It s the year 4712 that begins today January 31, as it is the year of the horse, I chose a scene of a polo playing one
In the polo’s world, argentine horses are considerad very good if not the best
So my homage to both, the new year that begins and the great argentine polo horses
About the photo, taken just in the moment when the player is going to hit the ball (bocha) with a kind of stick ( called taco)
Origins: It appears to lie in Persia, where the game has been played for at least two thousand years, as artwork and contemporary writings indicate
Polo spread slowly across Asia where it was played by kings, courtiers and warriors as a way to kept them and their horses fit and ready for battle
The word polo is originated in Pakistan, where it means "ball" in Balti, a language native to that region
There are two teams of four players each and two referees, also on horseback
Each player has a long, flexible stick (taco in Spanish)which is used to hit a ball ( made of wooden)with the intent of driven it through the opposing team's goal.
Polo is played in periods called chukkers, each one, last seven minutes, in between there is three minutes to rest and make changes
Horses are replaced at each chukker, sometimes more than one is changed
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aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-31 9:53
A nice action shot on 1st day of Chinese calendar. A lucid note on the game and its history. Wonderful colors and the players caught in very good positions in the frame.
Excellent shot. Tfs.
Noel_Byrne (31452) 2014-01-31 10:31
Happy Chinese New year to you too! There is a festival in Dublin tomorrow, I hope I may get some shots. Though there is also a storm due, so who knows!
Very nice way to post and celebrate this occasion, a clever connection. You have a beautiful sense of motion in the horse and player, and the stance of the horse shows off its magnificence really well. Such beautiful animals.
All the best
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-31 10:52
Like the power, motion and dynamism captured in this photo. Superb detailing on the horse, looks like a fine animal powerful and strong. The slight motion blur adds to the mood and theme of the photo. Thanks for the attractive photo and an informative note about the game.
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-31 16:19
Olé! Oh, wait...that's not the right sport, is it? :)
Great association Maria, both for the New Year and the pride of Argentinian horses, this is a perfect picture to represent both! Reading your note makes me hungry...I mean, I understand the stick...but you call it a 'taco' around here and that's exactly what you get, Mexican food!! :)
A bright, lively and sporty shot...this turned out really well. Generally difficult to capture action like this with such focus, and also enough blur of motion. You've managed to take the right balance which gives this imagery an energetic mood. Strong, natural colors also. Hey, is that a zebra riding a horse there in the background? jaja
Tener un fin de semana fantástico mi pareja Sur,
mohammad_H (9920) 2014-01-31 23:08
Indeed, polo Iran is the birthplace of the sport
And of course you're traveling, in Iranian culture, to further investigate
Beautiful view of the game, polo
with clarity and good light
Look good in a sports frame
Have a nice evening
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-01 7:30
Great action shot of this polo game! I've never watch this game in person but I used to ride horses and participated in jumping competition. Good lighting and nice details. WEll done, tfs.
danos (98535) 2014-02-01 9:02
nice the snapshot with the horse as the dedication to the new Chinese year.I like the placement of the man and the horse in the frame as the excellent light and colour management of the image.
Silvio1953 (144462) 2014-02-01 11:01
Ciao Maria, great action shoot, excellent dynamism, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (54607) 2014-02-01 19:58
Gong Xi Fa Cai - Year of the Horse, a nice symbolic shot. Great polo action! excellent clarity, timing and highly dynamic also a good sharp background detail but the emphasis is on the galloping down horse with good movement on the waving mallet almost hitting the target! A cracking very well caught action, Congrats
ikeharel (72211) 2014-02-02 1:55
Well collected the motion of the horse and rider, Maria.
Posted off-center picture, allow good view over the green lan of the stadium, and the green grove behind.
DOF and clarity superbly applied.
Didi (60588) 2014-02-02 15:43
Un bon instant décisif, la scène est bien captée.
Je ne vais pas exagérer en disant que la queue du cheval est coupée :) Le jour où tu as pris cette photo on ne se connaissait pas encore
Merci pour le nouvel an Chinois
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-02-02 21:25
Nice action shot.nicely captured.TFS.
Oceania (5202) 2014-02-03 6:21
You know Chinese culture pretty well. Yes, this is the year of the horse. This is my favorite among the Chinese zodiac animals. Thanks for sharing your very nice picture.
Cricri (120143) 2014-02-03 10:25
Un bel hommage a cette année du cheval, très bel animal, gracieux, élégant dans n'importe quelle situation..
Une capture prise sur le vif, bien cadrer et capturer au bon moment, bonne note information
Ah Didi il ne rate pas l'occasion de faire des remarques :-))
Miguel82 (27646) 2014-02-04 7:07
Powerful horse Maria during a polo match, good to signal Chinese new year, excellent photo comment about both polo and the event, excellent hues, neat picture, thanks, greetings
mesutilgim (95390) 2014-02-04 14:03
Nice capture with perfect pov and timing.
A perfect TE entry with many interesting and teachfull notes.
TFS and best regards
adramad (46030) 2014-02-05 9:25
Una imagen muy apropiada, para celebrar el Nuevo Año "Año del Caballo". Muy bonita escena captando a caballo y jinete en el primer plano, justo cuando va a dar a la bola, dando un gran sentido de acción.
Un dia soleado, que da una preciosa gama de color en tonos naturales.
Como es habitual, una gran nitidez y luminosidad.
Que tengas un buen dia.
Todo lo mejor.
jemaflor (98091) 2014-02-06 3:58
une bonne prise avec un effet de mouvement intéressant pour ce joueur, belle luminosité pour les couleurs.
ChrisJ (114735) 2014-02-23 17:30
Hello Maria ,
Good action shot of the horseback polo player and the framing is perfect leaving plenty of room at right for the horse to move into. Nice motion blur that gives dynamics to the shot. Beautiful color with superb warm cold contrasts. Tfs!
jmdias (64994) 2014-07-01 2:42
me gusta el senso de movilidadad que tenemos acá en la composicion. bonitos detalles del deporte de alta clase.
PS: acá tenemos un dia frio con 2 grados negativos en la ciudad mas fria.
- Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) (17066)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-04
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Horses around the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-31 8:54