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By GrahamColling

Down Low at the Cross Country

It was our biannual visit to Weston Park for the horse trials.  I've been visiting for so many years I really wanted to try and get a different type of shot this time.  Perhaps happenstance but as well as my telephoto zoom on the camera, I thought I was carrying the mid range zoom.  I wasn't, instead it was the ultra wide angle zoom.  Really useful was my initial thought!

However, luck may have taken a hand, because as the advanced section started the obstacles were changed and I was able to get really close to this fence and very low.  I have to admit I was actually down on my haunches in the ditch, with a 3 stop graduated filter on the lens to try and control the sky's exposure, using Live View to get the camera as low as possible.  This was shot at 19mm on a full frame camera, I am about 10 feet from the horse and rider (but still behind a fence in a safe position).  The only way I might have got something better would have been to risk my camera on a tripod in the ditch, under the obstacle, using a remote.  Even I'm not that adventurous!

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