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Adrienne Now

As you should know by now, if you have been following along, I did a Senior Shoot for a young lady named Adrienne last year. Well I got a call from her earlier this year and she needed another session. She had acquired a mustang, named it “Dulce”, and was competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth, Texas.

She needed some action shots as well as a portrait to use for a poster for the stall front on her stall at the show. For the action shots she wanted loping, jumping, stopping and laying down. We did the session and then she wanted my suggestions for the poster.

This will be a fairly short post this time but just keep in mind that 3 months prior to this shoot Dulce had never been touched by a human being! And, again keeping in mind I did a Senior Shoot for Adrienne last year, this is not a trainer working this horse. This is an amateur girl that just graduated high school!

First the action shots. These were all taken with a Canon 1DMkII and my favorite outdoors lens, my 70-200 F/4L. For the actions shots I, of course, wanted to nail the focus and for this there is nothing better than that body/lens combo. Again, as always, I metered with my hand-held incident meter, my Minolta IV-F. These shots were done in the outdoor arena of Five Star Stable. It was extremely sunny and the bright sand would surely have given me underexposed shots had I trusted my camera meter. I had an exposure index of 16 and I used an ISO of 200, an aperture of 5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/1000th. This should give me plenty of fast enough shutter speed to stop action, low enough ISO to not have to deal with noise and, since I was going to shoot at maximum zoom of 200mm, the 5.6 should give me good blurry background. I could have gone with an ISO of 100 and an F-stop of 4.0 at 1/1000th (or ISO 200, 1/2000th and F/4) and in hind-site maybe this would have given me an even better background. I wanted to get the sharpest possible image so I wanted to stop down a little. But the 70-200 is so damn sharp, even wide open, so hind site is 20/20.

Anyway, here they are:

I have taken a lot of shots of reiners where they would like this nice of stop!! Remember after three months of riding!!!

I’m not going to go into details about the portrait, above, that was to become the center of the poster for Adrienne. All the details as far as equipment, lighting and post processing are exactly the same as described in her Senior Shoot. I used a Canon 5D, 24-105 F/4L and Qbox 24 softbox with a Metz 58 AF flash.

So now what to do for a poster with these.  Fortunately, I have a wife with good ideas about these sort of things.  This is largely what she came up with.  She had the idea of a portrait in the middle and then the four actions shots around the outside.  And the curved name around the top and the City and State at the bottom.  We ran it by Adrienne and she approved!  The poster was 30″ x 40″ and uncompressed took up 200 Gig of hard drive space!  My little XP computer really groaned working on this.  I just started with a new 30×40 canvas in PS CS4 and then added the different images and a couple text layers.

BTW, Adrienne took 8th place at the competition, her first time she ever competed there!



  1. Wow, those are nice pictures, of course, but what a great job Adrienne!!! I can’t believe such a youngster did all of that in only three months! What an inspiring story for anyone who ever seeks to teach a horse anything at all!

    Comment by Kasino — October 28, 2011 @ 8:02 PM

  2. Great shots! Love the DOF in the last one where he’s laying down. So many people would have cropped the lower dirt out but I like it left in.

    Comment by FlatKnees and Fotography — October 29, 2011 @ 9:18 PM

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