A busy weekend of Equestrian Photography for the team, shooting indoors and outdoors. As a photographer it hurts when they say “great images, you must have a good camera”. Truth is that when it comes to indoors the camera really makes a difference. You can take the best photographers (and we do) but the very best of equipment really helps.
Of course Pony Club riders are seasoned individuals and compete outside at this time of year as well. So a bit of outside Show Jumping Photography was also called for.
Following day a change of venue and a change of disciplines. Some Dressage Photography and Moreton Equestrian Centre. So from the excitement of show jumping to a different form of precision and control.
And then to cap off the weekend a visit to the RAC Saddle Club Bovington. Again a bit different, Arena Cross Country. A challenging Arena XC course takes the horses over a different style of jump.
For us a number of changes of style but at all events a fully professional system providing printing on site. Montages are something that we really enjoy. A good equestrian montage details the story of the day.
When is an equestrian photograph more than just a photograph of a horse? Answer: when it becomes part of an art piece such as one of our Equestrian Art Montages
The more control we have at the image taking stage the easier it is to create your montage. Always great to consider the finished result when doing a rider and horse or stable session, in fact this is not just limited to horses. We could create a fantastic sportrait of just about any sport.
Sportrait – A sporting portrait
If we can create fine art equestrian images, we can also create fine art football sportraits
So for something different, think DorsetPhotoEvent, we cover all sorts of events from Weddings to Equestrian, Prom to Dog Agility and just about any other photographic work you can think of.
It really could be described as a Tale of 2 Weathers. Dressage in the rain, only something that seasoned riders can appreciate. For obvious reasons the first image is called “Come in number 1, your time is up”.
Talk about Mad Dogs and Englishmen, there should be a saying about Lady Riders and their tenacity. Of course it was young and old, male and female that braved the elements.
Whilst we enjoy Dressage Photography we much prefer it in more pleasant weather. Congratulations to all that braved the elements.
A cold start to the day at Bovington but that did not deter our show jumpers from a fine day of competition.
As usual a challenging course set by Stuart to help find the top riders.
To me nothing looks better than rider and horse working together to complete the round in the best possible time. Our part to is to provide some great equestrian photography.
We could just record the action but where is the fun in that. We decided to take some rider portraits as well. This is a project we will be continuing throughout the year. In part we will be doing some of it to raise funds for the Dorset Somerset Air Ambulance.
There is more, a new version of the V860 with the same X1 trigger system built in, the V860II, available in Nikon, Canon and Sony hotshoe but each can be used Off Camera with all 3 systems. They instantly recognise and change to the correct system that you are using.
Now the AD600 is 500 watts of power and the V860II has a guide number of 60 (GN60) so to complete the family there is the AD360II. Again the built in 3 system receiver and it can be used hotshoe mounted so comes in Nikon and Canon versions. It is a bare bulb 360W flash and sits nicely between the other 2 in power and portability.
Now I only have to carry 1 trigger system and do not need receivers as they are built in to the lights. No need to carry as many batteries or cables so not only has my system become more compact but also more flexible. Everything works with everything else. Now it might sound that I am happy but then they made my system complete.
A big use of battery powered flash is a technique called overpowering the sun. This often entails the use of High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash). Of course all these lights are HSS capable, but what if I want more power on a really bright day? For that we have the Godox H1200, you combine the power of 2 AD600 heads in one bulb and get a 1200W system. There is no other lighting system that gives that much power for so little money.
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