A Face in the Crowd


I love photographing horse events. Especially really good horsemanship, and/or action. Most riders like having their photos taken, especially if you offer them a copy. In many cases however, it’s impossible to ask before taking the photo. When doable I try to figure out who the rider is, sending them a digital copy of the best (1-2 pictures) I have of them, while asking them for permission to publish the photo. Often, not even that is doable. If the photo is very flattering for the rider, I sometimes go ahead and post it anyways. Other times I try a more artsy approach, like with this black and white photo. I don’t know who this rider is, I snapped the photo at a rodeo a few years back. I hardly think that the rider would be offended if she saw this photo, her face facing the other direction. I’d like to believe that this is a happy and exciting moment for her. With the rodeo season fast approaching I’ve been given this some thoughts. How would you handle this situation? What would you do?

I hope your week is awesome! Looking forward to see the other entries in this week’ photo challenge; A Face in the Crowd.



Ms Zen

17 Comments on “A Face in the Crowd

  1. Nice action shot, Maria. You ask a good question. Generally, I would think that at a public event such as this, a rider would expect photos of them will be taken and potentially published. I think the only area where objections can occur is with minors, where parental permission is advised.

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  2. I love the action shot and at an event like this the riders are probably happy to be photographed. I can imagine some would enjoy seeing a memento like this. I sometimes have other hikers or walkers on the beach in shot and crop them out to respect their privacy. I have made an exception for this photo challenge, as the woman in the image is not easily recognisable and it fits with the story.

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    • Thank you! I hope, and think you are right 🙂 I try to be mindful of what I’m posting. I’m pretty conservative myself, so if I think that I would be cool with it, the likelihood that someone else would is great. I would not have a problem with someone taking a photo of me at a horse event, or any kind of public event. I would have a big problem if someone posted a bikini shot of me on a beach on a social media site..or a photo with a location of my daughter. Your photos are always tasteful.

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    • Thank you Michael! I appreciate your input. It’s always a treat to see your photos. The desert, and the mountains are my favorite places to be.


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  4. Agree with the other comments. If taken at a public event or location, not a problem at all. Most would probably be thrilled to have such a complimentary pic of them posted. Nicely done! 😊


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