Lights, Camera, Action
For the past 6 weeks I have been going to the Colorado Horse Park to watch the weekly Grand Prix class that they have. And while I am playing the role of a spectator, I have also been taking a lot of pictures. And capturing moments at a horse show, well a lot of horse shows actually.
Not only is it fun to watch all of the incredible riders, and horses, but I also learn a lot about capturing photos at just the right second. And not only capturing the moment, but making sure that moment isn’t blurry, and all the right parts are in focus. Because nothing sucks worse than having what could have been an incredibly photo only to have something blurred!
And I see a lot of people taking pictures, most of them with really fancy equipment. I see a lot of HUGE lenses on their cameras.
But just like everything, it isn’t just the equipment that catches the moment, it’s the practice of using the equipment. My camera may not be the latest and greatest. And I don’t have a super zoom lens. I have a Nikon D7100, and my go to lens is the Nikon 18-140mm lens. It is not an expensive lens as far as camera equipment is concerned.
But it works for me.
And where I lack the high dollar equipment, I make up for it in learning how to use my camera.
And the fun thing about photography is there is always more to learn! Just like riding, there is always something new to learn with photography.
And I love capturing close-ups of tack, and equipment that riders are using at the show.
Or reviewing what it looks like to go over a big jump.
And I think I have captured some great photos that I can use on my blog!
Do What You Love
So just because you don’t have the best of the best, and you don’t have a HUGE lens on the end of your camera doesn’t mean you can’t capture great moments. Do what you love, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
My favorite photographer, Jared Polin of FroKnowsPhoto has helped me so much. And while my photos may not be worthy of Sports Illustrated, I am proud of them. And with practice, I will just get better and better!
Maybe next year I will upgrade my lens to a 70-200mm lens that has been refurbished because that is cheaper. Or I could rent one, and see how it works. But for now I will keep working with what I have, and perfecting my skills as a photographer. And maybe one day, I will have capture that perfect photo, in the perfect moment.
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