Photographing equestrian competitions calls for some standard practices. Competitors and publications have a particular type of image they generally prefer, which is the horse and rider at the apex of the fence (my blog entry for yesterday). While I enjoy the process of obtaining those favored images, I also like to experiment and try new approaches when I have the opportunity. Tonight I decided to stay for the junior/amateur-owner jumper class to simply shoot for fun and hang out with my photographer friends who had to be there.
Instead of the standard jumping shots, though, I changed my settings to follow the action between the fences. Using continuous focus, I tracked the riders as they approached these imposing fences, set at about 4’6″, and captured their expressions as they prepared for flight. It was a fun experiment, and while I certainly used the delete button regularly, I also kept a few images that I wouldn’t have ordinarily shot. Even though I was running on four hours of sleep and could have been well on my 1 1/2-hour drive home, I chose to keep on “working.” I guess I really enjoy my job!