Allelujah, we had pretty weather today.
I drove to the stables praying I could finally give my Sig 70-200/2.8 a spin. Well it must have been my lucky day, because my kid rode so freaking well the first ten minutes of her lesson that her coach decided it was time to take things to a higher scale, and that meant, to the outdoor arena !
About this time of year 12 months ago Marla had taken a break in her riding. For practical reasons out of our power, she had to go to a different teacher/school, and despite me finding the teaching was good, she didn’t like it and the cold weather was the final blow. She decided she’d rather stay in bed on Wednesday mornings. It was only a few months after our friend Gwen had opened her new place that we went to visit her and check it out. From then on Marla slowly picked up riding again, and she’s now been at it very seriously since late last spring. Her progress over this short period of time has been enormous.
Riding outside by herself is way more intimidating for a 5 yr old than inside the safety of the barn. But it sure makes Mama’s camera instantly *much* happier !!
Warm colors, lovely subject isolation and great detail are the signature of “The Bazooka”
But I wasn’t the only one…
Gwen spent 80% of the session within grabbing reach of my Precious, just in case…
Eclaire is a lively little mare and more space tends to mean more speed to her
But with a lot of guidance and supervision, things went super smoothly
And the light was just… gorgeous !
Look at those golden tones
I let this flare intentionally, for aesthetics purposes. However, once equipped with its (large) dedicated hood, the lens resisted flare very, very well.
Of course Enora was there too, and had chosen to ride Vidji today
Being 11 and stronger, she needed less chaperoning, and did great
Chaperoning, Marla had plenty of
But I think within only a few sessions she’ll be pretty much on her own
The girls had fun, the photographers had a blast
Olympus 4/3 camera at work here !
The safety distance is starting to get longer
She ended up trotting laps by herself
With a very receptive and tame Eclaire, whom, according to Gwen, is NOT tame and easy with other kids, Marla does get a special treatment
Maybe because they’re genuinely friends ?
End of session, headed to the pond
My heart skipped a bit here, the water was freezing and my girl looked like she was going to pass overboard any second !
I prompted her to get out of there asap
Boy was she proud…
And was I happy with the output of the Sig !
Next Marla took a backseat to chew on her apple
and the adults rolled in for a jumping session !
I love this little horse, he is SO pretty
And this spotted mare seems so easy
I ran out of memory space just as Marla was running out of patience, which was pretty perfect timing in my book 😉
I got a couple more and headed home
Overall a very good day. I LOVE this lens as much as ever. I’ve now had it in Nikon (several units), Canon (as well) and Sony mount, whatever next maker I go to (not that I have the least intention to switch from Sony any time soon…), I’ll re-buy it in the proper mount. This is a killer tool for a lot of application, and feels heavy as a dead ox, but gives a lot of confidence in the hand, too. Constant 2.8 on a telezoom is a very real asset for high shutter speed, sharp pictures and nice subject isolation. If you’ve never tried a 70-200/2.8 lens yet, you should.