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Another attempt a bringing something new to equestrian photography.
Mercedes again working in with Ravytan Bay.
Taken while horse and rider were working in prior to a dressage test, the aspect is not quite right as the house and rider are moving away.
Technicals: manual exposure, F8.0, 1/30s, ISO400.
I'm trying to figure out if any of this image is in focus....
Probably not ! That might be down to shutter speed being a tad slow, A higher ISO with say 1/60s to 1/100s Then pan and follow through once your AF has locked, Then fire the shutter at preordained location Might have helped.
These type of shots are more about technique than subject matter......
This rider needs to sit up straight, Then keep her heels down a tad more, Its hard to say but in this shot, She looks a bit too tense....
Cameracat, Many thanks for the detailed consideration and response - it's what I like about EPZ.
I photograph a lot of dressage competitions - indeed I ride dressage myself.
When it comes to photography the dressage riding community are a very conservative bunch - if its not got all four feet off the ground, upright rider and ears forward then it's 'rubbish'. So photo's such as this are outside their normal photo comfort zone.
Anyone who says 'heels down a tad more' knows more about riding than the average punter - so with that in mind (and a quick glance at your portfolio suggests you are no slouch at photography):
'In focus' - The riders head, through saddle and numner(sic) to her boots are sharp
Shutter speed - in extended trot, any shutter speed faster than 1/30s 'ish gives insufficient background blur - canter or extended canter a different matter
Tense rider - this I completely agree with. I've photographed oodles of amature dressage riders and have have the pleasure of photographing top notch riders and Olympic champions - if there is one thing that stands out in the eyepiece, it's the way good riders look so relaxed which in turn relaxes the horses.
One of the challenges of this sort of shot is that the rider and the horse describle differnt arcs during trot and canter. So, the decision is horse in focus or rider. Almost impossible to get both sharp.
Willing to be shot down in flames.
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