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Old May 7, 2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Hey Bob, MY strap arrived!

A bit of an inside joke, when Bob and I met at Lone Star Park a couple of weekends ago, he had this cool Smugmug strap on his E3 that he said Smugmug had given to him. When I got home I sent an email asking about possibly buying one of them to the great Help folks at the site, who promptly sent me the link to request one for free....and today it was in the mailbox when I returned from Derby Day.

E5 and 50-200 SWD. RAW captures from today processed in Adobe Camera RAW/Photoshop CS5.

Stretched out..



Good spacing..



Large field passing the 1/4 mile pole..





A hot day, the horses (and I) built up a good sweat..



Track stewards surveying the field to determine the order of loading.



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Old May 8, 2011, 6:21 AM   #2
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Mine arrived last week. It's a nice strap - any of you that have a Smugmug account can get one for free.

Good photos, Greg!
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Old May 8, 2011, 7:52 AM   #3
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...glad you got the strap, it is a good looker and at the end of the 'neck strain' day is when you realize how comfortable it was.

It was really hot today, we spent the day in Fort Worth at the Fairmount Tour of Homes, the tour of selected renovated homes built early 20th century. The closest I was to horsepower today was a really nice 1929 Franklin 135 sedan parked at one of the homes.

This series of shots is the best from you this year, good to see your steward friends too, love that grey.
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Nice shots, and thanks for the info about the Smugmug strap. I had no idea, and I'm going to see about getting mine. Thanks again.
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Thanks, Steven.

Like you, I had never heard of this strap. An email to the help desk will get you the link. It's really nice. The neoprene material that goes around the neck really lightens the load and it's a better quality strap than the over-sized neck sectioned neoprene straps I have seen that'll make your neck sweat even if it's not a hot day.
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Another in a long series of exceptional horse racing photographs.

Boy, it sure isn't pleasant being in the back of the pack. Until I saw these, I never realized how much dirt gets tossed back in the faces of the jockeys and horses from the lead horses.

And, this is on a good day.

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Another in a long series of exceptional horse racing photographs.

Boy, it sure isn't pleasant being in the back of the pack. Until I saw these, I never realized how much dirt gets tossed back in the faces of the jockeys and horses from the lead horses.

And, this is on a good day.

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Besides the dirt, the view from the back ain't so great either.

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Old May 9, 2011, 5:44 AM   #8
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Outstanding action!

Interesting crop you chose on #4..... Thumbs up.

Over all, I think you just keep on getting better and better!!!
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