Off-topic Monday: Horse Photos

Sorry folks, I’ve been traveling all weekend and haven’t gotten the chance to get together a proper dog-related post for you this morning. So bear with me as I share some pictures of the species next to pitties in my heart: horses. I got a new camera lens so I was out at the barn messing around with it last week, and this is what I came up with.

I still have close to zero clue how to work my camera, let alone do any sort of post processing. So I guess as you join me for the fostering journey you’ll (hopefully) also get tidbits of photography lessons I learn along the way as I work to improve my pictures.

Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow with a Baxter & Miss Piggy story!

13 thoughts on “Off-topic Monday: Horse Photos

  1. Hey, great photos! I took a semester of photography in college, but I feel like animals move to fast to do anything but turn the flash off, point, and shoot :) In photo class I did a bunch of other stuff … but it’s hard to mess around with it when your subject won’t hold still.

    And I personally would love an equestrian-themed post every now and then. I was on my school’s equestrian team, and back in the day rode far more than I get to now. It’s crazy how much I miss just being around the barn.

    • I used to ride all the time, but dogs have definitely taken the front seat. I didn’t realize how much I missed it! Hopefully I’ll get back into it, and while I’m at it, get a few more pony related posts in :)

  2. Yep, you can count me in for not minding a horse related post. I love them too, and you actually reminded me I really should take more photos of the ones that live here. What camera do you have? If you have any general questions feel free to leave me a comment on my akgphoto blog and I can answer them. Have been wanting to work up a photography related post on a more regular basis on there. What lens did you get?

    When shooting animals I typically am in Av mode as I am a big Depth of Field (DOF) girl so that is the first thing I want to control. If it is dogs I usually am at at least 800 ISO simply because it allows me a faster shutter speed (which in AV mode is already determined by camera for you based on Ap and ISO you are requiring.) Practice practice. Learning how your camera’s focus systems helps greatly too.

    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

    • Oh THANK YOU! I want to learn it all but it feels like there is just so much information. I know for the long term I really just need to bite the bullet and take a few courses, but right now I’ve been getting by on my automatic settings so I’m not feeling pressured to make the jump into education yet. I use a Canon EOS 40D – a camera I inherited from my brother. This new lens is a 50mm f/1.8 and I like it but mostly because it helps me cheat and get the pictures I want on the automatic setting. I know my pictures will improve once I learn about how the camera functions… I just need to stop being lazy about it. Will definitely take you up on the opportunity to ask questions! Thanks!

      • I am more than happy to help I am self taught and never had the money or time for classes, though i would love to still take some eventually. One thing I can say though is read your manual… sounds boring but it has helped me learn a lot about what the camera can do. Take a look at Av mode in your manual, it really is not hard to figure out and would offer you sooo many more options than auto does. Practice is the best way to learn sometimes so just keep it up.

        I had a feeling that was a 50mm lens, DOF gave it away lol.

        A friend passed along a book to me recently. So far I find it very well written and helpful… not overwhelming and really explains things in normal terms. Here is the link to it.

        http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Book-Scott-Kelby/dp/032147404X

        Looking forward to seeing how you progress
        Anna

  3. Love the nifty fifty, what a great lens for a great price. You pictures look awesome! And I totally get the horse thing, I grew up riding horses and got my very own when I was nine :)

  4. Lovely photos! Thank you so much for sharing them. I really wish I knew more about both things – horses and photography – so I’d be able to appreciate them even more.

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