Photography & needing a Challenge .

Oh, it’s been SO LONG since I actually went out with my proper work camera and actually challenged myself to be creative & think…

So when Saturday morning arrived and all the Horseboxes & traffic past the East side of the house ( main road from Carentan , it’s only a ‘B’ class road ) I twigged that it might be wise to check the local website for Graignes Hippodrome……..

It’s only a thousand yards from the front door, I could have walked and checked, but wanted to be sure & give me maximum time to take pooch out & check the camera & clean the glass…..

I discovered there was an entire afternoon / evening floodlit event…!!!!!!!!
First race was @ 16:40 by the website, so I duly rocked up in my best scruffs & my wooly hat with the RN badge…

It was Trap / Buggy racing, the kind where they have to Trot, but by god, it was seriously quick trotting…
It took some mental working out & metering of the light & awareness of the direction to get the right exposure without testing or shooting willy nilly on Automatic….

First shots were…!!

Graignes Hippodrome

The driver was 60 years old if he was a day… And no slim jim…!

Graignes Hippodrome

First shot of the day….! Get It Right First Time Or Fail


I was overjoyed at them, right first time & no mucking about..!!!

there were some really challenging lighting conditions & the very sudden Hail Storm brought rainbows  out afterwards…

Graignes Hippodrome

Challenging lighting conditions.:-)


The chance opened up to leg it across the track & shoot from the inside …. I was sure it was getting a swearing at as they flashed past me….! BUT WHAT A SERIES OF SHOTS I GOT….
This being a favourite.



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Experienced Qualified Professional Photographer, Ex Miltary Royal Navy 24 years B.A Honours 1st Class Hons Currently Building a business & home in Normandy France. View all posts by darkhorsephotos

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