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Old Mar 6, 2009, 6:17 AM   #1
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From the last week of January through the last week of April, the ponies are the single biggest attraction in Hot Springs. This shot was taken from the top of the mountain tour of Oaklawn Park, one of the nation's oldest and most successful thoroughbred tracks. Haze was a problem because of the distance of the shot (well over a mile, shot with the Bigma at full length), but the perspective was not the way you normally see the track.



I didn't feel like fighting the crowds, paying the parking, etc. to get a fresh shot, so I went to the archives to get a more conventional shot.



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I would imagine that the local economy gets a big boost from the race track. You did well to get that shot with you Bigma.
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Old Mar 7, 2009, 3:00 AM   #3
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Pau;,

Given what the BIGMA was up against I'd ssay pretty well done. Your seond shot really captures the intensity of the sport.

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Paul, I like both shots but, with your permission, I would like to play with the first. There is a technique where some extreme numbers in the parameters for unsharp mask will result in eliminating a lot of the haze. However, if one is not careful, the extreme numbers can quickly muddy up the photo. I'll see what I can do and post the results.

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Paul, I like both shots but, with your permission, I would like to play with the first. There is a technique where some extreme numbers in the parameters for unsharp mask will result in eliminating a lot of the haze. However, if one is not careful, the extreme numbers can quickly muddy up the photo. I'll see what I can do and post the results.

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Please do! And let me know your parameter numbers.. If you'd rather play with the original, full-size image, here is a link where you can download.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3607/...44494fd9_o.jpg

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