vendredi 11 août 2017

History Secret - Part Two

So we were at Digoine's castle, where my mare played two scenes for french TV series "Secret d'Histoire" (History Secret).


After the first shot, we came back in front of the castle for another one.

To be honest, I was really happy that my mare was here, because appaloosa coated horses were REALLY greatly pized in history...

"Crossing the Rhine", Adam Frans van der Meulen  (1632–1690)

This time no costume for the horse but as we didn't have any historic saddle, it was all about hiding it, because this time no big dress to do the job. Also we did the first test helping the main actor to ride...

I liked this pair... (don't you think they are cute together?)

 And their accuraty...

"Rendez vous au carrefour de Compiègne, ou le Botté du roi", Jean Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755)
From Oudry's painting, Nicolas-Pierre Pithou, l'Aîné (1750-1818)

Then, the main actor start to play his part...

He was acting Pillipe d'Orléan (1674-1723), regent of french kingdom for Louis XV, on the road to war...

"Phillipe, Orlean Duc, Regent of France" Pierre Mignard (1612-1695)

Funny fact: they said in History Secret that Phillipe of Orlean didn't ride very well, and... the actor was perfectly playing that -not on purpose-. To be honest, I thinks he did fine as he wasn't a rider and the mare who was supposed to only trot did... gallop instead.

An appaloosa coated horse for him is really something I would rate a "plus" because, it was really the kind of horses that used to be king's month at his era.

Louis XIV (brother of Phillipe d'Orlean's own father) was truly into spotted horses...

"Louis XIV at the Taking of Besançon" Adam Frans van der Meulen  (1632–1690)
King Louis XIV at the siege of Lille facing the Priority of Five" Adam Frans van der Meulen  (1632–1690)
And Louis XV (son of Louis XIV, and the king Phillipe d'Orlean was the regent) also...

Detail of a hunt scene with Louis XV, Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755)
It's really the golden age of the spotted horse, even if a lot of thoses paintings ratify those as "king's white horse". Wich is funny, because if the production call us for a white horse, they got an almost white appaloosa horse that would fit their historic re-enactement way better than they expected.

"A Riding School" Dirk Maes (1653-1717)
"A hunter and a Lady resting in a landscape..." Chales Joseph Natoire (1700-1777)
"Louis XIV receiving the keys of Strasbourg" Constantijn Francken (1661-1717)
I loved the whole experience, 
And I wish you loved my two blog post about too!

To finish, here's some more of the lucky castle shot I was allowed to do after all this.

For the most curious, the episode is running on youtube until thursday 17th of august.

My mare is at:
-Minute 22:58

jeudi 3 août 2017

FAQ : How to do Splashes?

The question n°1 I got was : How did you do splashes on your pictures?
Well, I already answered to that, but people still wants to know, so here's a reminder:

Splashes needs time & effort, they won't come easy and you're gonna need to be patient.

-If you don't go on shooting alone, so you're at least 2, just ask your friend/parent to throw littles rocks in the waters for you. And you just had to focus on taking pictures. That simple.

-If you're alone, well...
1. Don't be affraid of wet foot (really).

Or came on purpose with boots.
2. Place your figure in the water.
3. Be sure the figure is NOT gonna be taken by the water current.
4. Choose your framing, take a first picture without splash of what you want. (it would help you focus)

5. Be creative to make a stand for your camera, exemple, take some rocks. (Option: you have a real stand foot like a boss, I didn't).

Be attentive to your environment, to found what you need to make a stand & little rocks.
6. With your main hand you gonna take little rocks to throw, with the other your gonna pull the trigger,

7. Be calm and patient, throwing with your main head is better for precision, the stand for the camera gonna help your other hand to keep the camera focus. YOUR ANGLE MAY CHANGE A BIT during process.
8. Repeat, as long as needed. It may need several shots.

It can be long, it can be difficult, the result is the reward. Really. The following pictures were taken by me alone using the technique below, promess.

As you can see, the good picture can be really different than what you wanted first.

So now, you're ready to do all the splashes you want.

dimanche 30 juillet 2017

Familiar Fox's Grapes

Artist Resin Custom (modification by myself, paintjob by Kimberly Bleecker) on "Bacchus". Painted 2016/2017 and sculpted by Emilia Kurila. 
Breed: Baroque Noriker

samedi 8 juillet 2017

History Secret - Part One

All began when Sabrina got a call, asking if she -as a riding centre- would have a white horse to lease for a filming. I was riding my mare, and just listen "I've got a globally white one here, with just little spots on it". When I understand a bit later it was about a history show, I was like "I want my mare to go there".

So the next day they called again, asking for a beautiful horse, no matter the colour. Sabrina explained back "so I've got two, did your actors actually can ride, because one of them could not really be ridden by everyone" (she was speaking of her own horse, Quirian). But I was like "Take my mare, she is better for a history show, take my mare, I want my mare to do somethin' historic because it's (really) one of my dreams" and I had arguments like "I've got a baroque bridle" or "Appaloosa spotted horses were on the top in historics times"

"The Imperial Riding School of Vienna" Johan Georg de Hamilton (1672-1737)
And in the end, we decided that my mare would be better, because she's an easy ride. So we sent a picture of the "almost white but with spots" mare and they loved it.

That's how, my mare used to run for "Secret d'Histoire" (History Secret), a french tv show, documentary type, speaking of great historic figures.
The show is pretty popular here, and celebrate 10 years on TV, that's why they decided to add actors to the new actual season.

It goes on first page of the local journal, where the decor (Digoine's castle) is located.
When the mares arrived, they asked if she could endure a horse cover, I said she is affraid of nothin'. Plus they asked if one of us (me or Sabrina) could be stand actor for the galloping scene. Saddly for me, it was Sabrina who looked the most at the actress.
And that's how they both ended looking like...

Oh my, I must admit I was green, wearing such a dress was is litteraly my own dream. But I was glad to see that once in my life instead (I always dreamed to buy such a horse cover for me, I'm now sure the mare is stunning in it).

The shot started with a long galloping scene front of the castle.

Then front of the lake.
How much beautiful is this? I'm in love.
It was even more awesome than in the old "appaloosa pictured" paintings I love so much...

"Porträtt (of Mrs Duchess of La Ferte)" by Jospeh Parrocel (1646-1704)
Then, the real actress take place for her plays.

She was acting as Marie-Thérèse d'Autriche (Maria-Theresa, Archduchess of Austria, 1717-1780) acting her coronation...
"Empress Maria Theresa as Queen of Hungary in coronation regalia on her horse" Unknow

For the pictures I could find, and as many of other case, the color of the horses varies, wich means I'm not sure if she has an appaloosa like in this re-enactement or a dark one like in the painting. But that's cool. And definely historicly accurate (must insist).

"Lady on Horseback" Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709)
"Porträtt (of Mrs Comptess of Saint Geran)" by Jospeh Parrocel (1646-1704)

Painting attributed to Johan Georg de Hamilton (1672-1737), School of Vienna.
(same as the top picture)
So it's obvious that the horse outfit wasn't accurate to baroque but more to medieval, but this horse scene beeing minor in the whole episode, it's kind of ok. The only thing I'm sure is: this was so cool.

We also played another scene, but as I'm still digging to documents it,
I will do another blog post about it, promess.

edit. PART TWO

To finish, here's some of the lucky castle shot I was allowed to do after all this.


For the most curious, the episode is running on youtube until thursday 13th of july.

My mare is at:
-Minute 6:24
-Minute 6:46
-Minute 7:03
And back at
-Minute 24:49