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Action Photography with the E-PL1

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by isabel95, May 30, 2011.

  1. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I took it plus the Panasonic 45-200 lens to a riding competition yesterday to see how well the combination could keep up with the activity.

    I found the moving focus box was a decided inconvenience, slowing things down considerably. (Camera had been sent to spot focus and the moving box was invariably in the wrong place).

    One I had changed to an immoveable center box I locked focus and recomposed and got the focus I wanted. I also prefocused on the jumps.

    I tried to anticipate the position of the horse and press the shutter button BEFORE the peak moment (front legs in the air) but often missed. A dslr with fast burst mode would have been more up to the job.

    That being said, I did get a few keepers and this was my favorite: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/isabel95/5772930038/" title="P5294710 Little Jumper by Isabel Cutler, on Flickr">
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    About setting exposure: A guy shooting with a Nikon dslr told me to set it at +0.7 for the backlit situation. I always avoid plus settings when there's white to be burnt out and many of the horses had white on them. I tried a few at his setting and they were terrible. I prefer to underexpose and then lighten shadow areas in Photoshop.

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