i wont' argue, it is kind of boring. but, if you ride it yourself, you appreciate how hard it is to get things just so right.
I think you've got artist genes, which means you look at everything as a "picture op".
I tend to be that way.
Well I try to at least - esp with the camera in hand. It's just darn tricky sometimes to find the photo in the scene.
I think it would be difficult to get great pictures of an event the shooter is not passionate about as I believe that while the pictures may be clear & such there seems to be a missing element- the thing that 'makes the shot.' Hard to explain.
Let's use puppies. The pictures from a person who loves dogs will be better than ones taken by someone who doesn't. One will capture the essence of puppies & one will have pictures of puppies.
I see passion as a willing desire to invest ones time and energy into a chosen area of interest to an extent that is beyond a casual investment that most people would invest (if they would even do so at all). The passion might not always be directly with the interaction - it might be the social side, the prestige, the money, etc.... It can have many forms and often as not is not a singular one nor is it static.
That said passion with no direction, experience or guidance I would say is not always enough.
I'd say I've got the passion for the camera and that through that and with guidance/learning I can find the motivation and structure to invest into learning.
All nice in theory - practice will tell how far one gets.
why don't they just put puppies out on the dressage or jumping arena, then everyone would be happy!
I've often thought showjumping would be a lot better (and be a lot easier to photograph) if they just took the rider off the horse. I mean dogs can learn agility so I'm sure one could teach a horse to jump without rider (though it might have serious implications for the design, strength and height of fencing!)