It is an honor to get in touch with you..I have been photographed
by you in the Saddlebred circuit for nearly twenty years now!
Well, my husband and I own and operate our own Photo/Framing business
in Minnesota. I do several Stable Visits, after bouncing off ideas
with Avis Girdler, as well as my own experience- which really seems
My question is this; what exactly is a three quarter shot, of a
Quarter Horse? I under stand the need to come at an angle to a
horse, to capture a more complimentary side of some, but what is
And how do most "game" photographers capture a barrel horse? In
terms of the angles, and how close etc..
I know to use a fast film, blah, blah..I am also a Canon fan..but a
woman's horse I just photographed, she seemed disappointed in how I
captured her horse, saying that his hip should barely be seen?
Can you help?
Thank you for your nice comments. You are acquainted with the
American Saddlebred as is Avis, however you must understand that
each breed has its own conformational objectives.
Saddlebred horses are generally photographed from a position in
front of the horse, but the American Quarter Horse is DEFINATELY
not photographed in that manner. The Quarter Horse's forte is
the strength of his REAR. Therefor, they must be photographed
from behind an imaginary line drawn behind the cantle of the saddle,
also, below an imaginary line drawn at the level of his heart. The
average Quarter horse is less than 15 hands high and therefor the
position below his heart will make him appear taller and the position
behind the cantle will enhance his powerful rear.
A barrel horse should be caught as he rounds the #1 or #3 barrel,
has his legs crossed and should be mostly around the barrel and
showing his powerful hip.
The distance you are from the rider depends on the lens you are
using. Certainly far enough not to be a factor in the run.
Am happy to help in any way possible, if you have any additional
questions please let me know.