Photographing A Horse Wagon
Horse drawn carriages are beautiful to look at no matter how simple they are. Their beauty comes from reliving in our minds the times past that featured them instead of cars or any motorized vehicles.
This project should feature various horse drawn carries or vehicles. It is not worth it to just concentrate on the tourist types mostly found at some big cities and which are usually highly decorated.
You can still find very good samples at most small towns and provinces as they are an economical and time tested way of transportation for people and stock.
"A carriage is a wheeled vehicle for people, usually horse-drawn; litters (palanquins) and sedan chairs are excluded, since they are wheelless vehicles. The carriage is especially designed for private passenger use and for comfort or elegance, though some are also used to transport goods. It may be light, smart and fast or heavy, large and comfortable. Carriages normally have suspension using leaf springs, elliptical springs (in the 19th century) or leather strapping. A public passenger vehicle would not usually be called a carriage – terms for such include stagecoach, charabanc and omnibus. Working vehicles such as the (four-wheeled) wagon and (two-wheeled) cart share important parts of the history of the carriage, as does the fast (two-wheeled)" Wikipedia
Focus on the various elements that make up the carriage or wagon and on the horse or horses themselves. Although close ups shots should be part of the shoot, do focus on medium shots that include the horse and the wagon.
You do not need to capture images that show the subject in its entity if the horse and the wagon or carriage are tied together since most people are familiar with them and it is better to get some interesting details in the shoot than a full life size picture unless it is not possible or the full life shot offers a better portrayal of the subject than separable distinct details would.
Some of your photos should be of individual subjects such as only the horse and only the wagon. Wagons that have been exposed to the elements and look weathered with slight hints of paint and made from old wood make good samples and come out great in photos.
For these try to pair them against backgrounds that do not serve as a distraction but rather emphasize its old weathered looks.
For horses try to capture images with these beautiful animals wearing their harnesses as this ties them to the carriage or wagon in the mind of your photographs viewers.
You can also capture some shots that feature the silhouette of the horse and wagon against a clear night sky. These shots are very good pieces to include in a photo montage that includes several samples of these subjects.
Try to stay away from wagons or carriages that have modern equipment built onto them such as rubber tires or "bicycle" style wheels, modern headlights, antennas and so on.
Antique looking samples still exist but you may have to do a lot of researching to locate them. The more antique looking, weathered, and worn examples, the better they are so far as photography. Anything antique usually awakens the memory of a time in history when it was fashionable to make things by hand, with care and that lasted. Your photos should be another vehicle to portray this feeling to its audience.
Concentrate on the most original looking subjects that you can locate and do so with good technique and style. These are very common subjects and only very good images will be suitable to be submitted to photographic stock house and other publications.
- Carriage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some horsecarts found in Celtic graves show hints that their platforms were suspended elastically. Four wheeled wagons were used in prehistoric Europe, and their form known from excavations suggests that the basic construction techniques of wheel
- 18th Century English Carriages
Carriages as the main form of upper class transportation became prominent during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first. Though first only used for the very old, the ill, or women, it took a couple hundred years for the carriage to be an accepted for
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