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Old Aug 27, 2006, 5:04 PM   #1
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Hi All,

While over in the US with work we had a trip organised to Monmouth Park to see that horses. I had never been before so new I wanted to try some things out. I was let down slightly as I was not able to take my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 with me due to weight, so I had to make do with my cheap and nasty Tamron 70-300mm f4 - 5.6. It was not too good as the focus was really too slow for shooting horses, however I did manage to get some OK shots.

I was trying to capture the movement/energy and emotion of the races to decided to go for a slow shutter speed. I experimented from 1/80th to 1/160 to see how it went. Here are a few of the ones I did like.

Let me know what you think.

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Great shots Mark! I especially like #3 - perfect backround blur coupled with the horses' flexed muscles and a nice, tight crop. :G

Hope you enjoyed the Jersey Shore - I went to graduate school @ Monmouth University a few miles from where you were.



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I've always liked motion blur in the legs of horses during a race. Did you perchance go lower than 1/80s? Maybe a couple of more lower? Ifso then how was the sharpness?
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Nice panning shots, thanks
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Thanks guys for your feedback.

Andrew, I only tried a couple but would have needed more time to practise and as we were only there for 7 races and most were less than a lap I did not have enough chances to perfect the pan so decided to speed it up to ensure I had better results.

SSL, it is a lovely area, we were staying in New Brunswick for the week. Also managed to get a game of golf in on the Monday, so it was not all work, work, work.

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Nice panning, I really like #4!

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Old Aug 30, 2006, 9:49 AM   #10
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Mark,

I grew up in Montana so horse races were pretty big there along with the rodeo! I think the shots look Awesome......

Did you make any bets?

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