A Flash of Light

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  1. JimFox

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    Out where I trail run they do some Equestrian training from time to time. I saw it as I drove up to the Trailhead so I grabbed my Sony A6400 to go with me when I ran and I took a short break to shoot this horse for a few minutes with the low angled sun.

    I had been shooting faster at first, but then I switched down to 1/40th of a sec to get a bit of motion blur in the image to help the image to show some of the speed.

    All comments are welcome,

    Jim

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  2. Amy Nelson

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    Great shot of this young horse feeling her speed!
    I really like the lighting and how it picks up the highlights in the mane and tail.
     
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    Thanks so much Amy! It was fun seeing the light flirt with the horse like it did.
     
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    Really good light and panning skills. The oof background works well, but the legs should either be frozen or more blurred in my opinion.
     
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    Good light to capture the pony. Nicely panned to render the background blurred. I'd personally prefer a tad faster shutter here.
     
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    Interesting light but this type of subject is not something I have shot before and not high on my radar screen to try soon. Like Jameel I would prefer a much faster shutter speed for this level of movement in the subject.
     
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    Nice photo, Jim! I like the motion blur, it works well because the horse's head and body is mostly sharp. It reminds me of last time I tried shooting a running horse with this effect - a slower shutter speed and panning. It's difficult but the result can be really cool!
     
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    Thanks so much Amy. I was really happy with this and how it turned out. If the whole horse is sharp and the background blurred I believe you lose some sense of motion. So I liked keeping the head and body sharp while letting the legs have some blur. The legs could have been blurred a bit more I suppose, but it’s a narrow line between blurred feet and ghosted feet. So I prefer it to be more like this.
     

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