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Powdered Buckskin



Cosmo collects some powder on a winter's day.

Cosmo collects some powder on a winter's day.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Cosmo lives to the west of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada.
Time
This was taken in the early afternoon. It was hard to know the time, since the sun was filtered behind a solid snow storm.
Lighting
The northern latitude and snowy conditions gave a winter feel to the day. The sun may have passed behind the mountain, but it is hard to tell behind the storm clouds.
Equipment
This was taken in natural light with a Canon 6D. The lens is a very old Canon 70-300 mm meant for a smaller camera. It works.
Inspiration
I often get some good portraits by just walking around the paddocks before feeding and cleaning. I liked the snowy feel of the day, and hoped to get some interesting expressions. We have 4 horses and have 8 others as boarders. We like to send regular photos of the guests. I also like to take a few photos each day so it all works out.
Editing
I shoot raw and adjust whites, blacks, shadows and highlights. This is not heavily processed.
In my camera bag
I have a Canon 6D and a T3i. Canon 70-300 mm, Canon 24-105 mm, Tamron 300- 600 mm. I will add either a 50 mm or an 85 mm in the next few weeks. This will be my first top quality lens. I also carry a tripod, cable release, a collection of ND filters and some odd filters picked up as collectors items. I do not own any sort of artificial lighting equipment. I am taking classes to learn, and plan to have some off-camera lighting in for the barn, and perhaps a studio someday.
Feedback
I like a wide aperture, but not too wide. Horses are big, and if the depth of field is too big things will get sloppy. I like to stay between f/5 and f/11 when shooting outside. Be careful with distracting background items. Plan your shots ahead of time. Know where to stand and where to aim and work to line up the backgrounds, or eliminate things. I also like to keep my shutter speed up over 100. A general rule is to stay about 100 if possible, and to have the speed higher than the focal distance. When I use the 300 mm lens, I try to set the speed over 1/300 sec. With the 600 mm lens, I stay over 1/600 sec. I can slow that down for landscapes or other shots.

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