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Horse Play

By fran_weaver
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.

Tags: Photo journalism General Sports and action

Voters: davidlaurie, User_Removed, mudge and 5 more

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22 Feb 2010 11:33PM
well captured

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User_Removed 10 718 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2010 11:47PM
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!).
LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2010 1:48AM
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.
23 Feb 2010 6:57AM
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!

23 Feb 2010 7:44AM
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
23 Feb 2010 8:16AM
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
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
23 Feb 2010 8:32AM
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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