Riding Competition, Preetz, Germany, 1958

1958 – Inga Schweim (16) participates in a horse riding competition in Preetz, Germany. Photo © Herbert Wiessner, Kiel


The story behind the image

My mother used to be a horse riding fan. This started in her youth, at the age of 7, and continued until the early 1960s.

This photo by sports photographer Herbert Wiessner shows her during a horse riding competition in Preetz, Germany, which is located south-west of Kiel.

This is an amazing shot when considering that it is from 1958. Just think of it: the photographer had to use film – digital photography was still a science fiction back then! He simply had to nail the perfect moment, otherwise he’d have no photo. And he had just one chance, because he could not shoot in burst mode (10 exposures per second, or more) like we do today. No autofocus. OK, most certainly he was using a tripod and a remote release, but even this setup required a very good sense of the right moment approaching.

It’s also nice to see the simplicity of this (admittedly local) event. It clearyly did not need much to do the competition.


The high resolution image

Capture Date1958
LocationPreetz, Germany
Image Source8 x 13 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6204 x 3811 Pixels
CopyrightPhoto © by Herbert Wiessner, Kiel
Scan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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