Location shoot: Horse riding in Okinawa

There are huge differences between shooting in the studio and shooting on location. Above all, it’s the degree of control. In the studio you can easily adjust the direction, quality and strength of light. You can make micro adjustment to the model’s poses, and then shoot, check and reshoot until you get it right.

Yesterday was a wonderful example of having to relinquish control. With heavy clouds, sporadic rain, and several large horses, you have to work with what the conditions and the equine models will give you. Luckily things all came together. The overcast skies produced a nice even light, and the horses were kind enough not to throw Liz off their backs, or knock me (and the camera) into the water.

Horse riding on Okinawa - Liz & Makoto (645D with 645D 55mm lens)

Horse riding on Okinawa - Liz & Makoto (645D with 645D 55mm lens)

Horse riding on Okinawa - Liz & Sky (645D with 67 105mm lens)

Horse riding on Okinawa - Liz & Sky (645D with 67 105mm lens)

Horse riding on Okinawa - Liz & Sky (645D with 67 105mm lens)

Horse riding on Okinawa - Liz & Sky (645D with 67 105mm lens)

Huge thanks must go to Liz Craig for modeling, Kim Clay for makeup, Pete Leong and Eboh Ajeroh for assisting, and above all Eve Carey, Makoto, Sly and Sky of Mihara Horse Club.

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Travel writer and photographer living in Okinawa, Japan
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8 Responses to Location shoot: Horse riding in Okinawa

  1. Kirst says:

    Hey Chris

    beautiful pics -well done.
    sorry about today but it was raining so much that i thought it would be pointless taking pics in the wet unless you were planning to use an underwater camera!! not many mangoes left though so might have to wait till next year again. just let me know when you can come and i will see if there are decent trees to take pics with!
    bye for now
    kirst

  2. Jones says:

    Wonderful shots!

    100% Crops(from the DNG) available…?;)

  3. tensaimon says:

    nice, i thought of you as I looked out at the sporadic downpours, but you got some good shots – uma-ku itta ne! (hohoho)

  4. Eve says:

    Chris – Amazing pictures. It was a pleasure getting to meet you and work with you. I hope to get the chance again in the future. Thank you! Eve Carey

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  6. Wow I love these, I google searching Okinawa horseback riding because i want a engagement photo shoot, are you a photographer?

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