Flying in the air

PhotographerAlexander Malyzhenkov
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountrySanta Fe, United States
Photo Date2017
Technical InfoCanon 1dx, EF 70-200 f/2.8
Entry Description

Photographs are taken at the equestrian horse shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, in 2017. Most riders have very high standards regarding the horse and their position, as well as timing of the photograph. Using Canon 1dx with 12 frame per second helps a lot but still requires a lot of skills to capture the right moment. State of the art focusing system in this camera is still not fast enough to track the horse motion on the fly. The secret is focusing on the jump, and waiting for the rider and the horse to pull the trigger. The state of the art in horse photography is combining this technique with being invisible for the horse and rider, do not move fast around the arena, but always be in the good spot. Capturing a fantastic jump with a spectacular background is priceless, for everything else there is MasterCard...

About Photographer

Alexander Malyzhenkov is a Physicist, Judoka and Photographer. He was born in Russia, went to University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he started his PhD studies and currently he is working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA. The main directions of his photography are astrophotography and equestrian horse photography. Recently he has started working with models. After his graduation, he is planning the intercontinental photography journey in two steps. 1)Road trip from Santa Fe, NM to Alaska (to The Bering Strait ) and back. 2) Road trip from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Patagonia, Argentina To support this journey please follow him on Instagram: for more information how to contribute.