Tips for shooting an equestrian event

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Tips for shooting an equestrian event
Dec 31, 2012

I have been invited by a friend to photograph her and her horse during an equestian competition. I am using a Canon 5D MKIII, and have never shot one of these events before.

My questions are: Assuming that I am standing outside of the ring, using a monopod and either a 70-300 or 100-400 zoom with 1.4 tele-extender, what would be the best way to ensure that both the rider and the horse are in focus. I would imagine that the horse and rider would be crossing the field, or at most, coming toward me at a slight angle. I want to have background bokeh, but sharp focus on the principal subjects. I am also interested in trying to get several shots of the horse and rider jumping, and for these, I want to show a sense of motion by panning, but again, what would be the best aperture/shutter speed to try to get sharp focus on the subjects with a nice background motion effect?

Thanks for any replies or links to forums where this might be covered in more detail.

Ed

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