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 ...
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!
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?
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
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 ...
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 01:57 PM.
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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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.
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
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!
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.
Photo 4 and 5 are of the 2006 foal crop.