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post #21 of 25 Old 04-28-2015, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'm curious, is being a horse show photographer something you want to do as a profession?
At this point in time no - even in the near future its likely I'd only ever do it as a side thing once off. At present I'm more focusing on the skill aspect of things for my own entertainment. This is just very different to macro or other types of photography I've done* because its not all that heavily done even in photography groups so its not a heavily talked about subject (unlike portraits and landscapes - for example). Plus because I've no "horsey" past and because its more involved and closer than animals at the zoo it means I find myself rather at sea without a paddle - and since horse have some interest online ;P I thought I'd tap into that pool of understanding.



* its also very different because in each shot you've two primary points of focus who are both very happy to look in totally opposite directions and one (rider) oft also independent of the direction of motion as well.
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post #22 of 25 Old 04-28-2015, 09:29 PM
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Why don't you start photographing eventing?

They have the showjumping and the dressage... but they also have the cross country. From a picture point of view, there is a lot more variety like trees, natural jumps, mud, rain, hills, water etc.

To me, pictures that I like are the moments where the horse and rider are in unison. It's not all the time, most of the time it seems the rider is trying to ask for something and the horse is trying to give it. But sometimes it is as though they match up and for a brief second they are in the same place, feeling the same thing.

When I did jumping I found that moment was two or three strides before a jump, where both me and the horse stopped trying to do things and were just going on towards the jump, ready for it.
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Try removing the horse aspect of it from your thinking. Look instead with a purely artistic point of view. The colors, the background, the framing, the lines, the curves.
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post #24 of 25 Old 04-29-2015, 01:27 PM
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If I find some sport boring its usually because I don't understand it - so I don't watch it unless I have some driving need too and then I make an effort to learn
When I watch showjumping I'm constantly looking at what the rider is doing or not doing to get the horse around in the best possible way
I'm not such a dressage expert that I can pick faults at the higher level but I do know enough to appreciate all the skill & effort it goes into training a horse to get to that point
I know nothing about WP so when we've sat and watched a few classes at mixed shows we usually select our winner based on which rider has the best outfit!!!
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post #25 of 25 Old 04-29-2015, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Saskia I've been to eventing once - was a lot of fun (partly because it was outside which really helped - there was LIGHT - even though it was a fully overcast day (which is a good thing really no nightmare highlights)).

The cross country was fun and very different and meant for a few less annoying backgrounds to the shot. Only downside was I'd never been before and got there late with family so not a total photo-day and a lot of time lost just wandering along the course looking for a place to shoot.

Getting a horse and rider just before a jump is tricky, angle wise there's oft not a lot of room even at the jumps. I do get your meaning though; that moment of concentration on the jump. Probably a very hard thing to time as its not just rider and horse expression, its the feet and point of motion too (if one isn't careful a horse can appear quite static in pose as if standing not running if one gets the shot at just the wrong moment).

Cordillera - I actually do want to work on that, but its something I need to work on in all my photography. Thus far I'm till far too much "subject" focused as opposed to shape.

Jaydee - I tend to find I guess who does well by whichever horse leaves me rushing to get the shot (ergo which one seems to blaze around the fastest)
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