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Old Feb 7, 2013, 2:37 PM   #11
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Given the lighting conditions, this is a great series of images with a great explanation of the 'how to'.
When your photographing an animal as large as a horse with a rider atop the animal, that's a heck of a lot of a depth of field to expect in indoor/natural light. when the horse is coming straight at you.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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It's my pleasure. Thank you.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 4:10 PM   #13
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A couple of the finer points of shooting equestrian events up close:
  • Don't use flash. The horse won't care, but the rider will throw a fit.
  • Stay visible and don't move. Horses are big, but they're on the bottom of the food chain and they know it. If you move, they will be wary when passing the position you used to be in, and you'll startle them in your new position.
Don't risk upsetting either the horse or the rider. Pick your spot and stay put. And just to be sure, you may want to ask the rider for permission to photograph them. I've never had anyone say no, but there's no better way to let them (the rider and the horse) know you're there.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 10:37 AM   #14
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Very true. I have horses and know just how flighty they can be! Thanks for all the help! Once I get this lens and get to the events I'll post them. You've been a great help!
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