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At the gallop

By Bigpoolman
First outing with the new toy, got to say I'm impressed with the sharpness. Now if it told me what to point it at....

I was trying to frame the rider with the rail and get some expression, this bloke seemed quite intense.

Its cropped in, which I think works better and basic adjustments in LR (highlights, blacks, clarity etc plus a bit of a vignette. Not done any editing in PS at this stage.

Photo was taken at widest aperture possible to isolate the background and fast speed to freeze the action. It was quite gloomy which necessitated an ISO of 1600 which, to my eye, the camera handles easily even with the crop. Slight exposure compensation to minimise the risk of the rails blowing out.

Auto focus was set to track the main subject as it got nearer and was one shot in a sequence.

Comments valued as always, did it work? ...and does the theory of what I was trying to do sound sensible or might it work better differently?



Tags: Summer Racing Cartmel Sports and action 2018

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Zydeco_Joe 14 84 1 England
2 Aug 2018 10:21PM
Great work like it.
Great lens- well thought out and well captured
2 Aug 2018 11:22PM
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
3 Aug 2018 6:56AM
Starting with the framing and crop - a fraction more, so that the jockey's boot is completely visible? Minor, but caught my eye. Otherwise, magnificent - the rails curving away give an impression of movement. The slight lean adds to this.

I have to say that I'm impressed by the A9's focus. My A7r II is not the most rapid for action, though I dearly love the quality!

My mod dodged the rider's face a little - as yo usuggest, his intensity is an important part of the picture.
3 Aug 2018 8:22AM
Thanks John, great spot about the boot it does need more room so I have widened the crop. I have now dodged the riders face and the horses eyes (fractionally) as well which also helps. Based on a couple of cricket shoots and the racing, the camera and lens are something else - the difference in quality with my (now traded in) old Sigma lens is startling. Not sure how good the weather proofing is but I am certainly not aiming to put it to the test!


banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
3 Aug 2018 2:17PM
Its underexposed for me, and its due to the -0.7. You tend to use negative compensation a lot from looking at your shots with the last cam, and now this one.

If you hadnt applied the correction, you wouldnt need to do any dodging, and the fence would not blow out. Since the horse and rider are the actual subjects, their exposure should be most important, rather than the fence IMO.

I have uploaded mod1 with the 0.7 added back, nothing else done, and mod2 has shadow detail lifted on the horse, which could be done in LR.

Good action shot. Noise performance is good, but would have been better without the negative comp, as lifting exposure in post processing does reveal a small, but acceptable noise floor.


3 Aug 2018 4:28PM
Thanks Willie, can't remember for this one but I do vary the exp comp depending on results quite a bit during the shooting. I do avoid blown highlights like the plague so tend to err on the dark side but the points well made.


pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
4 Aug 2018 11:00AM

I am both impressed by the quality and the sharpness and totally puzzled by the framing.

My understanding is the following: The man rides, the horse gallops.
Yet the most striking galloping part, the horse's feet are out of the horizontal frame.

A vertically oriented frame would be a clear winner to my opinion. Is that coming in the next round?


4 Aug 2018 12:28PM
Hi Pablo. I cropped in to get the expression on the riders face larger in the frame and to get the lead in of the rail a little better.
I will upload the full frame as a mod so you can see the feet but I think that I prefer this one. I have others where the hooves are churning up the ground more which I think helps to show the gallop but .....


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
4 Aug 2018 1:31PM
The full frame is pregnant with possibilities, but the OP is far better...

And now that the extent of the crop is appraent, the quality is even more impressive.
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
4 Aug 2018 11:23PM
Thanks for uploading the original.
I am still in favour of a vertical frame that excludes the space with the white sign on the left.
I imagine it would have more of the green racecourse on the bottom for the horse tobrun on and less white rails on the right. But it would still look awesome.


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