Yesterday I covered the first show for Tadley & Diustrict Riding Club. The event was held indoors. Having checked out the venue a couple of weeks ago I was sure that the the weather would be better and thus the light levels higher. Unfortunately I was wrong. I drove there through light and heavy rain, at one stage through flooded roads to get there just after 09:00, to get shots of people warming up before the event which started at 10:08. Before the event started we had the first snowfall. The flakes that came down were huge, some bigger than the palm of my hand, fortunately it did not lay.
Overall the day went well although due to the bad weather there were a number of withdrawals and "no shows". I had two problems, one cold, despite wearing 4 layers up top and three below I was not hot, and my hands, feet and face got so cold. The other problem was light, there were lights in the arena, but I had to wind up the iso far higher than I wanted and even then at times I was working on a shutter speed of 1/25th when I really need to be 1/125th, I was working with a "fast" lens virtually wide open to try and get the shutter speed up. The result of all this is that many of the images are not a crisp as I would like, more "pictorial" and pretty than an accurate record of the horse and riders.