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Hi, please could someone tell me what am doing wrong and what to do the next time. I want the legs in focus as well as a sharper image. Pleaseeeeeee help an old woman.

This was taken on a sunny day

1/200
F8
iso 100

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A200
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 May 2011 - 12:57 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Schooling
Username:SPARROWHALL SPARROWHALL
Uploaded:19 May 2011 - 9:44 PM
Tags:Portraits / people, Sports / action
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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 9:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello Tracey personally I would up the ISO to 400 and try to get the shutter speed up to 500+ the legs are not out of focus but blurred by movement, Hope this helps

Brian..................................................

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 1:59 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Bri's right, not a lot you're doing wrong....you just need a faster shutter speed if you want to get the whole horse frozen in time. The crucial thing re focus is that at the very least the eyes need to be sharp, and no problem there.

To get up to 1/500 second you can either open the aperture but it's quite wide open already at F5 - the focus gets more critical if you open it any wider. So the ISO is your other option. It's rarely you need to use 100 ISO on a bright day, and most modern cameras can cope with much higher ISO's in bright conditions, so yes as Bri says up it to 400 or more.

I do a fair bit of this kind of stuff, and do find, as is the case here, that 1/200 will only just freeze most of a side-on trotting horse, but you do need the 1/500 to freeze everything especially the feet.

Having said the above technicalities, just a few more points...there's something to be said for leaving just the hooves with a bit of motion blur, gives a sense of motion, as long as it's well controlled...

And on a good point, you've done really well here to get a good uncluttered background, they can be hard to find in situations like this.

Final horsey point...if my wife was here I'd ask her about the position of the legs and hooves, she can get really worked up about that..if your camera has a burst mode (several shots in quick succession), it can be good to use this, and choose the shot that has the legs/hooves in the most aesthetic arrangement (for instance here with the rear hooves very slightly separated)

Nice work, would love to see more...


Stephen (a horse widow photographer Smile )

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davetac e2 Member 526 forum postsdavetac vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 3:17 PM

I agree with both comments. An ISO of 400 or more would indeed bring the shutter speed up to a point where the leg movement would'nt be a problem. For sure you need some room in front of this splendid horse to allow it to move into frame. Just one more small niggle if I may. The rider's eyes are shaded and it might help next time if she looks up so that the sun will light her face more.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 3:28 PM

Hello, Tracey. Some good advice above. I think this looks good, the rider seems relaxed and the horse has lovely rich colouring. I applaud you for shooting with a good background that has no distractions. I have done a modification where I added canvas to the right side, the area into which horse and rider are moving, so that you can see how this composition works. I felt your image was a bit dark and that part of the horse was in shadow, so adjusted highlights/shadows, brightened and adjusted contrast.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 9:07 PM

The 400 ISO advice is good, but you are not really unsharp at all as i see it. A couple of ideas as I have, on a number of occasions, done shots for a local riding school.

The lighting is coming from the right - better to reposition to get more balanced side lighting if in sun. Then you need to look at the background from the new position, and in general.

Do you have to shoot in the menage? The place I go to has a field with fallen logs as low jumps and a wooded background on three sides - thus a pleasant even toned green background without distractions.

Paul

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SPARROWHALL
22 May 2011 - 9:23 PM

Hi, Thank you all very very much. I went out and did as you all said and came back with a shot am very pleased with. I posted it for guys to show you I did as you said. Hope you all like it and thank you all again very much Smile

Tracey

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