Horse Trotting Races have been a tradition in Menorca for over 200 years and races are still held on a weekly basis in Mahon and Ciutadella. They provide a good evening out in lovely weather and wonderful entertainment too. And if you want to place a bet on a race, the stakes are limited to a maximum of €1.50, so nobody is going to get robbed.
Each horse pulls what appears to be a fairly flimsy and light frame which runs on a pair of bicycle wheels. The "driver" sits on a tiny seat at the back and the idea is, obviously, that each competitor goes as fast as he/she possibly can in order to win the race. But, and here's the rub, should any horse break into a gallop, that horse is immediately disqualified from that race.
This picture was taken at the Hipodromo de Maó (Mahon) and this, in fact, was the winning horse of this race and my friend won €10 from a bet of €1.50 on horse number 5, so he was quite happy.
I was even happier because we went to Menorca (for the second time) on a photographic holiday with a wonderful tutor, Philip Dunn and, on this occasion, I was not only able to take some shots of the races here from the side of the track but was also allowed to travel in the judges' truck which followed the race from within the centre of the course. And it was brilliant fun to zoom around the inside of the track and "shoot" the competitors as we kept pace with them at around 50 k.p.h. or more!
You can see a bigger version of this picture on "beta" TE here.
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jjcordier (75590) 2014-06-28 22:33
Superbe photo de l'animal en totale suspension dans l'air. La lumière est splendide, la netteté parfaite et l'ombre est un plus intéressant.
jemaflor (83651) 2014-06-28 23:36
Well captured, excellent rame with shade on the ground and perfect management for the light.
emka (77306) 2014-06-28 23:38
Excellent timing, the horse is in the air. I also would be happy to win €10 from a bet of €1.50. But strange that there are only few visitors, most of them photographers. So you went for the second time for the Menorka Workshop. Was it good and useful. It seems to me you do not need it, you photos are excellent, like this one, what have you to learn?
WArm regrads MAlgo
CLODO (30044) 2014-06-29 0:46
Apparently, you were not alone to take pictures at this horse race! The framing is almost perfect (you just cut the horse head shadow) and the timing so good that no leg is on the sand track. The sulky wheel is throwing sand at the back, so the frozen movement is still perceived.
jhm (138192) 2014-06-29 3:10
I like your photo wonderful moment spectacular, with the horse all four the leg of the ground.
One advice John, I would these picture take in panning than would you see the wonderful speed.
Nice action picture with bright colours.
Very well done, TFS
timecapturer (47952) 2014-06-29 3:11
brilliantly captured shot this. All the movement and excitement are here in this superbly presented image.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
SnapRJW (30909) 2014-06-29 4:43
Hello John - A perfectly timed capture and a very good action shot. I do believe the trotting horse has all four hooves off the ground!
Your choice of SS was excellent, freezing the motion but the shot still conveys the sense of pacey, forward movement. The photographers and spectators make an interesting addition to the image and I do like the group of women sitting together; the knees of the closest ladies nicely symmetrical.
Super. My dad would have liked this, he had friends who did trotting, he though was more gentile and stuck to trap and carriage renovation and driving.
Have a lovely sunny Sunday
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2014-06-29 6:02
This is a perfect timing moment, the horse being fully in the air and the sense of motion in the trap all give this an excellent frenetic energy. The light though the wheels at the back is a particularly beautiful element for me. Really nicely timed and composed shot, I always love to learn from a well composed shot of something at such high speed, I find it hard to get that combination! And the rid is dressed like Wally too :)
Have a great Sunday
marabu61 (8139) 2014-06-29 6:53
Despite the fast pace of the race you where able to catch this one pin sharp. It is a great sports picture with the horse having all its legs in the air, like it would be flying over the track. This and the little whisps of sand behind the caddy makes this a really dynamic shot. The light and the colors are very pleasing too.
have a great day
holmertz (40049) 2014-06-29 7:23
Decades ago a friend of mine dragged me to the racecourse outside Gothenburg and introduced me to the strange world of trotting. It's actually among the most popular sports in Sweden, next to football and ice-hockey, and draws huge audiences, not like in Menorca. I took a number of photos of the famous horses of those days and learned that they were always supposed to show the horses "flying". So you did really well here, especially considering that you have photographed one moving "object" from another moving object. The sharpness under such circumstances is impressive.
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-06-29 12:07
Wonderful action shot of the horse trotting race.Never seen anything like this before.Excellent image quality with great clarity and sharpness. TFS.
macjake (55504) 2014-06-29 12:12
where do i even begin with this one.
well lets start with the Red Carpet Treatment you had
how cool is it to be able to photograph the races from the inside! and its so fun to see the photographers on the 'other's side pointing their lenses directly at you.
there are so many beautiful lighting situations here.
the light on the wheels, the light on the #5, the light on the 'driver'...stunning shot!
so much fun to see the people across the track too.
one of your finest.
I bet you're happy with this photo John!
Glint (6165) 2014-06-29 16:04
this is an excellent capture and composition. Nicely captured movement and you've caught a lovely light too. The shadow adds dof and the horse's head againt the blue seating area is good compositionally. Expertly taken.
ourania (30097) 2014-06-30 3:42
I like this photograph very much, the way you've retained a perfect sharpness and clarity in the whole scene, I think you have achieved a most intriguing combination of action and calmness. The frame is tight and wide, horse and driver are very well placed and look quite dynamic, I also like how their shadows are travelling along in the foreground. You managed light and colours superbly, the wheels and the dust are illuminated effectively and become attractive. It's interesting to see that five out of the eight spectators are photographers:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
Tigerlily (3075) 2014-06-30 13:24
I don't know much about horse racing.. but I really like the light and colour here,plus the superbly moment that you captured. Wonderful clarity.. the other side of the photographers make the image even more amusing. Excellent work!
photoray (11745) 2014-06-30 17:57
Excellent stop action Trotter image, all four horse hoofs flying, close up details of the carriage and colorful jockey, and all in fine resolution.
We have trotter races at our Sacramento, California Exposition Park. And they are fun to attend, especially if winning a few bucks.
Thanks for sharing,
saxo042 (37268) 2014-07-01 7:35
This could be the flying horse "Pegasus", a perfectly timed capture with all feet in the air. Some eye-catching red details too, even the unknown photographer to the left adds a touch of red. Unlike many other Swedes I have never visited a trotting course (and never lost any money either, as most of them do).
mjw364 (7338) 2014-07-03 6:16
Or is it Edward Muybridge the pioneer of motion studies in photography?!
You have judged this well in terms of shutter speed since there is hardly a hint of blur. Some might say that it needs the blur others may not agree. I like it frozen as it is with the horse levitating! Perfect timing!
The creative arty side of me want to see the full shadow of the horse without his head chopped in the lower left but I guess you were not concentrating on that aspect when trying to capture this.
Great shot - thanks.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20012)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-10
- Categories: Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/4, 1/3000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-28 16:06