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By Overread  
Taken with: 7D + 70-200mm f2.8 IS L MII at 70mm
Camera settings f4, ISO 800, 1/1600sec

A nice jump, but tricky to shoot as it was close to the barrier and forced me to step away from the barrier to get the horse and jump in the shot; which made it trickier as the barrier cable then wanted to get in on the shot as well. Otherwise I might have crouched a bit more for a slightly more upward angle.

Background is not as blurred as I'd like, but at 70mm and already backed up I really didn't have the room to get back to use 200mm end of the lens. f2.8 might have given a little more blur, but not much and would have made focus on the rider and horse that bit trickier. That said its not a bad background all told for showjumping where I've become fairly used to having a very hard time finding good angles (and where many of the best are already worked by the pros on the day or would require being out in the field rather than on the spectator side of things).

Timing I'm happy with, both hind legs off the ground with some kickback dirt to help convey motion and energy. Riding and horse giving a good look - though ears forward on the horse would be nice.

Would be very interested to hear what others think of the shot and if there's other things that I could improve on either in the shooting or the editing. Perhaps elements I've overlooked or not picked up on. Any hints/tips/advice would be most welcome.

Tags: Horse Sports Showjumping Sports and action Eventing Horse Trials

Voters: stevenb, JuBarney, handlerstudio and 6 more

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JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 7:30PM
You could mark this for Critique if you Edit the details and then the experts will advise you.
26 Apr 2020 7:49PM
I think this is a good action capture. Having the horse airborne definitely shows movement....the soil kicked up a bonus. Given the nature oaf the photo, I do not think it is critical to create bokeh for the background. What you have makes contrast.

Overread 12 4.1k 19 England
26 Apr 2020 8:33PM
Thanks both!

@Handlerstudio - yeah I've had to come to terms with busy backgrounds at events - I still keep hunting for those perfect backgrounds, but I don't let it get to me too much. Though at the same time I try to keep an eye on them at least otherwise I run the risk of ignoring them altogether which is equally as bad.

@JuBarney - its been a while since I last was on epz and whilst I did check the editing settings just now I don't think I can set it to critique as of now (I think it might be possible only to do that if its not had any comments/votes etc... on it). I'm not too worried- I've got a good few others I can pester the critique team with Smile

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