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From the Archive: Polo pony gives the evil eye

March 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Every Sunday up on the Northshore of Boston in the small town of Hamilton the rich come out to play at the Myopia Hunt Club and anyone can pay to watch. Early in my career I was hired to shoot polo for the Salem Evening News and came to like the quick action with the horses and riders.

polo-1Canon F1 w/ Canon 300 f4

 I'm a little disappointed in myself for not shooting from a lower angle but the image turned out great despite this issue. I think what has always intrigued me about this image is the look in the horses eye as he is twisted around by the rider trying to hit the ball. The other thing is the definition of the muscles in the horses neck and the riders arm as he swings the mallet. For many years I included this in my sports portfolio. Peak action in sports is key and this has it in spades. The rider is off the saddle and looks like he is falling off, the horse is looking into the frame wondering if he is going over too. And even though the player has not hit the ball yet the action is right there.

 

If you ever get a chance to shoot polo, do it. The results will amaze you. Oh and don't forget to shoot the crowd too they are a pretty interesting bunch.


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