It’s been an amazing month for photographic opportunities and the highlights have been the three times we’ve been lucky enough to photograph and record the Household Cavalry on their ride-outs on Holkham beach.
This latest one was a very special ride and one which none of us present will ever forget – we arranged it as a special ride for Major Richard Chambers who is soon to retire after 33 years in the regiment. Richard has ridden with the regiment on their Holkham rides since they very first started coming to the iconic Norfolk beach.
To keep things simple they brought one horsebox with seven horses for this sunset ride and boy did we get lucky with the weather. It wasn’t the best sunset I’ve seen at Holkham but it was certainly the most memorable. To see these magnificent beasts running through the surf with their highly trained riders was a photographer’s dream.
Below are a handful of the shots I took that evening…
I would personally like to wish Major Chambers a very happy retirement and thank him and all of the chaps and ladies of the regiment for the opportunity to document their visits to Holkham this year. A huge thanks to George at Norfolk Locations and the Holkham Estate for allowing this extra ride to go ahead and to ‘Woolly’ the Land Rover driver extraordinaire who drove us to & from the beach, he can handle those deep sand tracks like no other (even when he has a landrover packed with 10 people!)
The full gallery of shots that evening can be seen here: https://galleries.everybodysmile.co.uk/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=364682
My talented partner,Leanne (Samphire Films), made another beautiful little film of the evening’s ride….
I had been looking forward to this week for a long time, in 2017 I filmed the Household Cavalry on their annual summer ride-out on Holkham Beach here in Norfolk from the drone. I missed the ride last year but managed to organise access to the two regiments (Life Guards and the Blues & Royals) this year and went through the necessary permissions to be allowed to fly at Holkham again.
As you will see below we were blessed with incredible weather on Thursday & yesterday (today it is raining!) so we got some stunning stills & video footage. My partner Leanne (currently setting up her own independent film company – Samphire Films) came along on both days to film some ground-based footage to add to the aerial footage and since I wasn’t able to get clearance to fly both days (to minimise disturbance to the wildlife) I shot stills on a long lens yesterday. I’m very grateful to the Holkham Estate and Norfolk Locations for allowing me to fly on the Thursday, there is a rare nesting colony of little terns at the west end of the bay so I had to make sure I avoided flying too close.
A huge thank you to the lads & ladies of the Household Cavalry for allowing us such amazing access, particularly Major Chambers and Captain Perera who even drove us to & from the beach to save our little legs! It was a huge privilege to meet them all, a real credit to the the British Army.
Thank you to Jason & Graham from Norfolk Constabulary who came down on the Thursday to police the beach for any rogue drone users and keep an eye on things. And finally thank you to our friends Leigh & Steve who came down to assist us – Steve was my drone-spotter for the day and didn’t take his eye off the drone once, while Leigh assisted Leanne as she filmed some incredible footage – including filming from the army truck as they sped alongside the horses at full gallop. What an incredible opportunity!
Below are some of the shots and at the bottom of this post you will find the finished video by myself and Leanne and a link to the full gallery of the photos. As per 2017 the shots & video this year have proved very popular with the front cover & pages 2 & 3 in the Eastern Daily Press (see bottom of this post), a shot being used in today’s Guardian newspaper in their ‘pics of the week’ spread, the Daily Mail Online (here), and on the BBC. Enjoy!
Your eyes don’t deceive you, there is actually a naked man in the below photo – the west end of Holkham is a nudist beach, bet they didn’t expect 26 army horses & soldiers to ride towards them that day!
In today’s Guardian…
The full gallery of my still images can be seen here.
Our film of the two mornings on the beach is here: