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Taken at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage on Wednesday during the Prix St George test.

Trying to get a different perspective on the usual dressage shots (and also because the surroundings are always so cluttered at these events and my lens won't separate the background enough!) so I quite liked the close up of the competition horse working, with the horse at rest in the fields behind. Be interested in your thoughts on the crop.

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f5
1/800sec
170mm focal length

All comments/criticism/modifications welcome.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Canon 75-300mm kit lens
Recording media:ISO400
Title:~ Dressage ~
Username:starstriders starstriders
Uploaded:8 Jul 2006 - 11:03 PM
Tags:Compete, Competition, Dressage, Festival, General, Hartpury, Horse, Horses, Pets / captive animals, Ride, Rider, Riding, Sports / action, Stallion
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Mikearty
Mikearty  9
8 Jul 2006 - 11:18 PM

well shot, makes a great image! cheers mike.

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tenter
tenter  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2006 - 11:43 PM

A picture to really study, so many details, with the horse looking serene, but, working hard. Taking out the rider, but, leaving the hands makes a great composition.

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sbphoto
sbphoto  10 Ireland
9 Jul 2006 - 1:40 AM

Great clarity and colour with lovely composition and DOF.
SB

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Ruben
Ruben  8
9 Jul 2006 - 2:42 AM

Great shot. The backgrounds are usually cluttered in horse event photo's. I love the background of this shot, excellent shot just as it is, well done.

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
9 Jul 2006 - 7:45 AM

Wonderful shot - perfect composition and crop, (no pun intended - LOL) Lyns x

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MDR_Photo
MDR_Photo  10872 forum posts England
9 Jul 2006 - 9:40 AM

I like it. Certainly interesting to see a different view. However not sure about the horse in the field, would prefer without! Also might get ride of the foam/slobber off the horses neck/chest.

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CaroleA
CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2006 - 11:55 AM

I think the crop works really well: it captures the part of the horse/rider partnership that is key to the whole thing (apart from the legs, which on good dressage riders don't seem to be doing anything). I've loved looking at this; what a magnificent animal, slobber and all!

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2006 - 11:50 PM

Really like this Lauren. I know myself dressage is very hard to capture well for the reasons you've mentioned, but also the grace of movement doesn't transfer too well to stills, so a different perspective is always useful. I love this, the intense concentration, the hands which connect the rider with the horse, and the resting horse: it's almost like one of the dreamy thought bubbles - he's thinking of where he'd rather be. So all in all, lovely shot, well conceived and executed

Stephen

PS just saw above aomments. I think the "slobber" is part of it - it adds to the feel of intensity of concentration

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MDR_Photo  10872 forum posts England
10 Jul 2006 - 7:35 AM

Personally I think the slobber spoils it as it goes against the perfectness of dressage and what the rider is trying to achieve. They spend hours trying to look as smart and as perfect as possible!

However it does show that the horse is supple in the mouth and working well.

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starstriders
10 Jul 2006 - 7:44 AM

Thanks for all the valuable feedback. It's really interesting to hear all your opinions.

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Hannahs_Pics
10 Jul 2006 - 11:34 AM

I like the perspective of this shot!

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haana
haana  11 Estonia
10 Jul 2006 - 1:42 PM

beautiful pic. excellent quality. a horse looks very cooperative. like the horse figures on the background.
haana

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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 - 5:59 PM

Beautiful composition; elegant horse and rider clearly evident.

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RipleyExile
11 Jul 2006 - 9:55 PM

Like this close crop concentrating on the horse, but leaving enough of the rider to show what's going on.

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TeresaH
TeresaH  91116 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Jul 2006 - 10:00 PM

An amazing looking horse.

Like the way the background is gently blurred.
Teresa

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sparky2000
3 Sep 2006 - 4:36 PM

Great shot, the cropping is perfect.
Stuart.

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Katie_S
Katie_S  8
4 Sep 2006 - 11:52 AM

brilliant shot, gorgeous horse!
well done!
Katie

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