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2nd attempt

By losbarbados    
Second trip to a polo event.
Trying again to capture the competition, it is a very quick sport, that will take a bit of getting used to I think

Tags: Uber polo Sports and action

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delboy1145 12 29 8 England
29 Nov 2010 9:37AM
Possilbly to much going on just looked like a snap shot. I understand its difficult to get that decive moment, but the pro's have and aray of lenses and experiance. another possible crop would be to lose top section to just below the poster and then clone out the rest of the fencing, as the poster pulls the eye from the action
Hopr this helps
CathR 13 151 564 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2010 12:03PM
I have never been to a polo match but I imagine it is very challenging as you say Andy as the horses are moving so quickly. I am sure that things will get easier with experience as you can anticipate what might happen.

This shot is more successful than you earlier photos with the riders all grouped together. The background is less intrusive but that Bunn sign does draw the eye a lot. I would have thought you could crop it out as you do not need the space at the top.

You have got the ball (it probably has a fancy name!) in the shot which is great and I can see a connection or a story between the two riders. The coats of the horses have come out well also. So you are working on the right lines. Just a matter of practice to get that decisive moment shot. Is it possible to get in closer, I wonder?

Best wishes

tigertot 17 36 England
29 Nov 2010 5:32PM
I've been involved in equestrian sports all my life and polo is a fast, furious game. Might sound obvious, but the best way to photograph it is to spend some time watching it - learn how the players react to situations, ie when they've just played a shot, the arm comes up and so does the head, best time to get a head on shot. Polo on grass does shoot better as the grass gives a colour balance but a great effort! Keep persevering, it gets easier
losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2010 7:13PM
Thank you very much for the commnts.
To deal with them one at a time,
Delboy, point taken about the poster, the reason I included the other horse was I thought it told the story of the competition, noting your mod it actually isn't that necessary, and the one horse does the job.
Focus Man point taken about the fence not being straight, not sure how I can get round the faces when they are chasing the ball, it's what they are looking at, it'll come with practice.

Catherine for the record, it's called a ball, I'm not sure how I can get closer in, it doesn't help being a winter sport with the sun low in the sky and a 6 foot fence around the arena, I'm sure I'll find a good spot eventually

tigertot Have been around sport for a while and most of it coms to you, I can safely say polo is the hardest sport I have photographed so far. I'm hoping to get along at least once a week to practic, maybe I'll be up to scratch for the summer grass polo season.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 1:59PM
The mod is the way it has to go. Almost all sport photography of note requires a main subject to be very distinct and clearly separated from other elements, particularly the background.


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