Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hold The Button-Capture Continuous Action

My client wanted a series of photos showing her riding form while she trotted her horse in a simulated cross-country* horse show event.  Studying the photos helps her know what skills she and her horse have to practice to gain points in events. My camera was set to continuous high mode.


Continuous low and continuous high modes, sometimes called burst modes, record a series of images as long as the shutter is held down.  








Lean back for balance and down we go.










Eyes up looking to the jump.







Lining up her horse for the jump.





Calm and relaxed.






Up and over with ease.






Phew! Job well done.


*Cross-country is an endurance test of both horse and rider and may also be known as hunter trials. The object of cross-country is to prove the speed, endurance and jumping ability of a well trained cross-country horse. The rider must demonstrate knowledge of riding pace and the best use of his or her horse on the cross-country field.   


Personally, I love continuous mode settings and use them often. I primarily use these settings at horse shows and with horse owners during their practice who want to check their riding skills and riding form prior to a show. My clients show the series of photos to their riding instructors. This gives my client and their instructor a good idea of what skill-set needs correction.


Single frame, the camera default, captures one frame each time you press the shutter button down completely. Continuous low and high modes have maximum frames per second and record a series of images as long as the shutter is held down. The frames per second vary per type of camera and between low and high modes.


Both my DSLR and my Point and Shoot cameras have continuous low and continuous high mode settings.  Check your camera's manual to see if your camera offers these. You'll love them!


I worked hard! Cookies please - chocolate chip!




27 comments:

Laura said...

Great shots! I'll have to look for the continuous mode on the point and shoots that I have! Thanks!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I love this mode. It's great for capturing all types of continuous action like kids or dogs playing too.

Sailor said...

Beautiful shots and wonderful tips. Thanks!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

That Last photo cracks me up!

Alfandi said...

Something I've yet to try...nice article...

Mummyattheschoolgate said...

I'm so pleased I found your blog. I love taking photo's and have recently awarded (bought) myself a nice DSLR, for the long years of service I have dedicated to my family! You have given me some great pointers so I'm looking forward to finding more out about my camera. Thanks xx

melissa said...

first time i've ever seen these continuous mode shots... wow!!! the photos are very clear and i could see the body language of both the rider and the horse... so contemplating on the photos, i go beyond seeing the obvious... i saw details ;)...

bellissime !

Rimly said...

I love the clarity in your pictures Mari. Always a pleasure visiting your blog

Jenni said...

The pictures are so breath takingly beautiful, nice way of walking us through it.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you all for the comments - they mean so much. I hope you are gaining some new ideas for your camera's use and potential.

My best to you all - Mari

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog - it brought me to yours, and now I'm following. I love sports photography and your horse riding pictures are wonderful! I also appreciate the photography tips and am looking forward to seeing some acrylic and mixed media work, too!
rinda

vaisakhi said...

lovely shots...handome horse...love the continuous still shots mode...:)...

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JIM said...

Hi Mari

A beautiful horse and you did a great job capturing the movements.

Great works and it looks like fun!!

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Keda said...

I love that setting too. It allows for a whole range of pictures to be captured instead of having perfect timing to capture THE ONE.
Nice pics. Hope your client found it useful.

C&G said...

thanks for the tips. Moving subkects are always hard to take for me!

Jorie Pacli said...

Awesome pics! Loved them all! I wish I could have the same quality for my photos at my travel blog...:)

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Just in case you're interested....:)
Thanks for sharing...:)

wan maznah said...

hi mari. watching your sharp shots, i have fallen in love with the horse- you have captured the images so well..that i can vividly see him as a star in action.

Mummy@Bod for tea said...

Can't believe I've never used this mode on my camera, it would be great for capturing photos of DD full flow! How do you keep the photos so clear though? Mine tend to blur just on normal mode *sigh*

emilene said...

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Mitzi said...

OMG!!! Gorgeous Horse!!!

Mitzi said...

OMG!!! Gorgeous Horse!!!

Rimly said...

I love the clarity in your pictures Mari. Always a pleasure visiting your blog

Alfandi said...

Something I've yet to try...nice article...

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog - it brought me to yours, and now I'm following. I love sports photography and your horse riding pictures are wonderful! I also appreciate the photography tips and am looking forward to seeing some acrylic and mixed media work, too!
rinda

Anonymous said...

Nice and thanks!

Anonymous said...

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