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gee up !!

By sam46
I really like sport photography and this is the first time i have shot horse jumping.
My aim in a photo is to get pin sharp results, although i dont have very expensive pin sharp lenses!!

I was pleased with this effort, but would welcome any kind of constructive criticism Grin

Tags: Sport Horse Action Jumping Sports and action

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pablophotographer 6 952 335
9 Jul 2013 12:28PM
Hello Sam, welcome to EPZ. I don't see any major fault in your image, it looks sharp where it should look sharp and the colours are pleasant. I do not know the track or its orientation, or how much space and time you have had available. Being positioned this way you had the sun and the light falling from the side/back of your subjects. When you are outdoors on a sunny day think of where the light comes from and position yourself in a place where the subjects you want to photograph are getting illuminated from the front.

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well timed great shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
9 Jul 2013 5:07PM
Welcome Sam. This is very good, and one to be proud of.

You had the camera set up well for this, using a high speed.

The 7D has an autofocus mode called AI Servo thats ideal for this type of shot too; you simply half press the shutter, and track the subject, and fully press when the moment is idea. The AF system is constantly adjusting to keep focus as the distance to the subject changes, Give it a try if you havent already.

Pablo mentioned light, and one aspect of an image that has a close relationship with light, is white balance. You set it manually, though I cant tell what you used. When I use Camera Raw to check it, it suggests it can be a little warmer, with less magenta, and Ive used this in the mod. This alone significantly brightened the front of the pair.

The central placement works, but Ive used an off centre crop in the mod, leaving more spce on the right, where the rider is looking.

Scroll up this page, and click the modifications tab, then view the mod large.

Hope this is helpful,


Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
9 Jul 2013 10:52PM
I rather like this.

Pablo mentions the direction of the light but I think the effect you've achieved here works well.
To make Pablo's point though, I might have added a little 'artificial Lightroom flash.'

Most of you know what I think about the RoT and central (or anywhere) compositions.

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 8:56AM
This is well done. The lighting was against you but you have handled that very well indeed with little burn out and detailed shadows. Not much to criticise really. I like the composition for this image and, as Willie mentions, you can try Servo auto focus. I have been asked, on a number of occasions, to shoot at a local stables with paddock and training facilities. They let me in close to the horses providing I am careful and keep out of the way.

Just experiment, try different angles and, if you can get close, try wide angle. I have some really interesting shots with a Sigma 10/20 with me sat on the ground at the side of the jump looking up. The horses were not phased by flash fill either. We did some teats with the stable owners consent and had no trouble at all. Well trained, experienced horses though.

sam46 4 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 11:54AM
Thank you for your comments.
The lighting to be fair was really difficult and I tried to place myself so as not to have people/food vans/farm buildings in the background, a lot I took had the sky blown out. The white balance was set to daylight.

Ive tried the tracking on the camera, my passion is motogp/motorbikes and am struggling a tad with it. Some of my images are not coming up sharp and I am to the conclusion its my technique, because I do get the odd few that are sharp.

Willie I like what you have done to the image, my raw editing skills at the moment are very basic...still trying to learn photoshop, and Bren I don't have lightroom at the moment so would not know where to start to add front light Smile

All in all, im very pleased with the comments of the photo, ive lots to learn but loving learning it Grin

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