Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Okey doke... I'm a beginner (very very very amateur) photographer wannabe, but I'll give it a go.
What are you shooting with?
This is a slightly unflattering position for the horse and rider. If it had been taken a split second later, the horse's back legs would have been off the ground, the rider would be centered over the saddle, and it would have given the horse/rider pair a much more graceful look. I would drop the angle a few degrees, so if you were standing, drop to a knee. This can give a smaller course the look of a bigger one, and give the impression that the horse is bigger. I love that you caught the horse's tail in so much animation, that really adds to the image. The vertical layout adds a little bit to the picture too!
The first thing I notice is that the picture is out of focus. The second thing I notice is the crop; the rider's head and the horse's hind legs are out of the photo. I like to see either a photo that's concentrated on the front half of the horse, and the rider, OR a photo of the full body and the jump. So, I would either tighten up the frame to just "see" the front half or third of the horse and be careful to not cut off the rider's helmet, or pan back and get the entire horse. I really like the angle of this jump though, and you caught the horse at a fairly flattering time of jump as well!
The first thing I notice is that the photo is overexposed. The second is the awkward crop; both the rider's helmet and the horse's legs are cropped a little too close for my liking. The image could be a little sharper as well, but I'm going to guess the arena was quite dusty. Anyways, regarding the crop, I give the same advice as above, either catch the rider and the horse's front legs or the entire horse. If you have a large megapixel camera, then capturing the entire horse and then cropping the image to be flattering is much easier than trying to do it all with the camera.
I like the use of thirds in this picture, it gives a sense of where the rider is looking. I really like the contrasting colors as well, they're quite vibrant. I do think this image is more focused on the fence than the horse, so make sure your focal point is on the horse, not the fence. You could play around with aperture settings as well, and try and get the background blurred out.
Ahhh, much better with the timing! Unfortunately, if you were on an auto setting, the camera focused on the standard (which was the center of the focal point) instead of the horse. Again, you could drop the angle just slightly to make this a little bit more "impressive" if you will.
I like the angle of this photo, and the color contrast! Like with the first photo, the timing is just slightly off. Another fraction of a second and the horse would have rocked off his haunches, tucked his knees, the rider would have settled, and it would have given a bit more of a balanced look.
Great timing on this photo, see how the horse and rider look a lot more balanced? I like the angle, but I would have leaned over the fence so you don't have the rail in the way.
Everyone loves a thrill and spill photo. The only critique I have for this is that I would have dropped the focal point so you could see the bottoms of the standards.
I think you have the makings of a good photographer! Photography school will teach you all about angles, focal lengths, focal points, aperture, and all that jazz - I think you'll have a lot of fun!
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