Sometimes you just need to use a higher ISO (in this case ISO 6400) to get the Shutter Speed you want…
Shutter Speed was set at 1/160 sec as I wanted the horses to be fairly sharply focused (and not motion blurred).
I did need to get fairly aggressive with the noise reduction in Adobe Lightroom (Luminance 52 and Color 36) – it results in a little softness – bordering on ‘painterly’ when zoomed in. I chose to have a little softness through noise reduction rather than a LOT of motion blur that would have resulted from a slower shutter speed.
Usually, I would keep ISO around 1600 or lower if I want really low noise on my images but that’s not always possible if light is low and subjects are moving.
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