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Old May 8, 2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default One race in a days' worth of images..

Shot with the E30 and 50-200 SWD, some with and some without the EC20.

As the horses enter the track, everyone makes their way to the rails..



Handlers at the gate, checking their programs..



The warm-up..



"the horses are approaching the staring gate..."..



Going in..



Some need a little "help"..



The horses are ready....are you? Funny, they all pretty much look the same from this end..



Out of the starting gate and by the fountain and the local residents..



Coming around the final turn..



Down the stretch..



Passing me by..



To the finish line..


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Old May 8, 2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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What a great series, Greg! My fav of the bunch is the "Passing me by" image. Excellent!
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What a great series, Greg! My fav of the bunch is the "Passing me by" image. Excellent!
I liked that one too. I cropped it to create a second image..

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greg,

another wonderful horse racing series. passing by is really a special shot. well done
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Great horse race series again.
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Very sharp pics as always. I agree that the "Passing me by" pic is excellent!
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Cool, great story and I think the first needs a mention as this is really well done using the dof to bring out your subjects and have enough in the background to know the horses are on the track.

I think a good next step to this one would have been the emotion of the spectators as the horses went by them, would love to see that.... next time (or do you already have one of those shots?)
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I think a good next step to this one would have been the emotion of the spectators as the horses went by them, would love to see that.... next time (or do you already have one of those shots?)
Thanks, Mark.

I try to be very careful in the way I shoot anything that involves fans as that is the one aspect of bringing a camera to the track security is touchy about. They are so lenient about what they let in so I go out of my way to keep from being part of any problem that might make them change any policy that might affect it.

A guard at the gate once told me to just be sure and not point my lens in the direction where it was obvious I was only shooting fans as they evidently have had past instances of people taking pictures of married fans who were there with their girlfriends! I have shot fans, but it's few and far between, and I'm careful to pick my spots..






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Hi Greg,

Another in a series of inspiring galleries having to do with horse racing.
I tell ya, you should have been working as a photojournalist or travel magazine. Or at least, the race track!!

I think your logic and approach to snapping pics of fans and bystanders is right on the money. You just never know what you may inadvertently create or step in the middle of. I'm very careful about photographing anyone I don't know on the street. Especially, mothers with children and single young girls.

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