Upload & Sell: Off
I had the opportunity to freelance and sell my photos at the "local" arena for this visually exciting event. It was my first time shooting or even being at a Cutting Horse competition, but the riders and promoters were thrilled to see me there.
Cutting Horses are put through competition to cut a cow away from a heard without input on the reigns from the rider, this is why you see them holding the horn and pad while the horse does all the work. You will see a rider with a blank look on their face because it is to appear that the horse and all that it does is to be expected... with lots of behind the scenes training. The winning horses and riders can be rewarded handsomely in the cowboy world with bragging rights and bloodline breeding for major amounts of money apparently.
As a photographer I know what looks visually pleasing, but the riders chose their photos for more than just what looked to me an impressive action shot. They look for visual signs on the horses head, the way a horse is stopping and turning, and most importantly if the horse is managing or engaging the cow appropriately. It took me a lot of time figuring out what they like to see in a photo, and some riders want to see more of something than another lol... confusing!
I had to shoot around 1600-2000 ISO to get the SS up between 200&500 and it was heavily back-lit in the arena.
Please don't mind the obnoxious logo watermark... the galley is set to do that because these photos are still being sold See the whole gallery here: http://kmpics.smugmug.com/Sports/Rabun-Arena-Cutting-Horse/22704460_BZxtCR#!i=1819666337&k=vbMdtCT ...like 389 pictures of it...