Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Winter Photographers Essentials

As the nights draw in and it gets colder and colder the model horse photographer becomes more and more intrepid. Desperate to get those perfect outdoor shots in the few hours between rain storms when it is possible to go out and get some images here are our list of essentials for every model horse photographer this Autumn.

1. Knee Pad

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These are useful at all times of year but are really good for the winter because you can lie on them and not get wet! You can also not get sore knees.

2. Tarpaulin

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A tarpaulin is really useful if the ground is really wet, muddy or snowy. Lie on it and it will protect you from the damp. It won't offer much in the way of cushioning but it will at least keep you dry! You could even fold yourself under it if it is raining....

3. Fingerless Gloves

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Fingerless gloves allow you to still fiddle with those camera settings whilst at least attempting to keep your hands warm!

4. Super Absorbent Towel

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These will mop the water off your models (and you) quickly and easily preventing damage (and hypothermia)

5. Winter Hat

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A winter hat will keep your head and ears warm whilst you are out struggling through the elements

6. Plastic Bags

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Pop your model horses in their pouches in plastic bags to help protect them from the elements as you take them outside. Also useful if you have to suddenly run inside due to a sudden change in the weather conditions!

7. Baby Wipes (eco friendly of course)

Ideal for getting bits of mud and dirt off your models

8. Rain Cover

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You can either make your own or buy one. These protect your cameras from the elements (in particular heavy rain) so that they don't get damaged during your autumnal photography.

9. A decent coat!

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Waterproof and long enough that you can lie on it a little bit! Also good sized pockets for popping Stablemates inside :D

10. A warm cup of hot chocolate

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Essential for when you get back inside. Dry off those models and sit down to a nice warm mug of proper hot chocolate to keep those chills away.


So I'm going to say something controversial here....



*runs from thrown objects*

OK so I know it's a weird pose, I know it doesn't really look like an Arab and I KNOW it's yet another sabino/pinto. But I like him. I look at him and think "I like". And I'm not ashamed to admit that.

Darley is the latest release in the Breyer Stablemate Collector's Club. We saw images of the new sculpt late last year but this is the first time we've seem him with colour.

2019 Schleich

The Schleich website has revealed a few sneak peaks of the 2019 range :) Some gorgeous new fantasy models this year, I cannot wait to get those guys in!

But below are the equines and equine themed items:

42459 - Blanket & Halter Hannah & Cayenne

42461 - Blanket & Halter - Lisa & Storm

42462 - Blanket & Halter - Sarah & Mystery

42460 - Blanket & Halter - Sofia & Blossom

42457 - Friesian Stallion Riding Tournament

13890 - Knabstrupper Foal

13889 - Knabstrupper Stallion

13887 - Lipizzaner Stallion

70578 - Moon Unicorn, Stallion

13886 - Paint Horse Foal

13885 - Paint Horse Gelding

13884 - Paint Horse Mare

70580 - Shooting Star Unicorn Foal

70579 - Star Pegasus, Mare

42456 - Trakehner Mare Riding Tournament

13888 - Trakehner Mare

All the Schleich 2019 range and many other new products will be available from www.ukmodelhorses.com in the new year. Keep an eye out :)