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By davewaine    
This guy is called Lorenzo, and he is something special. He is a Frenchman from the Camargue region and this is how he rides horses (up to ten at a time, I kid you not). More than that, he jumps them while standing on their backs - and has just done so, as you can see from the picture. I went to the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate yesterday (that is t' Greeat Yarksher Shoah in Arrogit tu't loacals) where he was the star attraction. Being a penniless good-for-nothing from the Untouchables Caste, I couldn't afford to sit in the stand along with the bigwigs and Royalty (yes, they were there too) but had to stand in the crowd with the other plebs and tug my forelock. Consequently my view was restricted. I would have loved to have got the leading horse's head in the shot, but some ignorant troglodyte stuck his baseball cap-clad bonce in the way at the critical moment and I had to crop it out.

If you like horses or acrobatics, keep a sharp eye out for Lorenzo appearing somewhere near you and go along to watch. You won't regret it.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Portraits and people Sports and action

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2011 8:34AM
Stunning shot in spite of't loahcal twerp w'it cap. Glad you were standin' w'it peasants, we waint 'av nowt to do wi toffs raaand 'ere!

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SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
14 Jul 2011 10:55AM
Amazing how someone can do that. Great shot, really sharp an' all, despite the restrictions.
danh 6 61 36 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2011 12:09PM
Apologies but I don't understand why you'd publish a shot that you admit is pretty fatally flawed by the crop you've had to impose upon it. Secondly, you shot in 'Program' mode which suggests you need to learn how the eternal triangle of ISO, shutter-speed and aperture relate to each other and can make huges changes to how your photo looks. Your depth of field is too deep for these photos to have any great impact and in the second version, the cut-off of the horses' legs is a real detractor from the image, too.

Apologies for sounding harsh but it appears the limitations of your surroundings and settings have heavily undermined the images you were hoping to achieve.
davewaine 9 135 3 England
14 Jul 2011 12:50PM
Actually I do know the 'eternal triangle' and I don't restrict myself to Program mode by any means. I published the pictures because I like them.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
14 Jul 2011 3:12PM
Fair comment from danh,but reckon the pics are about Lorenzo anyway Dave.
Not often I see a guy riding ten horses,headless,legless,or whatever !!
Hey Dave.
Thank you for your lovely comment and kind words. Grin I love these photographs. Couldnt have been easy. But I love it. Grin

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