These little beauties were hiding along a rock wall at dusk on a beautiful 7 acre parcel of Loudoun County VA countryside.
The sunset and vistas were great but I have a thousand shots like that.
I was looking for small treasures.
A tripod was used for stability along with a 300mm telephoto lens. When the light is low and you have a cheap lens, a tripod and a inexpensive shutter release can help you get a clean shot.
Most folks new to photography have a tough time with low light and night shots..they come out blurry, if at all.
When there is so little light, your camera's shutter needs to stay open a couple seconds or more to let in enough light to make an image.
If you move during this time...there goes your shot.
Even the pros cannot hold a camera steady that long. They use a tripod. Mine folds to 18 inches and is very light.
I stick it in the back of my camera back pack when roaming around looking for opportunity.
Sometimes even the act of depressing the shutter button can contribute blur to your shot by causing camera shake.
An inexpensive cable or wireless shutter release keeps your hands off the camera.
If you are thinking about getting a telephoto lens, it can do more than make the far away horses bigger...it can do a decent job on a shot like this.
Specialty close up lenses that can make sharp, crisp amazing shots of butterfly eyes can be $1000 or above.
Until you snag one of those, the telephoto will do a serviceable job.
This particular lens came free with the camera and while it won't win any awards for clarity and sharpness...it can still make art.
Just not National Geographic art :-)
I had to put in a sunset shot.