|Quoting sunandan (Reply 4):|
Paul, do the horses get a prize for their involvement in this special picture?
Not much I have to offer I am afraid - but I can give them a 'plug':
These two seemed particularly affectionate
This was taken last Sunday, when I nipped down briefly to take another photo of the A380 arriving. Very luckily it did so in a bit of sunshine, and these two horses kindly remained in the shot. If only they had been like this at the time! With screener support that photo will hopefully be added sometime.
As I said above, although these horses are sometimes to be found around these fields, which I think belong to the adjacent stables (sometimes right up to the fence in danger of putting their nostrils down your lens!), getting the elements together has proved very elusive. For me you need a few factors coming together:
* A 'heavy' touching down or departing - for me the motive is about the juxtaposition of the 'heavy metal' and 'nature' and also their apparent carefree attitude to all the activity behind, oblivious to all around them. I don't think it would work so well with a smaller aircraft.
* Framing - the horse/s need to be far away enough, plus you need to be able to frame the photo so that it can be cropped within the limits of A.net rules and still work.
* Aircraft + horses - even if the animals are posing nicely in the right area, the aircraft has to play ball. e.g. in the Virgin example I needed that slightly longer take off run, so that it was low enough to pass by the horses so that the framing worked. Often that would not be the case.
* Light - well my Manchester friends will acknowledge that those almost ever-present Mancunian clouds all to regularly ruin a shot just at the wrong time for us.