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Toveri had an interesting dressage test that day
Toveri had an interesting dressage test that day
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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Spiritwood
Date: Aug 14, 2011
Aperture: f.5?
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Feb 4, 2012

Taken during a dressage show this past August, at Spiritwood Farm in North Gower, Ontario.

I was sitting as still as possible anyway, camera on tripod, a good 20 ft away from the area designated to me by the show steward. The light was gorgeous so I wasn't using a flash. I could tell that this horse was a handful and was extra-careful to be still, but I could see him getting ready to blow, so it was more a question of when than if. It was as they were starting a canter circle that he finally lost it. It wasn't the first time, however, and yes the rider was unhurt, as was he. And no, I was not the cause of the rear; he reared, then heard the shutter going and rolled his eye at me. He is now going to start showing in the hunter ring.

I didn't post this image in the online photo album as I didn't want to embarrass the rider, but did post some shots I got before the meltdown. It was while she was picking up the prints that I mentioned getting shots of the rear. She saw this and ordered an 8x10, was happy to give permission when I asked if I could enter it in Best of 2011, and I'm sure she'll be thrilled with the final placing. I know I am :-)

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02/24/2012 08:58:13 PM
pretty wonderfully framed capture.
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02/24/2012 05:03:44 AM
Such a good shot of a bad moment. No wonder she ordered a print.
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02/24/2012 12:31:12 AM
Susan!!! OH WOW girl Congrats on a Wonderful Photo and placeing on a BEST OF SHOT!!!

As I said to Anita and Lydia and now you... ya'll hangin' with the Big Dogs Now!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 02:14:27 PM
Fanatastic capture of the moment - I bet the rider doesn't much like this photo!! Hope it wasn't you that spooked the horse.
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02/22/2012 06:24:16 AM
Superb timing and shutter speed to match! Pity the railing cut the horse's foot off but how can I penalise you for that?? Those jods are not going to be white in about 1/500 seconds time.
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02/21/2012 12:31:46 AM
Yes, been there, ouch doing the half pass out. Maybe the rosettes are too tight. Good landing though, but that's probably a small part of the story. Great in the moment shot.
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02/20/2012 03:43:04 PM
Good action shot and good timing.
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02/20/2012 02:01:46 PM
Look of terror all around. Great capture; clarity and color are great. (voted earlier)
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02/19/2012 10:54:45 PM
OUCH....makes me cringe. Hope all was OK....super action capture.
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02/19/2012 10:05:08 PM
Wow! What a capture of a very scary moment! Great whites, colors. stop action.
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02/19/2012 06:51:49 PM
How unfortunate.. great capture! 8
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02/18/2012 10:34:13 PM
For some reason the horse looks more puzzled than the rider! Great action shot
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02/18/2012 10:06:02 PM
great focus, good timing.
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02/18/2012 01:53:34 PM
Love the horses eye, NV
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02/17/2012 06:09:50 PM
Great action shot!
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02/17/2012 02:01:26 PM
What a moment...to capture it this well, you should be proud!
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02/16/2012 04:50:35 PM
Oh man, I can only imagine the horror in the rider's eyes.
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02/14/2012 12:22:25 AM
WOW, the look in the horse's eye makes the image
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02/13/2012 10:21:23 PM
Oh goodness!!!! What a moment!
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02/13/2012 08:27:29 PM
oh man LOOK AT HIS EYE!!! awesome shot!
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02/13/2012 07:01:03 PM
Great action shot. I hope no animals or people were injured in the shooting of this image. :)
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02/13/2012 06:33:01 PM
This had to be frightening while it was happening.
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02/13/2012 04:42:51 PM
i like it, you are showing an interesting side what is generally viewed as a very buttoned down event.
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02/12/2012 12:03:11 PM
I love how unresolved this is.
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02/11/2012 10:01:41 PM
Very well captured, focus and composition are great despite the clearly candid moment. Hope the rider was Ok, looks like it could have been a sore one, the poor horse looks scared to death. Excellent shot all round.
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02/11/2012 07:10:16 PM
Love the horses face. priceless and perfect capture.
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02/11/2012 01:49:05 AM
A local 4-H club asked me to take some pics for their achievement days last fall - it involved a few horses and riders. I understand the difficulty in this shot and appreciste your efforts. Great shot!
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02/10/2012 03:33:16 PM
Yikes! Good action capture. 9
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02/10/2012 03:25:16 PM
Wow. Scary moment.
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02/10/2012 06:09:21 AM
have you altered the horses eye? looks a very peculiar look on a horse almost comical hehe, good capture unless you were stood there with some flags and an air horn ;) lol
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02/10/2012 12:57:41 AM
,,,and here's me thinking dressage was a non-contact sport :) Great moment well captured.
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02/10/2012 12:20:23 AM
WOW not only is this a good picture but it's gret capture at the same time!!!! (ahh did you scare her with your flash???)
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02/10/2012 12:10:12 AM
great shot!
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