Broadmeadow Racecourse, Newcastle, NSW.
A day at the races. Or rather a few minutes by the perimeter fence of the racecourse. The track runs right next to Chatham Street for a distance, and all I did was to slap on a long lens (200mm I think), shove it through the wire mesh fence, use a slow shutter speed, and pan with the galloping horses. All the atmosphere of raceday without paying to get in and wasting money backing the tail-ender. I was living in Newcastle at the time, on a year's teaching exchange, so knew the area well. When I got the wallet of prints back from the chemist's (as you did with colour print film in those days), they hadn't printed this one, as they said there was a fault on the negative!)
I know it's a long time ago, but I still like it. Scanned from the original negative (not the print) on a Nikon dedicated film scanner.
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CLODO (28924) 2014-01-26 6:11
I like the movement of the image and the fight to win the race, and understand why there is a whiter area mainly at right.
You've got the essence of the horse race!
Nicou (116138) 2014-01-26 6:44
quelle compo et vue quel effet ces chevaux en course le mouvement la couleur sueprbe scène et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (20682) 2014-01-26 7:03
I like this too, a very cool shot that seems to capture the essence of the race. We cannot make out the details of the jockeys or the horses, only see their colors but of course that is why they have those colors, so again the blur fits in well with the idea. This looks like a pro shot to me, and I could expect to see this in any brochure advertising the sport of kings.
All the best
abmdsudi (39470) 2014-01-27 7:48
This seriously rocks and sense of movement is superb, really gives life to the shot. I think you have completely caught the almost frantic energy from all
of them and here's no mistaking that the horses are going full pelt. I really love the movement in the legs and blurred background showing the speed. Given the circumstances, you have managed very well indeed. Excellent pp treatment, Congrats
dekanski (2368) 2014-01-27 11:11
Noteworthy attempt! Better would be to have at least some details sharp and in focus!
trevormoffiet (2394) 2014-01-27 19:36
I can see how you like this photo. It has an artistic quality that transcends the usual technical details that we expect to see in an image. It might have something to do with the well balanced splashes of 'rich' colours that are collectively recognisable as a horse race blurred by motion. I particularly love the suspended forelegs (and slight hint of hind legs) of the two leading horses. (I have never been to a horse race at Newcastle)
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-01-29 12:17
Come on, come on Red socks. (or whatever ever your racing name is..), that's what your post of this horse racing is making me say.
Fantastic blur motion, super colours, love it.
Well done, we should have much more like this very creative photography pushing the boundary's on TE, not boring safe stuff.
All the best,
macjake (51972) 2014-01-30 17:36
these photos are so fun because we spend so much energy, time and effort in making sure the shutter/sharpness is perfect....
then in these photos we go outside the norm and forget all of that!
its fun isn't?
and when you do this with race horses you know you're going to get lots of color...just like this shot here.
and good for you to not pay! haha
Juzo (4329) 2014-01-31 4:32
A magical moment...it was 20 years ago today...There is sense of the painters brush in the movement, colour and texture. Newcastle these days is an underrated city, with some fine old buildings and beaches, a nice place.
COSTANTINO (51208) 2014-02-08 3:08
I liked your idea of photo
it is particular and original
shot with great movement capturing
the essence of this race
in my opinion this shot has an
have a nice day today and
a pleasant week end
sevy (15325) 2014-02-10 0:42
Everything is blurred but everything is there, especially the speed feeling.
In a way, it makes me think to some impressionism paintings trying to translate the movement in the frame.
delpeoples (52443) 2014-02-15 2:48
A top shot. Inventive and interesting. It reminds me of something I'd see on the front cover of my grandfather's horse racing magazines. The blur is compelling, and stirs up all those emotions one gets at the track, when these beautiful animals are in full flight. I like the strong colours and clarity. A beautiful piece of photography, congrats.