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photoferdinandi PRO+
 
photoferdinandi May 15, 2016
Great capture!
TwoFires
 
TwoFires May 25, 2016
Nice shot, it looks like the horse is jumping straight up. Great job!
RavenHawk58
 
RavenHawk58 July 29, 2016
OUTSTANDING. Horses happy dance.
chexcowboy
chexcowboy July 30, 2016
Thank you He is a very special horse to me and we have traveled a lot of miles together. He does like his play on a nice cool day though.

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this Photo at my families farm in Missouri. The stallion featured in it is a horse that I own, trained and have shown for many years. We have traveled many miles together and he has been one of my best travel partners ever.He may look a little wild in this image but especially for a stallion he is very laid back and gentle towards people. He does however enjoy his playtime.
Time
I believe this was taken around mid-afternoon.
Lighting
Though it was full daylight hours it was also on a cloudy day. Only natural light used.
Equipment
Was taken with a Canon 5D M111, a Sigma 70x200 F2.8. Hand held, no flash.
Inspiration
My career as both Photographer and also have been a Professional in several areas of the Equestrian industry has always allowed me to mix the two. I have always prefered to just go out in the pastures with the horses and let them just be horses. I seem to always capture my most interesting images that are not performance related by just letting them be themselves.
Editing
Yes I first downloaded to Lightroom to adjust color temp and lens correction then over to Photoshop for sharpening and other minor adjustments. I had previously cropped the image in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
Wow I am guilty of packing my bag a little heavy. I usually have my camera, 3 or so lens's, Filters like a polarizing filter, Graduated ND filters, a couple flashes, remote shutter triggers, light meter, color checker card, model and property releases, tripod and some radio transmitters for the flashes. When shooting a commercial job I will also have a back up camera, Canon 70D, reflectors, light stands and light modifiers. It can get to be a little much at times.
Feedback
For this shot you have to know the personality of the subject and stay very focused on the horse or subject. the most action will come when you first turn them out if they are a horse that also lives in a stable but it can be hard to catch all of that if it's just you and the horse. Stay focused and after the initial play most will have some shorter play periods that are great to capture. By then you have made some adjustments for lighting and learned a little about how that perticular horse likes to play and where would be a good location to shoot from in order to get the best background. I also like to zoom my lens past 100mm in order to miniumize the distortion of your lens, if you are too close and below 100mm you will get a lot of shots that the part of the horse closest to you will look unprepotionately to large.

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