A fun shoot last Sunday with Alexis, Eve and Madie, three instructors from the Mihara Horse Club of Okinawa. I’ve hired horses from the club for model shoots in the past, so it was great to get the instructors in front of the camera. One of the advantages of photographing riding instructors, is that they will happily gallop along the beach without looking terrified or ending up bruised, battered and litigious.
After getting some shots of the three ladies riding I took some portraits of them with the horses. Although it had only just turned 8AM, the Okinawan sun was already strong enough to make people squint and leave strong shadows. I brought along a large Ezylite diffuser which creates a patch of open shade in which I can shoot. Alexis’s husband Michael and my assistant Shawn were press-ganged into holding the diffuser up above their heads while I shot.
A great morning with lovely people and horses.
On a technical note. If you’re photographing galloping horses you’re going to need to take a lot of shots to make sure both horse and rider are in focus and that neither horse nor rider is pulling a funny face. If you’re also shooting RAW with a big camera you’re going to have a lot of data to sort through. It’s also probably time for me to get a larger internal hard drive for my computer. The 1TB, 500GB and 250GB I have for image data are almost full.