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Old Jan 19, 2008, 3:55 PM   #1
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Lots of color, magnificent athletes, and a beautiful, sunny day (even if it was 38 degrees)....how could I not take my first shot at photographing horse racing on opening weekend? The best action was not always at the front of the pack. This is the battle for fourth at the head of the stretch.



The race's winner was already well in front



The starting gate is always a good place to find action, and this shot reminds me why I once said I would "never bet on a gray horse." This guy simply doesn't like the traffic.



This battle WAS for the lead



It took a photo finish to declare #4 a winner.



A cheap form of entertainment since I was having so much fun taking pictures that I didn't take time to bet.

All shots with the Pentax K10d at ISO 400. Aperture priority mode with f-stop varying from 7.1-9.0. Shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1/1600. First two shot with the Tamron 70-300, the others with Pentax DA*50-135.
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 1:41 AM   #2
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Very nice series of shots, It's strange seeing horse racing on dirt as we race on grass.
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awesome! i love the horses, when i was younger i used to be a groom, hot walker, and then a blacksmith and even a security guard at the local track, (the fairgrounds in new orleans) man that is excitement! great shots paul! #4 seems a little over exposed, it may be my monitor. great stuff! that is pretty cool they let get pretty close to take those shots! nice work!
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#4 seems a little over exposed, it may be my monitor. great stuff! that is pretty cool they let get pretty close to take those shots! nice work!
Thanks for the kind words, john. You're probably right about #4, but blame it on the post-processing. The #4 horse was so dark, I brought up the levels a little too far in an attempt to not lose detail on him.

I was able to get a spot standing at the rail, right at the finish line....couldn't ask for a better shooting position. (A lot easier to get that spot on a 38 degree day than on a nice one, lol)

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Nice shooting trojan! Man, some beautiful animals there. I need to visit my local track. Since I have no interest in betting I never thought about just going to shoot. Thanks for the idea.
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