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A new week, a new day and a few new tricks.  If you remember from my last polo event, I was not happy with my results. Not one to give up, I called B&H..told them of my dilemma and they informed me that my card was to slow. O.K. armed with that information, I reloaded and headed out again this week. Much better results and I'm very happy with these shots.  I will continue to work on my panning of these crazy fast horses and riders until they are perfect but for this year I am done. Polo season is just about over.  I'll be back next year.

This time around I did use a high speed card...not one problem.  Of course last time I forgot I was shooting raw..this time, along with the card, I shot jpeg.  When I get more practice behind me I might go back to raw but that is a lot of information for the card to write in a short time when panning...I also switched back to my Canon 7D instead of the full frame 5D Mark111, that also saved some writing.  I am happy for now and I'll be back on the field again next's very exciting have to be careful though...yesterday the damn ball when out of bounds and the horses were coming my way...holy crap..I had to move fast...I'll be practicing that also...

Last but not least at all, every polo match brings out the "best" in some folks.  Probably why I have not been to one in all these years...The tailgating is very elaberate.  This was my favorite table today...I hoping that if I get some more practice time in next year...then I can set up a tail gate table, with my flowers, nice wine, I've already got the hats and perhaps I'll add a lovely basket of photo cards, with my business cards attached.  This could turn into something big...

Now on to fall...tata...

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Reader Comments (6)

Just the action you captured makes me feel like I'm "right there" and it looks like scenes out of Pretty Woman!! :) Great work Cheryl and nice of B/H to be so helpful. I haven't shot action photos in RAW, other than a few racing cars. I'll be watching your blog for next years events - very exciting!!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Thanks Beverly for stopping was so much fun to do yesterday when the camera co-operated...and your right, when your there it feels somewhat like a movie set...horses, trailers, fancy food and lots of hats...oh and don't forget the wine and beer...I'll go again next year and see if I can improve..

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Hey Cutie!
LOVE your persistence.
I had no idea about "high speed" cards?
Fabulous shots!
And I love the ambiance and your considering setting up a table next year with your cards! They would sell like HOT cakes!!!
Hmmmmmm....keep that under your hat and stock up!
As I mentioned on your flickr site, was wondering if you wore your "polo" shirt!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

You make me laugh Antoinette...I forgot to wear my polo shirt...haha..I think I gave them all away...not my style really...
You really need a high speed card when your shooting in raw...takes a bit for the camera to record the data because there is so much more with raw...and also when shooting fire the shutter faster so unless the card is fast (like my last trip there) there is lag time and the camera can't focus very well..
Just learning as I go...Jim had given me a high speed card but I forgot to take it the first time...
Thanks for visiting....I'll be over soon.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

This kind of action shooting is really challenging, and you did great this second time -- although the first was well done too. That first shot has great colour motion and composition -- and that is hard to have come all together so well in one shot. Love it. I also love the tailgating table shot. So interesting to learn about this facet of polo. You have to go next year so we can see your table!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

Thanks Sherry for stopping year if I set up a table..I'll be sure to post...I'm wondering if this would be easier after a couple glasses of wine....LOL
Have a beautiful week...xoxo

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

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