July 20, 2022


Sony and Minolta SLR Weblog

Headless Horseman at Hooftober

It was dark on the trails at Bit of Hope, so dark that when the guest of honor showed up, I could see nothing at all through the viewfinder. All I could do was to aim my Sony A350 in the general direction of the apparition and hope. I obviously missed his left arm in this photo (headless <i>and</i> armless), but fortunately the focus is dead on and the old abandoned cabin in the background adds an appropriate mount of creepiness. Ordinarily I strive to eliminate shadows cast by my subjects, but in this case, I think the shadow of the figure's hand actually enhances the image. Shot with a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens and a Minolta 4000AF flash at 50% power. The exposure was f/8 at 1/80 second with an ISO of 200.

Headless horseman on the trails at Bit of Hope Ranch