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Attended an equestrian dressage competition today (my other half competes at medium level).

OK - it's an esoteric sport but it seems to attract lots of togs with print on site facilties - 18.95 for a 10 x 8 sort of offering.

I can't help thinking that standing there with a top end canon D/Nikon D with big lens and compulsory monopod and blitzing lots of technically accurate images produces some very dull images - no atmosphere, no what it means for the horse and/or rider, no impression of effort (and believe me it is a mentally tough sport).

Listen to the judges at dressage competitions and you hear "very forward going", and "needs to be more uphill" or "too heavy in the hand". None of this seems to translate into the 'stand there and blaze away with some expensive kit' togs.

So, less of the whining, here's my first effort at trying to capure the effort and movement of dressage.

Willing to be shot down in flames!

Technicals: F13, 1/30s

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Sigma 150mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Active Trot
Username:francisr francisr
Uploaded:30 Oct 2008 - 9:13 PM
Tags:Addington, Dressage, Horse, Portraits / people, Rider, Specialist / abstract, Sports / action
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blackbird
blackbird  7159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2008 - 10:06 PM

well I know next to nothing about this sort of photography but i do like this very much - movement blur and good sharp detail,
good work Smile

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2008 - 10:41 PM

I think you have captured the movement very well, agree about the bog standard photography you see at these events. A little bit of creative photography would sell more images, low angles etc
John

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 - 10:45 PM

Super shot,well captured.
Dave

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