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White horses of the Camargue

This photograph was taken using a 24 - 70 mm lens set at 24 mm. One of the horses passed by me only a matter of inches apart....
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This photograph was taken using a 24 - 70 mm lens set at 24 mm. One of the horses passed by me only a matter of inches apart.
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29 Comments | Report
AlanJakarta PRO+
AlanJakarta December 07, 2014
Excellent capture. Congratulations on being Featured.
hotpixel December 07, 2014
Amazing image ! Super catch ! Congrats !!!!
Bonnie_D PRO
Bonnie_D December 07, 2014
awesome, love it, congrats
chuckrickman December 07, 2014
Thrilling capture. Well deserved to be featured. Congrats!
RhondaMcD December 07, 2014
Beautiful Capture. Congratulations.
akhtarkhan December 07, 2014
Fabulous action capture. Congrats on the feature.
gyps76 December 07, 2014
Stunning capture...congrats!
maxclancylowe December 07, 2014
Magnificent shot! ;)
pranaynaiduveera December 07, 2014
Masterpiece of artwork.. Excellent composition.!! Congrats on being featured.. :-)
Darren_Almond December 07, 2014
Cracking shot, congrats on your feature!!
sweetpea72 December 07, 2014
what a shot..Congrats! ")
tropicala PRO
tropicala December 07, 2014
Excellent, beautiful! Love this!
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rmr731 December 08, 2014
Awesome capture! Congrats on being featured!
Sanmi December 13, 2014
Extraordinary shot, a great job.
shyamalbasu January 22, 2015
Nice shot,
KBW69 January 30, 2015
Fantastic capture- great movement
marcelfens March 05, 2015
Very nice indeed!
ManCorMac March 07, 2015
Great capture...
DexHortonPhotography March 07, 2015
Beautiful shot! I love the the expressions and reflections!
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CPF_Photoart March 26, 2015
Incredible shot of an incredible moment
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vojce March 30, 2015
excellent photo congrats
sampurnasarkar April 23, 2015
mohamedhussein May 22, 2015
i just wish you would have got the full reflection into the frame
other than that great work
millskelsey123 June 11, 2015
Voted #1 on this one for you!! Stunning :)
Henkholveck June 19, 2015
Gorgeous shot! Wow!
FazooLoo July 24, 2015
Nice timing on the crazy horses, very well taken shoot!
dswigle August 20, 2015
Most excellent!
Maitra March 13, 2018
Incredible capture. Congrats !!!
photoman54 May 23
Photo is beautiful!

Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken in the Camargue region of Southern France. This type of horse is a native of the area.
This image was taken just before sunset. This image is a favourite of mine because of how close the horses came past me. I was kneeling down in the water to take this shot and watched the horses thundering towards me and feeling and hearing the pounding of the water as they got closer and closer. I was using a wide-angle lens, so if you look at the shot and think about the lens, you will quickly realise how close the horse on the left came past me, only a few inches between the stallion and my right shoulder.
The low evening sunlight was perfect and I think it adds to the drama.
This photograph was taken using my NIKON D800. The aperture was f11, the ISO was set to 400 because the light was fading. The shutter speed was 1/400th of a second and the photograph was taken hand-held.
I have always been fascinated by horses, their strength, grace and beauty just draws me to photograph them
This image is pretty much straight out of the camera. It just seemed to work well as it was.
In my camera bag
Whilst others seem to be moving to the CSC cameras, I am happy to stay with the heavier DSLR body and Lens configurations. I use a Nikon D810 body and D800 as back up. I favour the Nikon range of lenses and in particular the 70-200mm f2.8 VRII for most of my Horse shoots. The 85 mm f 1.8G is a great lens too and I use this for the closer portrait shots. I also have the 24 - 70 mm f2.8, the 18.0-35.0 mm f/3.5-4.5 wide angle lens and the recently new Nikon 200-500 mm f5.6
I have been around horses as a rider and photographer for several years now, so i would recommend that anyone wanting to start horse photography look into going on one of the many equine safaris/workshops that are offered. Horses are unpredictable and can be easily spooked so being calm around them is essential. I don't use flash or portable studio lights, although others do. I have seen riders thrown off horses because someone has tried taking a picture and the flash has gone off. If visiting a local stables, talk to the horse owner about the horse's temperament. Don't leave your camera gear on the ground either, horses can trample on your kit and are very curious animals so will investigate. I have had to rescue my camera bag from a horse once who was just about to drag it away with its teeth.

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