A lesson

David J Brooks pentkon52 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 11:44:11 EDT 2010

When i started to shoot horse, in 1997, i used a K1000 and the A35-70
or A80-200 manual lenses.
Like Paul's suggestion, i found the best thing to do is find a good
fence, pre focus and shoot when i had what i wanted.

I pretty much still do that today, even with AF lenses.

Practice practice


On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM, Eric Weir <eeweir at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> Last night I took my camera, a *ist DS, to one of the sites of a recreation program we run, an outdoor basketball court, in a community that's about 80 percent low-income, half African American and half refugees literally from all over the world. I plunked myself down on a bench on the shaded end of the court, under one of the baskets. The other end was still in direct sunlight.
> I had my 50mm M on the camera, set for continuous shooting. It was my first attempt at real action photography. Trying to keep focus while the kids moved from one end of the court to the other, to maintain proper exposure as they moved in and out of shadow, and to do it all manually was a real challenge. I kept forgetting punch the exposure lock button to reset the shutter speed as kids moved around. My feeble attempts at framing shots were largely ineffective.
> I've only skimmed the images in the camera. There are a handful the kids would find interesting, but nothing that would impress anyone here. I'm not disappointed. It was experience. I can get pointers here and from books, etc., but it is experience that will teach me, that will make other sources of information meaningful.
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