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Pamelabole April 12, 2016
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Dark horse



Close up of a horse in Dartmoor National Park of England.
Close up of a horse in Dartmoor National Park of England.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken near Haytor in Dartmoor National Park in the south west of England. Haytor is one of my favorite spots in Dartmoor National Park and is a place you where you can often see Horses and ponies.
Time
This photo was taken in the morning. It was just after the horses had something to eat and while they were warming themselves in the morning sun. This allowed me to get the shot with horse looking at me.
Lighting
The lighting is all natural light with the sun back lighting the horse.
Equipment
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon 70-200 mm F2.8L lens. I was fully extended to 200 mm to get up close and personal. Additionally I was shooting in manual mode with an aperture of F5.6, 1/90 of a second shutter speed, and ISO 400. This was a little slower that I would have liked but with the sun at the horses back I needed a slow shutter speed to get detail around the eye.
Inspiration
Shooting horses on the morning I took this shot wasn't on my plan for the day, but I love to shoot animals and when given the opportunity to get close I could shoot for hours. On this day the horses were letting me get much closer than normal which allowed me to get in close.
Editing
This is a B&W conversion using googles Silver Efex Pro.
In my camera bag
I tend to lean on the side of more is better and that is reflected in what typically always carry with me. For lenses I always have my Canon 16-35 mm F2.8, Canon 70-200 mm F2.8, and Canon 24-70 mm F2.8. I used to carry two bodies as well (to save time swapping lenses) a Canon 6D and a Canon 5D Mark III but I recently broke my 6D so I'm down to one body. I always carry a tripod (3 legged thing), a variety of ND and polarizing filters, camera remotes, 2 extra batteries, plenty of memory cards, shower caps (to keep the body dry), and a few micro fiber clothes. I carry it all around in the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW, and yes it's heavy.
Feedback
Horses, tame or wild, can very unpredictable and easily startled. The key thing is to remain calm and move very slowly to get up close. I like to talk to the horses, I'm not sure it helps calm them but it can get them to look at you for a while. The one thing I wouldn't do I feed them, with any animal you don't want to be food source and defiantly don't want to get bitten. And lastly when shooting in difficult light situations like this, shoot on burst mode (not rapid fire burst but a few shots at a time) it gives you more chances that one of your photo's in sharp.

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