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Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
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Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, AR.
· Date: Fri December 31, 2010 · Views: 547 ·
Keywords: sports, horses, horse race
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D2H
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikor 70-200mm/2.8 @2.8
State / Coluntry / Area Image Taken: Arkansas
Country Image Taken
United States of America
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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Fri December 31, 2010 9:07pm

I was just looking at this one in your smugmug gallery (which is excellent BTW).
The placement in the frame is perfect and the vignette centers the viewers attention on the horse and colourful rider.
This reminds me, I must get out to Epsom Downs this year to catch the flat racers at early morning rideout.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,709
Fri December 31, 2010 9:30pm

I like the contrasting look you got here between the jockey looking back towards the other riders and horses and the horse looking forward towards the finish line, the vignette effect which frames the rider and the horse and focuses one's attention on the two, and the sense of energy that is created by the horse with its hooves hitting the ground and kicking up dirt from the track.

jan bjorklund
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Fri December 31, 2010 10:01pm

Hi Garo
Very good action capture with beautiful warm lighting, good exposure and detail

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Fri December 31, 2010 10:06pm

Thanks Tony, yes, it was near the end of the afternoon and I had the golden hour of light. It might even border on being too warm, but I didn't want to make it look any cooler.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sat January 1, 2011 1:10pm

The golden tones and your perfect exposure make this a big time eye pleaser. It deserves a frame and to be hung prominently - to the highest bidder of course.

Registered: December 2010
Sat January 1, 2011 4:23pm

Wow Gary, excellent image, perfectly composed! I like the warm tones myself and the fact that you caught the rider look back adds to the story telling!
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Sat January 1, 2011 7:48pm

Hello Gary

Well this really is a magnificent composition a galloping horse stopped dead in photography always has the makings of a superb image and this indeed does that. I have to be frank and say for my personal taste the red is a tad too saturated as it draws my eyes away from that which my heart wants to see which is the horse.. that is as ever personal opinion though and simply because I adore horses.

Your position within the frame here giving the horse and rider space to move on in the shot is perfect and the lighting and sharp detail excellent. You seem to have a darker outer shade here, is this a filter of some kind that you have run, or maybe its just how the image views on my screen? if so it would be superb if you could give details of such a work flow when you upload your shots as it would be of great benefit to other users.

Lovely work and many thanks for posting
kind regards Helen

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Sat January 1, 2011 8:07pm

Thanks Helen for the kind remarks. I left you a PM to answer you question. ~~gary

Registered: March 2009
Sat January 22, 2011 3:18pm

Gary, Beautiful shot. Thanks for your comment on my bridge. Have a great weekend, Bill

Registered: March 2009
Sun March 13, 2011 12:04am

Gary, this is a beautiful action shot. Good job. Bill

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