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~ Dressage ~

By starstriders
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.

170mm focal length

All comments/criticism/modifications welcome.

Tags: Horses Horse Competition General Festival Rider Ride Compete Riding Dressage Hartpury Stallion Pets and captive animals Sports and action

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Mikearty 12 9
8 Jul 2006 11:18PM
well shot, makes a great image! cheers mike.

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tenter 11 1 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2006 11:43PM
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.
sbphoto 14 19 Ireland
9 Jul 2006 1:40AM
Great clarity and colour with lovely composition and DOF.
Ruben 11
9 Jul 2006 2:42AM
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.
lynsfiona 14 5
9 Jul 2006 7:45AM
Wonderful shot - perfect composition and crop, (no pun intended - LOL) Lyns x
MDR_Photo 13 872 England
9 Jul 2006 9:40AM
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.
CaroleA 12 5 3 England
9 Jul 2006 11:55AM
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!
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
9 Jul 2006 11:50PM
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


PS just saw above aomments. I think the "slobber" is part of it - it adds to the feel of intensity of concentration
MDR_Photo 13 872 England
10 Jul 2006 7:35AM
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.
starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
10 Jul 2006 7:44AM
Thanks for all the valuable feedback. It's really interesting to hear all your opinions.
Hannahs_Pics 13 37 England
10 Jul 2006 11:34AM
I like the perspective of this shot!
haana 14 Estonia
10 Jul 2006 1:42PM
beautiful pic. excellent quality. a horse looks very cooperative. like the horse figures on the background.
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 5:59PM
Beautiful composition; elegant horse and rider clearly evident.
RipleyExile 15 1.6k 17 England
11 Jul 2006 9:55PM
Like this close crop concentrating on the horse, but leaving enough of the rider to show what's going on.
TeresaH 13 1.1k United Kingdom
18 Jul 2006 10:00PM
An amazing looking horse.

Like the way the background is gently blurred.
3 Sep 2006 4:36PM
Great shot, the cropping is perfect.
Katie_S 12
4 Sep 2006 11:52AM
brilliant shot, gorgeous horse!
well done!

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