This is probably my favorite subject for my photography --- OK, maybe 2nd with horses being first. So I combine the two. Saturday I was invited to Heather's training barn to meet an editor for the Paint Horse Journal. The reporter was doing a photo interview with Heather for another article (the first article done with Heather used my photos that I took especially for that article). It was a neat experience to watch the two professionals: horse trainer and magazine editor work together. I was also a bit jealous of the camera equipment the Paint Horse Association furnished Laura. As soon as I got home I looked up the cost & specs of the Nikon D3 and the 70-200 Nikkor lens on B&H: $9095.95 without any taxes or accessories one might want. I don't think I'll be putting this on my wants lists anytime soon.
The most exciting thing for me was that Laura gave me a quick lesson on using manual settings for indoor arenas when the light is not good. It was a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy day. This barn with it's sky lights can be a fun place to take photos and I've gotten some neat shots using nature's spot lights. It was exciting to get action shots without blurring. I know this one doesn't have the action but I loved how the light spot lighted the dust trail after Heather stopped the young horse. Here's the photo from Saturday using manual settings for the first time with good results in a low light situation.