Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Northern Florida
It sounds like you photographing dressage or show jumping would be like me photographing golf. I think it's the most boring thing in the world to watch. It sounds as if your passion is the camera not the horse and rider.
My definition of having passion for something is not the investment of time. I have invested enormous amounts of time in things that I don't have a passion for. I do enjoy these things, just not a strong passion. Example, I have a couple of parrots and have spent plenty of time reading everything about them. I want to know the proper way to house them, feed them, and interact with them. I want to know what makes them happy. I don't want to keep a pet and have them be miserable because of my ignorance. Do I have a passion for birds? Not really, but I do enjoy them for a pet. I do however have a passion for horses. It's in my heart and always has been since I can remember. I can muck stalls all day and it's not work.
As far as photos go, I think the best ones are when you capture expression. Whether it be concentration, elation, sadness, enjoyment or whatever. That would be for the horse and the rider at the same time and that's where it gets hard. That being said, it doesn't totally matter how a movement is being executed except for the expression that it is creating.
It would probably be easier to understand dressage movements if you understood why those movements are being asked of the horse. Dressage is training and a good amount of people explain this but they don't explain that it is not the end all that more and more treat it to be. Dressage is training the horse to move a certain way and carry itself in a certain way with a rider so that when it is working cattle, in battle or anything else, it doesn't break itself down. All of this is done with the horse and rider so in tune to each other that these movements are executed seamlessly.
That being said, I think as a photographer, you would be looking for fluidity of movement and expression more than specific postures.