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Behind the Lens: Get to Know Endurance Ride Photographer Kitty Carlisle


by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

Kitty Carlisle and her husband Scott Tully are originally from Texas. They own Projections Photography. Kitty has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years. Kitty’s website is www.projectionsphotography.com

Where do you live?
Carson City, Nevada

How did you first get into photography?
I began my career as a sports photographer for our local newspaper. I have always loved to shoot things that move!

What equipment do you normally shoot with?
I am a Canon girl, and my lens of choice is my 70-200.

When did you start shooting endurance rides?
I first began photographing endurance for National Endurance Driving Association (NEDA) in 2009. I loved photographing carts flying through the desert over some intense terrain, and I was hooked!

Why do you like shooting endurance rides?
My two favorite things about endurance rides are the great people involved and the amazing scenery I get to see.

What are challenges you find in shooting endurance rides?
Hands down, the biggest challenge in shooting endurance is the weather! I have shot in weather so hot it melted the soles of my boots, and I have been knee deep in snow with my hands so cold I couldn’t feel the trigger. Sometimes, we get both in the same week. Dust is my sworn enemy. Not only does it leave you eating dirt, but the sand blasting has destroyed a few cameras.

Anything else you’d like to share?
When the day is done, I count my blessings that I have traveled to so many wonderful locations and met so many new friends along the way.

Below are couple of shots from Kitty’s favorite rides over the years.
"The last picture attached is of my horse Blaze," Kitty says. "He is not an endurance horse, but he is definitely my heart horse. He is a rescue and I couldn’t imagine him ever trusting anyone after what he had been through. He is a therapy horse now. He has come so far. He is a true testament to spirit and a perfect example of just what we can endure."