Last week I got to shoot a spanish/portugese working equitation workshop
Those events are heavily classical dressage based, with a touch of obstacle handling, and some livestock sorting. Great looking horses, for the most part
I’m very familiar with the beautiful equine facility that took place in. The covered arena is just enormous, and the light is fantastic… if you can handle it ! A lot of crazy backlighting and white light pooling among shadows, not for the faint of heart
Or anyone lazy or relying on the camera’s metering. Forget that, unless you’re shooting mirrorless and have real time live exposure simulation. Using the Nikon D750, I didn’t, so Manual mode it was…
Situation like this, for example. You can’t have best of both worlds, even with a full frame sensor, the camera’s dynamic range is well exceeded by the scene. Just expose for your subject, and live with blown backgrounds. And don’t even mention RAW, I kept more than 2000 images for this event. Sorting out jpeg files was enough of a nightmare 😉
Most horses were spectacular, and with sharp looking riders, to boot
Young stud was acting up, so the instructor hopped on, and he behaved
Horses were either purebred Spanish or Portugese breed, or Lippizaners
And the greatest fun for everyone was sorting out cattle !
I got a crush on a few of those horses
And this light is…. delighftul, once you handle it properly
Some traditional outfits added a nice touch
Horses had a blast with the cows
Icing on the cake, I sold a boatload of pictures !
The cattle pics sold like crazy, despite the busier backgrounds and wonkier exposures
All in all a great experience, and an audience that loves pictures and will buy
Absolutely to do again !