Belinda and her horse Gecko

Shot in the lovely late afternoon light on Saturday afternoon at the Abbey Medieval Festival, Abbeystowe, Caboolture, Qld.

Ordinarily one would not shoot into the sun due to the flaring that occurs, but in this case, the rim lighting and yes, even the flaring was desired for the overall effect.

This may be Gecko's last Abbey Festival as next year another larger horse will be coming instead.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 10th July 2010, This photo: 4:22pm


  • { Lins } said:
    Stunning light!
  • Simon Diete said:
    This is a great shot David, the backlight is just stunning!
    Awesome work mate :-)
  • looby88 said:
    lovely, and I want that horse !
  • Spitefully said:
    Gahh, great light. Love the low contrast here.
  • frednaut said:
    That's incredible David - what a scene.
  • renanluna said:
    Medieval shot!
    Even in another time the quality of the photos is perfect!
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Incredible shot! Your choice to shoot into the sun was spot on.
  • chaos80129 said:
    great capture!
    love the light in this scene, fairylike!
  • Ricardo Fonseca Photography said:
    Lovely light. Great shot.
  • Ricardo Fonseca Photography said:
    Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado The World Through Your Eye - Post 1/Comment 2, e nós adoraríamos ter a sua foto adicionada ao grupo.
  • traceyjohns said:
    A lovely shot, great lighting.
    And a beautiful horse!
  • Joel Sergent said:
    lovely dave!
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  • JSP_me said:
    wow! .. what a wonderful shot it is! .. awesome work!
  • © mEnTeRa W.M.Haswady™ said:
    impressive shot friend..nice to meet u! congras exlpored!
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Wow Dave... backlighting has never looked this good before!! Pity about the slightly distracting background... as much as it helps to put this scene in context... I suspect that the image would be a little stronger without it.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Yep - nice light Dave. Very nice horse too.
    Very medieval of you :-)
  • Syn2554 said:
    Great one! Yeah, next year if the yard's built I'm bringing Geordie. He's been to the Abbey once before, some people should have some shots of him already. Echo looks lovely though, and so does Bell.
  • Paul Chan - Canada said:
    Absolutely beautiful image.
  • MikeSenior said:
    Brilliant shot David. Even though you shot into the sun on purpose it adds that warming effect to the photo. :D
  • Dylan@66 said:
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  • Dowi.Dalal said:
    Very nice shot
  • C.A.L. said:
    The light with the shadows is beautiful and Gecko, and Belinda, are beautiful, too :)
  • 唐xx said:
  • netherspirit said:
    A perfect capture of a beautiful moment.
    Seen in my contacts' photos.
  • michellefouineur said:
    Bonjour, je suis un administrateur du groupe Symphonie féminine, et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez votre photo à notre groupe.
  • thetaipan said:
    Beautiful lighting! The purple bin and the wristband/watch remind us what era this really is, otherwise it looks so old-world.
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • lamazoid said:
    Wow... amazing photo
  • RuudMorijn said:
    This beautiful picture is quite rightly chosen for EXPLORE. Congratulations!
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  • Matt Spracklen Photography said:
    This is amazing! I just love the whole feel of this. Great work.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Sure was - very happy the sun made a late appearance.
    [] Thanks Simon. Outdoor events can be a tough gig and you have to work with the conditions you're presented with, but then you get moments like this that make all the hard work worthwhile.
    [] She's a noble steed Helen, lots of information over on her page (now linked in the write-up above).
    [] Thanks :)
    [] I need to do a couple of edits for the final image Geoff, see if I can remove the wheelie bin and the blue weekend pass wrist strap on Belinda, but I couldn't resist posting the nearly-out-of-camera version last night before crashing into bed.
    [] Thanks! :)
    [] [] [] Thanks!
    [] Yes, she's a beautiful horse isn't she.
    [] Thanks Joel!
    [] Well I'll be.
    [] [] Thank you!
    [] Thanks Paul. My main beef with the background are the non-period elements like the blue wheelie bin. I couldn't really open up the aperture any further without losing depth of field on the horse (not that the lens opens up any further anyway - f/2.8 is as wide as it goes with that one). I admit though, a similar shot with sparse trees but without the festival tents and people would also be lovely.
    [] Thanks Danny. One has to step back in time every now and then.
    [] If I look through my archive, I reckon I probably do.
    [] [] [] [] [] Thanks !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] I hope to remedy the bin and wrist-band when I have the time to do so ;-)
    [] [] Thanks!
  • PAk. / said:
    So simple,so perfect.
    It is really wonderful!!!
  • Gaurav Dinesh said:
    Fantastic! So warm.
    Congrats on getting Explored.
  • beth.brousil said:
  • caitxrawks said:
    How pretty!
    Via Today's Explore at #18 on Fluidr
  • rabidash* said:
    ~cOngrats~Seen in XplOr.FP.#..~
  • On the mountain at dawn said:
    Fantastic shot!! Love it!
  • Sahitya Parvataneni said:
    Fabulous! Such beautiful light and shadow! Awesome shot!!
  • alnet2010 said:
    Superbe éclairage et magnifique scène. Bravo!
  • Ahmad Albattah قريباً said:
    niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic pic
  • weninew said:
    Lovely pic!
  • Rebecca812 said:
    Gorgeous light and capture!
  • A1StudioPhotography said:
    This is one of the greatest images i have ever seen.
    I'm delighted, very much delighted.
  • Saunderses said:
    Amazing lighting. Works spot on with this subject.
    Surely this will be in explore?!
  • Ana Marzán said:
    beautiful shot, amazing light
  • BURKE79_323 said:
    amazing capture ~ Congrats on being explored ~ ! ^_^
  • delitefulimage said:
    Yes, terrific lighting !

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  • RhinoP15 said:
    its like going back in time
  • heyjennuh said:
    beautiful! I absolutely adore this shot!
    Congrats on making the front page of Explore : )
  • writing_with_pictures said:
  • Dr. Ilia said:
    nicely done
  • MistyDays / CB said:
    I personally like backlighting--and you've done a good job here. Sentimental and sweet scene. ;-)
  • Nirjhor Nandonik. said:
    amazing Light.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone :)
  • foto d50 said:
    Amazing shot
  • L.A. Birdie Photography said:
    :O GAH
  • ghis44free said:
    Very nice photo, congratulations.
  • D L Ennis said:
    Beautiful light and shot!
  • Nikita Nikolaev said:
    GREAT shot!! Very interesting and very well done! Excellent work!
  • nick.lagos said:
    Very nice David....well seen....would have to make a very good B&W too
  • lmaekelley said:
    Makes me want to go to a festival now...
  • Iwan Lindeboom said:
    your photostream is great!
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  • Iggy Belan said:
    unbeliveble shot.... pretty cool.
    your photo stream is awsome.
  • Rajesh Vijayarajan Photography said:
    Wow! This whole scene looks so surreal. Awesome.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    lovely capture :D
  • neoserenity333 said:
    that light is magical
  • deftone2k said:
    David it really is a spectacular shot, that lighting is phenominal.
  • Don Mortimer de la Crypt de Corazón said:
  • tandito said:
    so beautiful ...
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Could do Nick, might check that out later.
    [] 'twas a great time of day and the weather played along nicely.
    Thanks everyone else, I'd reply individually but am quite pressed for time at the moment.
  • - Zak84 - said:
    Amazing! Fantastic light and composition! :-)
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  • Debbie Lynn Photography said:
    this is beautiful!