Men' and Equestrian Holidays Drents-Friese Wold organised an organised horse ride on a pre-plotted route this year: the Autumn Stage Villa Nova 2019 on Sunday 3 November.
From hotel restaurant Villa Nova the ride was started. In the Drents-Friese Wold, the route of almost 25 km was plotted. The place where I normally sit was outside the route, so the road map had to choose a different location.
Exploring for the autumn ride
On Saturday, Evelien and I will walk through the forest from the visitor centre with a map. Evelien knows the surroundings, as she can be found here regularly on horseback. Using Google Maps, an area has been chosen in advance, but now a nice place for the photos. The day will be mostly grey, so everything in the forest falls off. That's going to be too dark for the time of year. And so we walk along a long straight dirt path of the route. Two spots are selected, both of which we have our own preference. In the morning, i will use the light present to be looked at by me as to which it will be.
A complete account in word and image
The start from Villa Nova is at 11:00 and about 70 combinations are expected. Zorgvlied is a beautiful place as a start, from here you walk right into the nature reserve. This time I'm going straight to my photo spot. It's a nice walk, on the spot I have to unpack and set things up. It looks like it's going to be a dry but fresh day. Fine weather for the horses and the dry weather is nice for the participants.
When I get to the location that was preferred by Evelien, I see a few tall trees holding back the sunlight. The background of a possible photo would be fine here, but I'm afraid that too much light towards the sandy path is going to be blocked. I'm walking on, pulling my trolley behind me. A bike is not an option on this path, so I alternate the handle. A part of the sandpath is pulled by the right arm and then taken over by the left arm, etc.
Once I get to my place, I'm looking for it a little higher. The dirt path is up here and from my location I look down the hill. I look at the horse, so that the head is not in front of the rider while shooting. Everything is laid out and waiting for the first participant can begin. Over time I get the cold and go to warm myself up some jumping and walking around.
The first participants
When the first group announces itself by calling my name, I'm a few feet away from my camera. With two they come at me in a gallop, but luckily the dirt track is long. When I grab the camera from my chair, I'm ready for the first footage. After that, the raft continues with the groups. Horse and cart or only as a rider on the road, one by one they pass by. For the photo it is more beautiful if there is space between them, but when a large group of drivers arrive, that is also a great sight. Enjoying the ride together, stepping through the colored forest.
Even the sun shows itself for a while, which illuminates almost the entire path. I click through and photograph everyone. When at some point two ladies come by saying that they are the last ones, I kindly thank them. Top, then I don't have to wait half an hour just half an hour for some movement in the far. The camera goes out and into the bag. It's over, back to Assen. After checking and editing the photos, they can be sat. Online.
Video of the Autumn Ride
During shooting I mounted the smartphone on top of the camera and made short shots of various participants. These recordings are combined into this short video as an impression of the event:
Result of the day, photos
It was another fun day for me as a photographer to be able to capture everything. I left over 340 photos to the event. I will choose a few photos and post online (website, Facebook, Instagram) as a short impression of the day.
The photos of the Autumn Tour Villa Nova 2019 can be viewed below. The further financial settlement runs through Oypo, so that possible combination with other events / photographers can be combined. Read my short explanation about Oypo and the possibilities for ordering a print, digital file, garment or other gift with the photo taken. Enjoy this day, have fun and watch until next time.