Stepping on new ground…

… after 1 week and weekend full of new photograhy projects I first want to apologize for no or late replies to your comments and for no feedback to your recent posts.
Taking photographs of horses and dogs fills up a Lightroom folder very quickly. 500 images per shoot are the default, not the exception. Reviewing these images, selecting the “good” ones and doing basis adjustments in LR turns long days into long nights. The hit ratio at day 1: 50%, day 2: 70% day 3: 40% (bad weather) and finally the weekend: 80%. Lesson learned:  a Fuji X-T1 can do the job, especially the new focus features helped a lot. I rented a Fuji 50-140 2.8 lens (70-200 2.8 FF equivalent). Can you do the job without such a lens? NO! Definitely NO! Shutter speeds of 1000-2000 crank up the ISO very quickly to 3600 or 6400. You get a lot of noise. At the end I used the “Manual” mode only. Set the aperture, set the shutter speed and than set the ISO. If you see an image in your electronic view finder it is time to think about single, area or tracking focus and single or burst mode. Continuous focusing is a must. On day 1 I missed nearly every chance of an image. I had to learn very quickly. Another observation: if I want to be successful (means earning money) in this area I need a Canon D1 X II oder Nikon D5 + a 70-200 2.8 prime lens. Now we are talking about 8 to 10K €. It is the only time where gear matters. But so far I am very proud of my Fuji X-T1. Smiles. Reinhold

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Horses
Horses – Portrait

 

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Horses
Horses – Motion

 

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Dogs
Dogs – Portrait

 

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Horses
Dogs – Motion

14 thoughts on “Stepping on new ground…

  1. You have been busy, Reinhold. I think the dog portrait is my favorite. I imagine equipment makes all the difference in saving time. Well, your time is well spent here! These are amazing photos. You should be very proud.

    • Hi Julie, the lens is only 1/4 of it. 🙂 The expensive part would be the camera. The Canon 1DX II is the flagship of Canon. All famous wildlife photographers are using either this one or the NIKON D5. Super fast and accurate focus, burst mode of 14 images per second and high ISO with low noise. My Fuji is more optimized for landscape photography. Medium fast, slow or no moving objects. Horses where easier than dogs. But it will help me to enter this second area of photography. And… you can actually earn money with it. 🙂 Many opportunities to make a living out of it. This would be a (my) dream. But the most important thing… it was fun talking to people, being near to these fantastic horses and playing around with dogs. For now I am happy to spent time blogging and doing landscape photography over our long “Easter” weekend. Chat to you soon. Smiles. Reinhold

  2. 80%, that’s so awesome, Reinhold! Thank you for sharing your experience, 8-10k, Wow!
    The first one is a serious portrait of this Handsome creature. You captured the elegance of the movement of the horse training. 👍 I just love these two doggie photos. 😍 so glad you are back, Reinhold!!

    • Thank you, Amy. I am looking forward to a relaxed weekend with lots of blogging and landscape photography. At least the moor and woodland is not running away with the speed of light. Yes, diving into wildlife photography will be an expensive adventure. But you can earn some money with it. I will start this as a second option, very slowly. Thanks for your warm welcome back! 🙂 Smiles. Reinhold

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