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October 8, 2008

Llanybydder horse mart 2 – examining a fly

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 06:44



  1. My eye goes straight to the connection between the horse and the child—steady in the midst of all the distractions. Is the child holding a treat? That pony seems quite intent what with ears forward and all. With all the other characters facing in multiple directions, the feeling of the disorder and tension is palpable. Everyone focused on their own concerns and oblivious to one another. A lovely job of capturing the hustle and bustle of “backstage” at the horse show.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 10, 2008 @ 03:58

  2. Lots of lovely human emotions wrapped up in this one. You’ve got the timing perfectly and in that regard it reminds me of a seafront group that you showed some time ago. Nothing about this is anything but spot on.

    Comment by Colin — October 10, 2008 @ 04:42

  3. Thanks Anita and Colin.

    Anita – she is holding a fly (the title is right!!). The photo I took seconds before this showed the fly on her face, presumably rather dozy in the cool late summer weather.

    Comment by John Ellis — October 10, 2008 @ 11:36

  4. I wondered if you’d posted this for me John! :-)

    A beatifully captured human moment. I like the contrast of the intent study of the fly by the little girl and the four men looking to our right. What is happening to the right that is less interesting than a fly for that little girl?

    Comment by Rex — October 10, 2008 @ 23:02

  5. John – Well, duh. Boy do I feel stupid. I had better pay more attention to titles, so I don’t embarrass myself again. I suppose the only saving grace is that this shows how excited I got about the photo. I jumped right past the title.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 11, 2008 @ 00:25

  6. Brilliant — I’m often amazed by your ability to capture this type of moment so perfectly. “Spot on” is right.

    I’m curious — do you use the Fuji or some other camera? You seem to be invisible.

    Comment by Christina — October 11, 2008 @ 03:17

  7. Anita – my fault for a title that is too long!

    Christina – I have just given the Fuji to my impecunious son as I found that, having switched to the E-330, it is performing well enough (if not as good as I would like) not to have to use the Fuji. Having bored Colin and Rex with the information, my bid for ‘invisibility’ hinges round two very small Zuiko primes: this photo is with the equivalent of 42mm and the other, very recent one, is a pancake 50mm equivalent. Half the removal of one’s presence, I find, comes from the psychological aspect of thinking that you are not being noticed. But there is no doubt that a smaller camera attracts less attention.

    Comment by John Ellis — October 11, 2008 @ 06:52

  8. Everthing in this (including the pony) is looking out of shot. Even the arrow enforces the issue. Yet something of great importance is holding the interest of the young jockey and so keeps the viewer both engaged and entertained. There’s also a rather strong curve at work here to guide you through but not out of the shot. Excellent.

    Comment by akikana — October 13, 2008 @ 00:17

  9. Really excellent work here. The timing and the geometry of all those eyelines remind me of HCB.

    Comment by matt — October 13, 2008 @ 12:34

  10. for me this was more Winogrand Stock Photos but with less tilt and no flash.

    I say that not so much because of the horse or surroundings but because of the many variations on face views, I think that is a Winogrand thing.

    Also interested in your quest for invisibility, I find my attitude is the biggest attraction, camera size is less important, unless you are shooting something ridiculously big.

    This one deserves to hang up on a wall.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — October 14, 2008 @ 03:17

  11. Robert – there were plenty of interesting faces on show. The overwhelming impression I came away with was that the people there were either old men or young girls and yet when I looked at photos there was a range in-between, albeit not as critical a mass. To be honest, this “quest” has only been going for two years and I absorb everything I read and try it out. Attitude is important and no camera goes unnoticed in a place like London and one can see people’s attitude change as soon as they sense that the photographer is not clicking his/her partner against Big Ben etc.. In Llanybydder, the horse mart is held on the last Thursday of every month and has been for decades, without me ever getting to see it (never wanted a horse!). We are talking a large village with about half-a-dozen shops including, tellingly, a Polish food shop because Poles work in the local abattoir. It is decades and a whole culture away from life in a big city (it is life in the country) and many people are not even going to hoist in that a camera is on show let alone worry about it; but not all! Back to invisibility and my biggest problem is my size and appearance!

    Comment by John Ellis — October 14, 2008 @ 06:52

  12. I’m glad that everyone liked this one – thanks for comments. I was going to post a few more from the day but am not so sure that there is anything that can match this. I’ll give it some consideration.

    Comment by John Ellis — October 15, 2008 @ 10:56

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