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Kitley hassle and Misstree dancer competing for the maiden race

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This image was taken in shutter priority mode, panning from left to right at a speed of 1/80 giving an aperature of F7.1. The AF was set to the central AF point, and to single shot. I panned, tracking with the AF locked on the saddle cloth of the nearest horse and took the image as the horse passed directly in front of me. ISO was set to 100 with metering in evaluative mode, and no exposure compensation was set. A monopod was used to stablize the camera. No changes other than resizing have been made in post production.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm APO
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Kitley hassle and Misstree dancer competing for the maiden race
Username:LensYews LensYews
Uploaded:1 May 2009 - 9:34 PM
Tags:Sports / action
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born2bongo
born2bongo e2 Member 529 forum postsborn2bongo vcard England
1 May 2009 - 9:41 PM

Fabulous shot - lots of movement - and thanks for the in-depth technical details

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pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1592 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2009 - 11:55 AM

I can only congratulate you on an excellent shot, Stephen. You are obviously determined to master this technique and, if this is to be your chosen field of photography, you are certainly on the right track (no pun intended). Your focal point has allowed detail just where it needs to be and your motion-blurring is perfect, giving a wonderful sense of speed. I love all those legs blending together in their movement, and the muscular detail on the body. I also like the slight diagonal of the track, which adds interest. It's a pity the horse behind has its head just coming into the frame and covering part of the other horse's tail. A crop to the right would be one option, or cloning it out and replacing it with extra tail, but I know you prefer to get everything right in-camera. You have left ample space in front of the horses for them to "move into", but I am wondering if the horse and riders are still a little too central. You could set your focus and then recompose slightly before shooting. For this shot, it would mean having more background, so I'd be loathe to suggest it here because I like the image, but it's something you might like to consider in future.
I've done a quick modification which took about half a minute, where I cloned out the other horse's head.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 3 May 2009 - 12:02 PM

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nmurray
nmurray  7 Australia
16 May 2009 - 1:31 AM

Very good slow shutter speed pan Stephen. Nice mix of sharpness in the subjects and streaky blur in the legs and background to give that sense of speed. I like the muscularity definition in the nearest horse's hind quarters.
Well done,
Neil

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