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By Marc_Andrews  
Taken at Swansea Agricultural show on one of the few nice days we've had this year.

Tags: Horses General Rider Racing Horse show Pets and captive animals Riders Agricultural show Sports and action

Voters: yasika, jaspernina, sparklep

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pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2007 9:17AM
I like your chosen viewpoint but the horse and rider blend into one, particularly in the thumbnail, so I don't know whether it will catch the eye of the viewer from the gallery.
Your use of DoF is good, just enough detail to give a sense of place, maybe one stop less would have kept the face of the rider in focus as well. Your title suggests she is an important part of your picture.
I think I would have been tempted to darken the ropes at the back a little bit and possibly fade the bright umbrella as it just takes the eye from the main subject.
A fraction of a second later and you would have caught the front legs just going ove the jump.
I hope this is what you wanted, but I am not an expert at show-jumping pictures.

As an aside, you mention constructive crit in the forum but I don't see it anywhere in your info. Nor do I see any real information about the image, camera settings, what you were trying to achieve, etc. I guess it has taken me much longer to crit than it took you to post.
This crit thing is a two way process, give us a chance, but you must do your bit first.Wink
jaspernina 15 1.0k Wales
8 Aug 2007 1:48PM
Great capture, Well done.

Stockczech 16 445 Czech Republic
8 Aug 2007 5:55PM
Mm.... there's a lot to like, but for me it's not quite there. A fraction of a second later would have been better - as it is, you do get the impression that the horse isn't going to clear the jump (and what rider wants a picture of their horse knocking down a pole?). And yes, I would darken down the umbrella - it's very distracting.

sparklep 15 146 1
9 Aug 2007 8:02PM
Great shot. Sorry it was missed.

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