View single post by Eric
 Posted: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 14:37

Joined: Thu Apr 19th, 2012
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 3620
Welcome chrisbet.

Horses are such magnificent creatures and great to photograph. I am sure you know a lot about what not to do already (like never shooting from head with wide angle lens unless you want a horse with a tampered bum)

As Jonathan said your image isn’t as sharp as it could be. Maybe that’s shutter speed? Even with VR I always like to double the focal length and make that the shutter speed especially for moving subjects which VR can’t help. Eg for a 200mm lens 2x200= 400 > 1/400th shutter speed.

I don’t know if you photograph any jumping? For me, it’s then that you can capture the power of the horse. Some years ago I did some eventing photography. It’s all about timing in these situation but a long lens (I think I used 100-300mm) not only means you can stand back but you can also zoom in to detail head shots as well. The 70-300AFS is a good lens for this as it’s an FX you get 105-450 on your DX D90.

As with all things you can get more performance from newer cameras. But that’s down to how much you want to spend. There are now lots of newer DX bodies (preowned would keep cost down) that would improve on image quality and especially speed of focusing of the D90. You might want to consider that as an alternative to the 70-300mlm lens.

If you are doing jumping, crouch to enhance the dominance of the horse. Try to get at least 2 feet on the ground at once....or crop. It just give the horse more solidity when it’s attached to the floor.

Here are some shots that demonstrate some of these points which hopefully might give you food for thought.

And not forgetting to be ready for the unusual.........

But they don’t have to be jumping. Positioning yourself to get a different perspective works too.....

Good luck

Last edited on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 14:52 by Eric