When Jen told me the Henry Ford Museum was free on Martin Luther King Day I knew we had to go. She had her friend with her so I knew I’d be able to take some pictures no problem. When the time came to leave we piled in the car with baby Elon and Jen’s friend Audrey. Turns out, everyone and their mom wanted to do the same thing so the parking at the museum was totally insane. Every. Single. Spot. Was full.
We circled around all the way towards the back, only to see a brown and white horse up against the fence. I pulled a U-turn and parked to the side of the road. I didn’t care about rules at this point. I knew this was something I had to photograph.
Two Horses at the Henry Ford Museum
I decided to shoot the entire day with nothing but my Sony A7rii and the fully manual Laowa 2:1 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. These horses were my first shots using this lens. It took me awhile to get used to the manual focus, but in the end, I found the settings that worked for me.
Heading into the museum, I knew right away my plans for photographing details wasn’t going to happen. There were people everywhere! It made for the experience so I quickly changed gears and ended up testing out how long I could hold my camera for sharp shots with motion blur, to show the movement.
Not all of the shots I took were at long exposure. Not all images looked great at a slower shutter speed. I was shooting 1/8th of a second handheld. People especially looked strange when they were supposed to be the focus of attention, like the main speaking event or when people aren’t moving that much.
The entire day indoors I was at 3200 ISO and preset WB of Daylight. I tried keeping my fstops between f/2.8 and f/8 and shooting between 1/8th and 1/60th of a second for a balanced exposure.