Backlighting help

1 year 1 week ago - 1 year 1 week ago #636113 by Troponin
Backlighting is something I have been wanting to work on for a bit, but weather put a damper on that for months. Back at it again yesterday evening. 

This is the first "successful" shot I have gotten so far. In the evening, the horses are tired from a day of riding, so they aren't terribly interesting at this time, however, this was more about lighting than it was about composition and horse posture/pose. I also miss the super golden light from the last 10-15 mins because of the trees (Pretty much the same problem everywhere here. Few places can you actually see the sunset). 

I digress. This was the best I could get last night with these circumstances. CC would be appreciated. Looking for cc on mostly lighting and edits to exposure/shadows etc.

I keep getting "Files too large", even though they are under 15mb, so here is a link instead. Hopefully the colors etc are kept intact when posting imgur links

This first photo feels more appropriate for the timing of the sunset. Feels less harsh. 
imgur.com/nnOhaDV

For this one, the sun was probably still too high and I tried to block out the intense highlights, but the horse kept moving. How would you adjust this shot to improve the lighting? Is it just too early for this shot? I lost the sun in about 5 mins after this shot.   The horse is under exposed, so I was definitely  getting too much light 
imgur.com/LO5RrIn


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1 year 1 week ago #636122 by Troponin
is It better to use a smaller aperture and lower shutter speed for these types of shots? I am thinking that might change how the sun light/highlights look.


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