One of the first lessons a fledgling equine photographer learns is to avoid using lenses that distort the horse’s image. You never want the horse’s beauty to be compromised through unflattering angles or a lens that emphasizes the wrong aspects of his conformation. You learn to stand in certain places, shoot at certain heights and only deviate from the norm to camouflage conformational faults or emphasize what’s truly exceptional.
I followed that mantra religiously for decades, rarely, if ever, straying from the written (and unwritten) rules that mandate all aspects of equine photography, including photographing over fences classes with at least a 150mm focal length (preferably 300 to 400mm). Over the past few years, though, I’ve experimented with wide-angle lenses and horses, and it’s been really fun! This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is the word “Distorted.” Even though Showffeur’s nose isn’t really his best feature, it certainly makes for an entertaining, although not quite proper, equine image.