Cowboy Action Shooting – Photographing the Sharps Rifle

Successfully photographing any high-speed sport takes three key ingredients; the right equipment, the right light and the right amount of luck. You don’t have to spend a fortune to capture some very nice high-speed sequences with your DSLR. Even the 5D Mark II with its antique auto-focus system can capture the “action” if you use the combination of back-button focus, high ISO speeds and aperture priority to achieve the needed shutter speed.

Capturing this antique “Sharps” rifle in action was a real joy and these single-shot hunting rifles pack quite a wallop as you can see in the sequence below. You can also read about my adventures in old time, western shooting at my other blog, Cowboy Action Shooting – Deep in the Heart of Texas.


Sharps Shooter – Magnolia, Texas
Copyright © 2012 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens hand held. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/8 for 1/200th of a second at ISO 200. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters.
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Sharps Shooter Sequence
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Sharps Sequence A

Sharps Sequence B

Sharps Sequence C

Sharps Sequence D