We were contacted not long ago to head out to Newmarket and take some retirement portraits of Zeus. He was a show horse, and his trainer Vera wanted some portraits that would showcase his coat, build, and personality.
For equipment we brought a mixed bag of goodies with the theory that the correct combination of lensing and lighting would give us the results we were looking for. For the interior shots we decided to avoid using flash as to not startle Zeus. Instead we used a 500w hotlight fixture with a large silver umbrella. This yielded a useable f-stop and shutter speed at a reasonable ISO. We used the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L for this image mainly because of its sharpness, but also because of its bokeh and contrast. For the exterior images we switched over to the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM. This lens is definitely amongst our favourites for isolating subject from backgrounds. It was able to track Zeus as he ran through the pasture and with it we were able to snap some shots we are very happy with.
Take a look at some of our favourites!