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    Default Fabulous candid photo's - luck or planning?

    Since Hocus Focus has been so great to help us on the conformation photo's section, I'd love to hear if and how one can get some fabulous candid photo's!

    Probably the one that sticks in my mind the most as one of my favorite photo's is one of the lovely stallion - Pacific Star - taken in the snow last year. He is veering away from the camera and the snow is spraying up all around him ... (and for those of you in the south, snow is something that us Northerners get up here during the winter months! )

    I have 2 candid pictures that I just love. This one was of my 4 or 5 day old colt and I was just simply waiting and snapping pictures whenever I could over the course of an hour or so, and then he went down for a snooze and I was able to capture the perfect picture of him. He looks like a plush stuffed toy and I had never seen a foal curl up like this before and havent seen another one since ...

    http://www.angelfire.com/on3/TrueCol...ays-sleep2.jpg

    and this one - taken of my stallion by Bob Langrish when he was in town - I adore. It makes him look like a mythical Greek statue ... plus he stayed clean for longer than 2 minutes which was a record for him!

    http://www.angelfire.com/on3/TrueCol...GG-Jul07-8.jpg

    Now - with the photo that Bob took - he had a fabulous camera and the motor drive on it and 3 of us in the field positioning and "herding" the horses for a perfect picture plus he knew what he was doing

    Is that required for ANY perfect candid photo or can you get away with doing it yourself with some luck and time on your side?



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    Default re:

    you can get good pictures yourself but you might have to take quite a few and be ready to grab your camera and go outside if an opportunity presents itself. I don't think it is very candid if it is set up, but it would help if you had a gazillion dollar camera



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    Oh my gosh, those are great! Love the one of your stallion, and that baby picture is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!!

    Here's my favorite. Not taken by me, but by the very talented amatuer photographer (and friend), Alison Ruhe. Photo is of my husband and pony, waiting on the back rail for their turn in front of the judge.
    http://www.welshponies.com/mardibrook06garyrestsm.jpg

    Nobody even realized Alison had been there with her camera, until she mailed me a CD of photos!

    I think part of it is having a natural "eye" for what makes a shot, as well as the lighting and subjects all coming together.....
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    rideagoldenpony - what a fabulous shot! And all the better because no one knew the picture was being taken ...

    I hope the people with the coloured stallion - Cando Colour - see this thread. They have a fabulous shot of their boy as well giving a kiss to a little girl through the fence that is a beautiful, candid photo ...



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    When I opened this thread both DH and I said at the same time "Oh, he loves his pony" when the picture with the palamino pony came up. That pony is beautiful and adorable. How many hours did you work on that tail?....

    Below is a picture of my gelding when he was a baby, with his late mother's pasturemate. The second is a picture of my pony as a yearling -- she looks so restful. The third is a picture of my gelding when he was 3 months old -- I didn't even realize I'd gotten a shot of him bucking until I got the film developed!
    Last edited by grayarabpony; Aug. 20, 2010 at 12:57 PM.



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    I think it is all about patience and a certain amount of luck when taking candids, 2 things I lack when it comes to a camera. These are wonderful, wonderful shots, I LOVE the one of the foal all curled up, that is just too precious,the stallion picture is just lovely. The one of the palomino-- what a great classic horse show picture! I also love the bucking shot,
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    Fantastic pictures you guys!

    I think these are the results of luck AND planning. Planning by having the camera at the instant ready, and luck with the composition.

    here are a couple of mine:
    http://www.equestriangardener.homest...jbsideturn.jpg
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/4...0AZtmzRs2ct2Kg
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/4...0AZtmzRs2ct2Kg
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/4...0AZtmzRs2ct2Kg
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    For me personally, the candid is a moment, an expression, something endearing, anything really that captures your heart or imagination for whatever reason. There are no written rules for me. At a horse show, the surroundings can be a smorgasborg of candids and it is a lot of fun to sit and document that quietly apart from the regular coverage.

    Here is a pet candid...
    http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e...4072AEmail.jpg

    Demonstrating the "forward seat"
    http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e...3012aEmail.jpg

    What is cuter than a Jack Russel puppy?
    http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e.../_rch2928a.jpg

    At the horse show... a captivating miss...
    http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e.../_rch2941a.jpg

    Three's Company... pasture buddies, no photoshop tricks, it happened.
    http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e...s/RPB_7044.jpg

    His name is Ima Sugar Fritz and he is 24 years young (American Quarter Horse Stallion) and he can still do aerial maneuvers such as this pivot on one foot...
    http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e.../_OR70582A.jpg


    Hey JB... you are a pretty good photographer. Nice shots.
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    http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/4...0AZtmzRs2ct2Kg

    JB what an outstanding photo with the light just right!
    Those Pacific Star pictures are undoubtedly worthy of a whole line of Equestrian Christmas cards, they are so beautiful!

    http://www.synergysporthorses.net/Co...alkWebHigh.jpg

    Taken with a little automatic camera by myself, sort of a fluke, this one just turned out to be one of my favourite pictures.

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    Luck and/or planning.

    My absolute favorite candid ever was taken by my late grandmother Marie, c. 1980.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ling/IMG-1.jpg


    And her caption on the back is really sweet.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...g/IMG_0001.jpg

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    ETA: Here are a couple of mine:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...g/DSC_5819.jpg Pasture play.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...g/DSC_8885.jpg Blooper from a portrait session.
    Last edited by Sithly; Jan. 11, 2008 at 11:42 PM. Reason: adding pictures



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    Ok, some candids from Stall Europa!

    Enjoy!
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    Martha..... Picture with human and foal sleeping is lovely.



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    slithly - I *LOVE* your blooper photo! That one is priceless and speaks volumes!

    And Reg - love the Forward Seat one (how DID she keep an almost perfect position in that one!) and the Pasture Mates - all lined up in a row ...

    What neat shots - so many are calendar worthy ...



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    Superfantastic pictures everyone! I love them all! I bet advertisers haven't figured out that ictures of foals would move products--otherwise they'd have horses in every commercial on TV.

    One of my favorite candids was taken while I was deployed. It's a picture of my wife introducing a young girl to our schoolie, Buck. Sadly, within a week of my return from that deployment Buck suffered two major strokes and passed. Here's the picture though: http://www.glenbaer.com/NaomiBuck.jpg

    Our little Welsh pony doing a dance: http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...37643140RDqbHk

    Wouldn't it be great to see a horse galloping through this field? Alas, it was empty at the time of the photo: http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...37643140tIFKtq

    Hunter used to pick Shiloh up like a pup and carry him around. She wanted to be a mom! http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...37643140mHnsFY

    I still cannot find my favorite photos. Legacy (our stallion), Hunter, and baby Shiloh together investigating one another.


    Anyway, I love everyone's photos!
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    Here are some of my favs...
    Photo 1 is of Nico and Pure White Gold when he was a new born.
    Photo 2 and 3 were taken by Barbara Livingston
    Photo 4 is Fred and Magical Gold Dust Christmast 2005 in the Living room! LOL!
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    I was taking Christmas dress up photos of my daughter, and she ran to give Mac a kiss.

    its about halfway down this page...
    http://www.kegansporthorses.com/Stallion.html
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    More photos that I love.
    Photo 1, 2, and 3 are of Fred and Annie's Gold Charm at Upperville in 2007...love those photos. Annie is now owned by Glenhill Farm in CA aka genevieve17 here.
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    gillenwaterfarm that is a precious photo!!! All dressed up and out in a field with a horse!!!
    Zillionair Cremello JC Thoroughbred & Pure White Gold All White Palomino Dual Thoroughbred & APHA
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