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    An recent shot made during a contests called "Grand National". The aim of this competition is qualification in French teams of pure horse jumping.

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    Re: Flying horse

    Great action shot. The horse likes calmer than the rider.

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    Another great shot tb. Do you know the name of the horse and rider and whether they made the team. I'll watch for them when they come to Canada. I love the way you manage to capture the rider's expression in your shots.

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    Re: Flying horse

    What strikes me particularly about your images, Thierry, being someone who does not very often shoot at the f2 end of things, is the amount of depth-of-field you get. Others may have a view, but, for me, what we have here is a lesson that if you get the focus right and the point of focus in the right place, then even at f2 there's enough depth-of-field available to produce images such as this. A good lesson.

    The other thing that strikes me about them is - they're magnificent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Ryan View Post
    The horse likes calmer than the rider.
    That's probably because the horse doesn't care how many points he might lose. Whereas the rider has learnt to worry!

    Excellent action shot. Well caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    ... what we have here is a lesson that if you get the focus right and the point of focus in the right place, then even at f2 there's enough depth-of-field available to produce images such as this.
    I think it depends upon how close you are to the main focus subject. If you are quite close then there will be more signs of DOF loss than if you were further back with a longer lens. I think!

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    I was expecting a tatty pub with a snug and saw dust on the tap room floor. The riders face is a picture on its own but it is a superb action shot

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    Re: Flying horse

    Thanks to all for your messages and comments. The goal is this wide opening as you could imagine is to blurr the background and by this way to highlight the foreground. Concerning the focus point, I use only the central collimator of my 7D or 40D. I try to place the collimator in the center of the horse shoulder.
    If you have a clear view of the horse before the jump, if not I recommand you to preset your AF prior to the jump on the obstacle structure

    I hope it could help

    You told me to not by shy about my rugged english. I go ahead and hope that it is understandable

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    You told me to not by shy about my rugged english. I go ahead and hope that it is understandable
    It is perfectly understandable and it is a pleasure to have you as a member in forum producing such wonderful images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    It is perfectly understandable and it is a pleasure to have you as a member in forum producing such wonderful images.
    Thanks Donald

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    Re: Flying horse

    All the horse photos you have posted have been outstanding.One question,what is the purpose of the ear covers on the horse?

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    Re: Flying horse

    Hi Jim,

    During such competition, the environment is relatively noisy and it avoids to have the horse nervous due to noise. The second purpose is to avoid bugs in ears

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    great facial expression,cheers martyn

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    great facial expression,cheers martyn
    thanks martyn

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