My partner Jim and I recently went up to visit Suzie Poultney who owns the Handsome Horse. Formerly known as Pretty Ponies Australia, The Handsome Horse offers classically tailored equestrian apparel and accessories. Suzie also designs and makes some beautiful products such as her whips for the equestrian market. We were there to help Suzie set up for photographing stock. Suzie and her husband Greg have a lovely property just out of Landsborough in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland. Her artistic flare is everywhere to be seen in and around the house and stables so while Jim helped Suzie I took the opportunity to explore, set up and take self portraits.
Setting up for the self portraits was an interesting exercise. I had the use of a wireless remote for my camera and that certainly made things a little simpler once I got it working properly. There was a fair bit of toing and frowing to check exposure but the hardest thing was getting the focus right. I had wanted to use a fairly shallow depth of field and was not always positioned correctly to achieve that. The shot in the mirror was worked out by moving a broom with a bucket on it until I was sure the camera could see it. Focus on the bucket and then change places with it. Didn't always work though. The images are are a bit soft still. I also tried with and without flash. Last but not least, at the stables I also had to keep a horse at bay so that the tripod didn't get knocked over. Below are the fruits of my efforts. I'll be back up there in a couple of weeks so might do some more and better.