That doesn’t make her riding any less impressive and enthusiastic for her age. She’s also a beautiful kid and very nice to have around. I’m glad she gets to ride with Marla because it makes for challenging lessons that pull my own kid upwards.
This was a perfect case of when bad pictures are better than no pictures at all. All my shots came out very noisy (had to use ISO 1600 in the dimly lit, but crazy contrasty, arena), most of them blurred due to unsuficiently high shutter speed, and too makes things worse I was manually focusing an old adapted Sigma 28-70/2.8-4 zoom in Canon EF mount. The AF SEL18-55 F:3.5-5.6 will hardly sustain a 1/60th shutter speed at the very best, while the brighter zoom ranging from 2.8 to 4 allowed speeds up to 1/125th, and even 1/160th.
There was a tiny drama at the end of the session. Marla loped a couple of laps and fell off at the end. To my huge surprised she landed smiling and saying “I ain’t even scared”, so I sat her right back on her poney and a few minutes later she loped a few strides in the other direction. Boy, was I proud.
Another day in an amateur photog’s life, an important one for a 5 yr old rider who bravely faced her very first fall today. On a photographic note I wish I had a NEX 6 today. Why ? Because of all NEXs, the 6 has the best high ISO performance, and out of camera sharpness. The colors are great too. In fact, unless you need the huge resolution and cropping power of the 7’s 24MP sensor, the 6 has in my view the best IQ among the NEX. Why don’t I buy another 6 then ? I had two of them but could never bond with either. The build quality isn’t up to the 7, and the interface not remotely as nice as the 7’s TriNavi, not to mention the 6 is fugly 😉