Marla and her long time friend, Chivas
The weather was decent today, with a hint of blue sky and some some sun, so we hopped in the car and drove to the stables. Our twin sisters friends were schooling two young ponies, then Gwen strode in on her prize winning filly. I tried to record it all to the best of the LA-EA4’s ability. The NEX7 is capable, the Sig 70-200 is fantastic, but the AF adapter coupling them is a little on the primitive side of things…
At a slow pace, all is fine and dandy
At the trot it still works well
Still fine at the lope
Jumping is when things get sticky
One would think the natural thing to select for this kind of shooting, is continuous AF. And that’d be a very bad choice. In Continuous AF mode, the camera will not fire until “in focus”. The problem is that it’s almost totally unable to properly track fast motion, so when you depress the shutter if it’s not “in focus”, it keeps on trying to lock, but does not fire.When it ultimately does fire, the horse has long completed what you intended to capture.
I shot about a dozen jumping frames today, and only two were exploitable. Pretty lousy keeper rate if you ask me… Though I did switch back to AF-S pretty early in the day.
Of course what I got is a bunch of very repetitive, hence boring, pony shots. I personally did enjoy though, as I just love this little Welsh pony, she’s so cute and so pretty.
And that’s a pretty nice one too
Some day I’ll get my own kid a Welsh pony, for sure
If she sticks with it, she’ll be like this sooner than later
Spending ALL her free time horseriding
And that’ll be absolutely *fine*
Horse ladies tend to be grounded, focused,
sane, and generally nice people
Riding is a hobby, sports, discipline, and philosophy, all rolled in one
And it usually shapes up very healthy teens, physically and mentally
Yeah… as soon as she gets off the real horse, she sits on a fake one
Maybe she’ll have the same kind of vocation her coach has
Neither I nor her dad would mind
She wanted to go ride *again* today… We made a deal for tomorrow 😉
And finally, the NEX didn’t too that bad… There’ll be a bunch of riders schooling in tomorrow’s session, I hope I can hone my technique a bit. Stay tuned !