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SamG May 2, 2010 4:43 PM

Kentucky Derby
 
OK, I took a bunch (300+) of pictures at Churchill Downs on Friday & Saturday. Many were work related (that's why I was there). Here are some of the Derby. I practiced on a couple earlier races, ended up going to full manual :crazy1: control, did some testing, then the sun came out! I still think they came out pretty well. Some cropping will help but wanted to show the full frame.

#1: Derby horses walking to the starting gate.
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0358.jpg

#2 Horses coming around the first turn.
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0373.jpg

#3 Running between turn 1 & turn 2

http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...DSC_0385-1.jpg

#4 After the race as they're slowing the horses. Look at the mud on the fronts.
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0403.jpg

gjtoth May 2, 2010 4:56 PM

NICE! Ol' Calvin did a nice job on that quicksand they called a track. That had to be the wettest I've seen that track in 15 years. Yuck.

shoturtle May 2, 2010 4:58 PM

Very nice, that is pretty wet. I have not been to the derby since I left ft. knox.

TCav May 2, 2010 7:04 PM

At the begining of the race, all the horses were different colors, but at the end of the race ...

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.

SamG May 2, 2010 8:34 PM

I'm glad you guys like. Posting them here they look a little soft. Don't know if that's Photobucket or not. Anyway... more from the race...

#1 The start of the parade of people "escorting" horses from the barns to the paddock..
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0300.jpg
(a little dark :()

#2 One of the women walking... I couldn't resist taking the picture...
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0311.jpg

#3 The mud coming off one of the tractor tires
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0342.jpg

#4, 5, 6 The winning jockey Calvin "Bo-Rail" Borel

#4
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0431.jpg

#5
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0440.jpg

#6 Waving to the crowd
http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/DSC_0445.jpg

I've been at the last 10 Derby's (and a couple before that). This was the wettest I remember. In 2004(?) we had an severe thunderstorm go over the track in the afternoon, but this year was an ALL DAY rain. MISERABLE working conditions.

gjtoth May 2, 2010 8:39 PM

What's not to like? Ol' Calvin sure had a time, didn't he? Once again, nice shots!

Wingman May 2, 2010 9:43 PM

You definitely captured the wet and muddy track very well--love the image of the woman's feet. I also like #2. Normally I would have suggested a closer crop to show the horses. However, in this case I think it shows the very muddy (almost paddy like) conditions of the track. Nice series.

BTW, when I moved to Kentucky 19 years ago, I was told for the Derby, to bet on a horse whose name starts with the letter "S"...Secretariat, Strike the Gold, Seattle Slew, Super Saver...you do the Math ;)!!!

TCav May 2, 2010 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jelpee (Post 1088591)
BTW, when I moved to Kentucky 19 years ago, I was told for the Derby, to bet on a horse whose name starts with the letter "S"...Secretariat, Strike the Gold, Seattle Slew, Super Saver...you do the Math ;)!!!

I just did.

Since 1875, Derby winners with names starting with "S" won 14 times (10.3% of the time.) That's more than any other letter. But "B" came in second at 13 (9.6%), and "C" came in third at 11 (8.1%).

But, of course, 2 horses in yesterday's field had names starting with "S", which is 10% of the time too. Maybe names for horses starting with "S" are just more popular than other names.

I'll handicap using data from past performances. Thanks anyway.

Greg Chappell May 3, 2010 10:43 PM

Shooting in the rain is probably more fun than shooting in bright sunshine.

You definitely know when you've got a leader from start to finish..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/Sports...8_CxX7D-XL.jpg

It's good to be the leader..

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/Sports...PRcCd-XL-1.jpg

SamG May 4, 2010 1:25 PM

Greg-

I can't pull up the EXIF data... what kind of zoom, f-stop, and shutter are you using?

Thanks
Sam

Greg Chappell May 4, 2010 2:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamG (Post 1089396)
Greg-

I can't pull up the EXIF data... what kind of zoom, f-stop, and shutter are you using?

Thanks
Sam

Those are hyperlinks, so if you left-click once on them, a window should open up with the image on my Smugmug website. You then can just place your curser over the picture and click the "photo info" option that pops up and see the details. I would just give you a link here but I'm at the office right now and Smugmug is a filtered site by management.

I was using an Olympus 50-200 f2.8-3.5 zoom. With the 2x ratio of the Olympus system vs. the 1.5x of your Nikon outfit, it's the equivalent field of view of a 100-400 lens on a 35mm film or full frame digital camera. That particular lens is also weather sealed, which makes it a great option for shooting in bad weather. I try to keep my shutter speeds as fast as possible most of the time so typically have the aperture either wide open or no more than 1-2 stops closed down. Depending on the light, the ISO's wind up ranging anywhere from 200-1000.

Our thoroughbred season runs April-July and those two images were taken last season. I've been out 3 days this season and so far and we've had good weather, but you can bet the first time we don't, if I can get out there, I will! I usually post quite a few images during the season, but in a different forum..

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...right-you.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...t-traffic.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...-swd-ec20.html


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