Monthly -featureBy Karen Adams Thank you for this opportunity to share a photo with you. It’s an honor and a humbling experience.
- It was taken last February at the Bar W Guest Ranch during a winter horse roundup workshop led by Nick Fucci.
- I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f: 4.5-5.6 L IS USM mounted on a tripod.
- We were shooting about 10 a.m. with heavily overcast skies and falling snow, so lighting conditions weren’t the best. I wanted to have depth of field but also needed a fast shutter speed to stop the action. I used f:5.6 and bumped my ISO to 1250, which allowed me to use a shutter speed of 1/2500 second.
- We were positioned at the bottom of a long pasture with a background of trees. The wranglers would take the horses to the far end of the field and work them towards us. They did this multiple times. We did have to get model releases from the four wranglers who were working the herd for us.
- It is always a challenge to focus on subjects that are moving toward you as well as changing their speed and direction. Because of this, I wanted to take many pictures so I set the camera to high speed continuous shooting and A1 Servo Focusing. I knew it would take a lot of shooting to get a few photos that met the requirements I was looking for: focus, catching the action, and the interaction between horses and wranglers. Another requirement was space between the horses so each one was distinct. You don’t want your photo to just look like a mass of horse parts or have one horse with too many ears, legs, or bums.
- The advantage of a workshop situation is that you have multiple opportunities to get that shot instead of just one chance. They are also great practice so you can get that field shot.