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Horses, The Jumping Kind. July 3, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Action/Adventure.
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I stumbled upon this equestrian gathering at the fairgrounds in Northampton the other day, wandered in and snapped a few off before moving on.

One from Gizmo, hand-held at 400mm:

And some shots from Allie, my 24-105mm L-series zoom:

This one is cool for having all four off the ground, a testament more to the speed of the horse than the height of the jump:

And finally:

In that last shot, the horse and rider had just cleared the jump at left at high speed, wheeled and attacked this jump while still making the turn.  I don’t know if that’s considered “good form,” but it sure was exciting to watch!

Equine Photography. June 15, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Another thing to work on:

There’s so much going on here that I as a photographer have no control over.  I’m not first an action photographer, but I’m trying to learn how to do that.

That was from Ollie, my 24-105mm L-series  lens, whose compositional flexibility made this day work for me.

I briefly backed off for some telephotos…

(that one taken with Gizmo, my f/5.6L 400mm lens)

…but the action was happening down at the jumps.

Thanks to the folks at Biscuit Hill Farm in Shelburne, MA for their forbearance as I shot what I got.