Marla and I went to the stables yesterday, to shoot the adult edition of the Halloween horse riding games. And it was every bit as fun, and even way more hectic, that the kiddo version. I had, again, the NEX 7 with LA-EA2 and Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5 attached. By the way, the lens, which I have commented in details in previous posts, as been bought by a fellow photographer and follower of the blog, and will be on its way to South Africa tomorrow ! The AF performance of the combo was totally adequate, and I have way more keepers that I will reasonably be able to edit, I’m afraid !
Actually, the issue with this shoot is the sheer number of pictures to deal with. And I didn’t even shoot any burst ! I think I truly need a more convenient photo browser/editor, and am considering using Apple Aperture, strictly for sorting/organizing purposes.
I also went out of my way to try and remove as many unwanted elements from backgrounds as I could. Keep in mind I am NOT a post processing professional, far from it, that I am self taught, and not all that proficient, at Photoshop. So last night I had a LOT of work, 55 edited pictures so far, and still a lot to go !
Team 2 (and I don’t know even know all the riders/horses names) : Morgan on Fiona, Céline (I think) and Joy mostly hidden behind Severine (horse’s name unknown), Camille on Vidji, and René on his tall bay, whose name I can’t remember.
Another very big issue when shooting horses and riders, is the traditional littering of arenas ! So many disturbing objects end up in the background, at all times. Jumping bars laid on the ground, empty buckets, bar supports, not to mention other horse/rider couples waiting for their turn to perform. One needs to be a Photoshop champion to come up with unlittered pictures. And I’m not 😦 So most of the clutter free pictures in this post have been unmasterfully doctored by me, which explains a lot of weird looking areas going on in backgrounds, if you pay close attention (I’d rather you don’t, lol).
First time I saw this little mare out of her stall, and I have to admit she made a strong impression on me. Pretty, swift but looking easy and kind. Marion, her owner, seems super friendly as well, and hinted at a possible “half board” arrangement on her. I’ll inquire a bit further and give it some thought…
I can’t stress enough how pleasurable it is for me to shoot horses and riders in action. I’ve been riding since I was a kid and loved horses all my life. They are totally photogenic and the sheer variety of breeds, sizes, colors and assorted apparel makes it really easy to get appealing pictures, especially during fast action. I guess if I could chose any professional specialty in the photography business, I’d be a horse photographer !
I’d love to say that I went thru all the pics. Not even true though. Right now my eyes aren’t straight anymore and I can’t think properly. I should probably say away from a computer for at least 24 hours ! (*not* likely to happen, though…). Tomorrow the post MIGHT deliver either of both of the two lenses I’ve been waiting for. Hmmm, I guess that means more horsey pictures very soon !!