I have been shooting horses (mainly Quarter Horses) for several year
now and have used a Maymia C330 twin lens with a Lumedyne flash unit.
This past month I shot a show that they wanted proofs the next day,
so I switched to my Canon EOS A2 and set it on manual using the
Lumedyne flash. Needless to say the camera wouldn't sync with the
flash at 500. (The camera flash sync max is 200). My question is
will I be able to stop action with this camera and flash and just
what settings should I use. I am shooting Western and English
Pleasure and some Hunters. I'm kinda stuck with people that want
proofs the next day, and there are no labs close to me to do it.
(in medium format) Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Golden Creek Photography
If you are attempting to use flash out of doors at 1/200 of a
second, it simply cannot stop the action, there will be motion
of the front leg in a pleasure class. Over fences, you can
sweep the camera by following the horse, the horse will be
OK, but the standards will show some motion.
However, indoors, you can stop the motion with the same
setting by allowing less ambient light to strike the film and
increasing the amount of light that your Lumedyne emits.
If you are shooting at about 30 feet away from the horse, and
using a 75 MM lens, I believe that by using Fuji ISO 400 film
at f5.6 at 100 watt seconds you will be throwing enough light
on your subject to light the horse and rider, but there will not be
enough ambient light to show any motion in the finished photo. You
can try the above combination, and if you detect any motion, go to
f6.3 of f8 and possibly throw more light with your flash unit.
If you shoot a reining or a cutting horse, you should use a
longer lens and use your flash at 200 watt seconds. You will
be using this greater amount of light to cover the greater
distance you are away from your subject.
Please let me know how this works for you.