Roger’s nice photos from the Gold Cup reminded me that shooting photos of horses can be quite rewarding. Especially here in VA horse country, there are lots of opportunities to just stop by the side of the road and see pastures full of them, doing what they do best. Several members of our Fauquier Viewfinders Camera Club own horses and delight in showing endless photos of them. Unfortunately, many pictures are of the horse just standing around. To really engage your viewer, you need to show a bit of the personality of the animal in your picture. Horses are curious, if you are quiet and non-threatening; they will come over to examine you.
Catching them in motion, especially trained horses can be even more interesting. When you can get a fog machine as well…well, that is a horse of a different color. Oh wait, that is material for another blog.