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p.1 #1 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Still trying to get the hang of Equestrian photography. Today I went with my girlfriend to the Garden State Preview Show in Sussex County, NJ and brought along my 7D. She brought her horse to show and did great placing 3rd.

When we arrived the sky was filled with plenty of sun but as the day went on the clouds rolled in and were going in and out the rest of the day which made things a bit more difficult.

Here are a few, let me know what you think!

Enjoy,
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Apr 29, 2012 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #2 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


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Apr 29, 2012 at 02:02 AM
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p.1 #3 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Bob: It's almost impossible for me to look past the horrible backgrounds in these images. I don't know if there is anything you could have done about your positioning (move left, move right, get high, dig a hole and shoot from below ground level) to reduce the trailers/sheds/porta potties/trucks, but that's what it would take to improve upon these photos. At the very least, I'd go vertical with #2, going as tight as you can while still leaving breathing room on the left of the image.


Apr 29, 2012 at 03:21 AM
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p.1 #4 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Russ Isabella wrote:
Bob: It's almost impossible for me to look past the horrible backgrounds in these images. I don't know if there is anything you could have done about your positioning (move left, move right, get high, dig a hole and shoot from below ground level) to reduce the trailers/sheds/porta potties/trucks, but that's what it would take to improve upon these photos. At the very least, I'd go vertical with #2, going as tight as you can while still leaving breathing room on the left of the image.


Thanks for the feedback! I agree the backgrounds are really unattractive! This was a Preview show for the main show that starts Monday. Most of the vehicles will be moved by then and fake trees set up around the outside of the course. They also had one 1 set of stands set up so far (normally the make it like an arena). So when I go back next Saturday I will be shooting from a much different environment.

I still need to take what you said into play when finding a place to shoot and take into account the background.

Thanks again.

Bob



Apr 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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p.1 #5 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


couldn't agree more on the background, sounds like the real thing should be a little easier on you! We going to see some playoff bball here shortly russ??


Apr 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM
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p.1 #6 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Backround is very important. You might be able improve it a little if you shorten focal length or in post. Riders have little interest in "ground" shots. Unless they are going all out with feet off the ground.
Best position is to be on the "inside" of a jump so the rider is looking in your direction towards the next one.
Also double rails are best because you get more "hang" time.
When shooting candids. ALWAYS get the ears up. That is the shot they buy.
Overall a good effort.



May 03, 2012 at 02:52 PM
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p.1 #7 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Yup.


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p.1 #8 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


markedman wrote:
Backround is very important. You might be able improve it a little if you shorten focal length or in post. Riders have little interest in "ground" shots. Unless they are going all out with feet off the ground.
Best position is to be on the "inside" of a jump so the rider is looking in your direction towards the next one.
Also double rails are best because you get more "hang" time.
When shooting candids. ALWAYS get the ears up. That is the shot they buy.
Overall a good effort.


Thanks for the tips! I am heading the to show bright and early tomorrow morning and will be there all weekend. I will be sure to post up some more shots after I return, hopefully with improved captures!



May 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
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p.1 #9 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Horse events and dog events. There seems to be an endless supply of 'stuff' in the background. Shallow depth of field is likely the best control you will get.

Good pointers from marked man.



Nov 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #10 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Seeing this site's backgrounds, I remember how fortunate I am to shoot down here in Wellington, Fla., home of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

I would shoot more wide open to eliminate more background. On Nos. 2, 5, and 6, I would go for more of a 45-degree angle.

Also, practice to get your jump timing correct. Most riders prefer horizontal images unless they're in a grand prix or jumpers class and shot head on or near head on.



Nov 02, 2012 at 06:02 AM
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p.1 #11 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


BobMarkey wrote:
Also, practice to get your jump timing correct. Most riders prefer horizontal images unless they're in a grand prix or jumpers class and shot head on or near head on.



I'm not sure I understand what you mean here. The horse being horizontal? More like #3 and #6? The camera in landscape position, as opposed to portrait? When I look at his photos, and read this statement, I'm just not getting it. I'm going to have to see if I can find some Hunter Jumper Rags and take a look at what they are shooting these days. I'm more on the cowboy side, and the wife is Dressage. Go figure.


Thanks Bob,

Dennis



Nov 02, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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p.1 #12 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


I sell horizontal and vertical shots. All in the eye of the buyer.
Generally you will have many chances to get the shot. So I try and mix it up with different perspective. That way you may get more sales due to the different look.
Also try and interact with the rider or trainer after they get ribbons.The "ribbon shot" is a big seller and allows more control. Try and get friends and family in a few shots. This will add to sales big time.
Western riders generally do not buy many photos. Not worth the time in my opinion.
However there is opportunity in Dressage if you can master the movement shots. A LOT HARDER !! But it will give you an advantage over the other horsey photographers.



Nov 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


Yes, landscape orientation. I know vertical shots sell as well, but many riders prefer the standard, 45-degree angle shot in horizontal format. I prefer vertical images, myself.


Nov 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
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p.1 #14 · Equestrian Show - Garden State Horse Show


You can't go wrong with the standard shot. But I prefer whatever they buy.
But this has been my experience in 11+ years of shooting equestrian events .
As always "your mileage may vary".



Nov 08, 2012 at 08:21 PM





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