the next few days as ours looks tired and old. So this blog post is a total cheat as I randomly chose a disk of stored photos to write something about.
I think I first bought my big Canon camera with the fabulous lens in Dec 2007. I remember shaking as I opened up the professional looking boxes with their smart instructions that assumed you knew what you were doing and not just an “all-the-gear-and-no-idea” kind of person (err, that would be me, then).
I was shaking with excitement, anticipation and fright at the large amount of cash this had cost. In my head, I was busy blaming the whole idea on Tim Flach, an incredible photographer who had come to stay with us to research and take photos for his book, Equus, in November 2007.
While I cooked supper in the evening, Tim would sit at the kitchen table and chat to me. He kindly looked at my rather pathetic array of photos and was extremely encouraging. He then examined my dear little camera that had done a perfectly good job up until then, shook his head and said I had “the eye” but the equipment was letting me down.
The next day, we went into the hill, put the Shetland ponies in a field for the photoshoot and Tim handed me one of his big professional-looking cameras saying “you go one direction, press this button and when the card is full come back”. So I did. It was easy.
We compared pictures that evening and Tim said “There, I told you. Now buy a good camera!” I asked him to write down everything that I needed, which he duly did. He left to go back to London. I still had my pictures and the list which I looked at and looked at.
(you can see his Shetland pony photo here)
Tim would phone me occasionally in the next few weeks to ask whether I had bought the camera and I whined on about the expense, no necessity and continued to procrastinate. He remained undeterred and said I needed to buy this kit.
So, I costed it up on Amazon, felt sick, took a deep breath and bought the lot locally from The Camera Centre, Lerwick – my theory being that if it went wrong while under warranty, it was much easier to just go back and hand it in rather than post it somewhere to an unknown address in the US.
These are some of my pictures from Tim Flach’s photoshoot. You can see why I had to go and buy the camera!
I have never looked back.