Cross Country at Red Hills International Horse Trials

Posted by Scott Holstein on March 13, 2015 in Personal Projects
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Action photo of water splashing as a horse and rider jump over a fence in a water feature during the Red Hills International Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Marilyn Little rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Red Hills International Horse Trials is one of the best events Tallahassee photographers can shoot. It’s outdoors in the capital city in the spring, the season of perfect weather in northwest Florida. Resurrection fern-covered and Spanish moss-draped Southern Live Oak trees create a picture-perfect backdrop for the equestrian event, held in beautiful Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park on the north side of town, near Lake Jackson.

The Cross Country course, designed by Hugh Lochore, is my favorite, mixing adventure, athleticism, risk, and triumph. Plus, spectators are close to the action; rider and horse together leap over jumps mere feet away. It’s difficult not to hold one’s breath each time the pounding hooves go silent as they leave the ground and go airborne. Also exciting is the spray of water jettisoned into the air as horse and rider enter a water obstacle, such as the Sawgrass Water fence.

I like the challenge of catching and preserving a moment while shooting action, and I’m grateful as a Tallahassee photographer that I can photograph the Red Hills International Horse Trials. I hope you enjoy this selection of my best images from the Cross Country phase. Please click on an image to license it or to purchase prints. More images are available in my photo archive here.

A horse and rider jump a fence beneath an oak tree during Cross Country at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Katherine Rivera rides Royal Lufttanzer over the Shire Bound Trunk fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of a horse and rider airborn between oak trees at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahasee photographer Scott Holstein.

Jennie Jarnstrom rides Cape Town over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action photo of a horse and rider jumping over a fence between beautiful Live Oak trees at the Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Lisa Barry rides F.I.S. Prince Charming over the Hammock fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

A motion blur image of a horse and rider on the Cross Country Course at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Mikka Kuchta rides Rubens D’Ysieux in a blur toward the Hog House fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of water spraying up around a horse and rider at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Kelly Prather rides Blackfoot Mystery through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action photo of a rider and horse splashing through a water feature at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Marilyn Little smiles as she rides RF Quarterman through the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Action image of a horse tripping over a water jump during Cross Country at Red Hills Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace stumble on the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Chaotic action shot of a rider clinging to the horse's neck after the horse stumbled on a water jump by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Caroline Martin clings to Quantum Solace’s neck after the horse stumbled on the Sawgrass Water fence during Cross Country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

Animation of a horse stumbling in a water feature and nearly throwing off its rider at Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

(Animation) Quantum Solace stumbles in the Sawgrass Water fence, nearly throwing rider Caroline Martin.

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Beach Sunset Venice | Florida Landscape Photography

Posted by Scott Holstein on December 30, 2014 in Personal Projects
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Florida landscape photography of a sailboat off the beach during a vibrant sunset in Venice.

A sailboat sits on the horizon during a vibrant beach sunset in Venice, Florida. Click to license or to purchase prints.

I hope you had a nice holiday season. I spent Christmas with my family in Venice, Florida. One evening, the sunset was shaping up to be interesting, so I grabbed the camera and hit the beach to do some landscape photography. The sky was fairly cloudy, and as the sun set, it gave the clouds some nice color. After the sun dipped below the horizon, though, the sunset kept getting better. Although already set, the sun was still lighting the clouds in the west and we got a very vibrant, colorful sky and reflection off of the water. It became one of those amazing sunsets that only come around every once in awhile. To top it off, a sailboat sat offshore, giving me a small focal point in the scene.

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Photo of a pastel beach sunset in Venice, Florida by landscape photographer Scott Holstein.

A pastel beach sunset in Venice, Florida. Click to license or to purchase prints.

Image of a sailboat sailing in front of a pink sunset by Florida photographer Scott Holstein.

A sailboat sails in front of a pink sunset in Venice, Florida. Click to license or to purchase prints.

Image of a sailboat’s silhouette during an orange sunset in Venice by Florida photographer Scott Holstein.

Silhouette of a sailboat during an orange sunset in Venice, Florida. Click to license or to purchase prints.

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Photographing Tony Hale in Tallahassee, Florida

Posted by Scott Holstein on August 6, 2014 in On Assignment, Published Photography
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Portrait of actor Tony Hale with a yellow toy duck by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Portrait of Tony Hale, an Emmy-winning actor, with a yellow toy duck at the Young Actors Theatre in Tallahassee, Florida.

I had the opportunity to work with Tallahassee’s Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Hale, when he visited home recently. Hale is known for playing Buster Bluth on the Fox comedy series Arrested Development and for playing Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy series Veep. Read More

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Portraits of Florida Governor Rick Scott

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Portrait of Florida Governor Rick Scott in front of the mansion by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Portrait of Florida Governor Rick Scott in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

When 850 business magazine was launched in 2008, I photographed then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist in his office at the Capitol in Tallahassee for the cover of the inaugural issue. As the magazine recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, I had the opportunity to photograph current Florida Gov. Rick Scott on location at the Governor’s Mansion for the cover story of that issue of 850. Read More

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Merry Christmas from Scott Holstein Photography!

Posted by Scott Holstein on December 22, 2013 in On Assignment
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Photo of a single Christmas tree glowing on a tree farm by professional photographer Scott Holstein.

A single Christmas tree decorated with lights out on a tree farm in Florida.

Merry Christmas from professional photographer Scott Holstein!

I landscape photos of this single Christmas tree shining with lights in a sea of trees on a tree farm in Havana, Florida for the cover of Tallahassee magazine. After I picked the best tree and chose my composition, creative director Larry Davidson and designer Saige Roberts styled it by decorating it with Christmas lights powered by a generator that we hauled on location. I shot at dusk to get a proper exposure so the glow of the Christmas lights stood out in relation to the darker, unlit evergreens in the foreground and background. I used a tripod for the slow shutter speed – this image was a 2-second exposure. To get the high angle, the tripod was set up on the back of my Jeep while I stood on a ladder next to it.

May your holidays brightly shine this season!

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