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My very first equestrian photo shoot. A practice run for a cross country rally. Having been petrified of horses all my life, it's amazing what we will do for the love of photography! I realize this isn't the best photo ever but having had so much support from my forum post rquesting advice, I just had to upload the results.

Camera:Canon 5D II
Lens:canon 70mm-200mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Horse Play
Username:fran_weaver fran_weaver
Uploaded:22 Feb 2010 - 11:13 PM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Sports / action
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davidlaurie
22 Feb 2010 - 11:33 PM

well captured

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Campervanman
Campervanman e2 Member 6711 forum postsCampervanman vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2010 - 11:47 PM

It's a really good effort, very well timed and exposed and the horse has room to move into. The rider is identifiable and I'm sure the girl's parents would love a copy. Improvements? Well the background is a little distracting so perhaps a larger aperture next time to blur it a bit. You could also try getting lower down so the sky becomes the background (but watch your exposure and the horse!).

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LensYews
LensYews  51300 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2010 - 1:48 AM

Well done Fran, its a good effort for someone who doesn't like horses. My comments are in line with Campervanman's although getter lower is difficult with small fences. The other possible improvement could be your positioning, so that the horse and rider are slightly more angled towards you. The rider will often be looking in the direction of their next jump as the go over the current one, or the direction they have to ride in next. After a couple of rounds you can usually identify a good position where you can get a better view of the emotion on the riders face.

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fran_weaver
23 Feb 2010 - 6:57 AM

Thanks for your comments. I was on f3.5 so it was pretty wide but I can see what you mean. I would very much appreciate your comments on some of my other pics which probably have the same issue with background but maybe I am better positioned. Could you possibly keep your eyes out for them, I will hopefully get one up tonight. I'd love your comments!

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digital_boi
23 Feb 2010 - 7:44 AM

excellent

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2010 - 8:16 AM

worth a look in large. I like the sheep in the bg but the shed is a slight distraction...worth looking at what's behind the shot. Difficulty here also is that the fence is in shade with a very bright sunlit background. you've done really well Smile

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 95987 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2010 - 8:32 AM

Of course as far as backgrounds go it could be far worse - last show I went to there were ruddy great advertising signs and horrible fencing all over the place - it was impossible to get rid of those of course and a tad annoying.

This has come out nicely though - way way better than my first attempts which I'm not about to show anyone Smile

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