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Down the Stretch
Down the Stretch

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Challenge: Horse(s) (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Fort Erie Racetrack
Date: Aug 24, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sports, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2008

5th race at Fort Erie Racetrack. Love the fact that I caught the jockey losing his riding crop. He won anyway. It will be interesting to see if that catches anyone's eye.

Judiciously post-processed. 2 layers of Lucis Art (sculpture and Whyeth) both backed off to 40-60%, curves, levels, saturation (-20), USM. A dodge & burn layer set to soft light. One final additional layer from original with gaussian blur and backed off to 20%. Border, and there you have it.


Thanks to all for the top 20 and the great comments. I figured there might be more racing shots in this challenge. Too bad it didn't make my profile page, 'cause I really dig it.

Place: 18 out of 121
Avg (all users): 6.3934
Avg (commenters): 6.9286
Avg (participants): 6.2462
Avg (non-participants): 6.4746
Views since voting: 1762
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 183
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/01/2008 10:17:44 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

LOL quite a few of us noticed the crop drop! :-)

haha, yeah...I'm thinking the person who gave me a 2 thought that ruined the shot! :-P
09/01/2008 09:46:59 AM
LOL quite a few of us noticed the crop drop! :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2008 07:49:31 PM
Great action capture!
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08/30/2008 11:33:09 PM
Great colors.
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08/29/2008 08:47:44 PM
Nicely done it is well composed terrific tonal range with nice detail.
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08/28/2008 07:53:41 PM
Excellent action shot. That jockey on number three is probably not pleased with the slip of the fingers on his crop. The jockey on number 2 is quite intense!
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08/27/2008 12:11:27 PM
traditional shot
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08/26/2008 03:17:59 PM
You captured the action beautifully. My pick for the red!
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08/26/2008 02:30:08 PM
Not a fan of the processing here, it looks like Lucisarts or too much EHDR. Nice stopped motion though and the focus and lighting is pretty well nailed.
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08/26/2008 01:10:47 AM
Just noticed #3 lost his whip. Perfect timing on your part.
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08/25/2008 09:07:49 PM
nice photo! better then all the other racing photos
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08/25/2008 08:31:24 PM
I wonder if the horse slowed down because he wasn't being whipped anymore? lol Great capture. Wonderful exposure and stop action photography.
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08/25/2008 07:47:38 PM
Looks like a shot for Thoroughbred Times. Exquisite capture and I can almost hear the 3 jock swearin as he drops his crop :-) 9
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08/25/2008 04:37:09 PM
best of the racing ones in my opinion; great composition, action, colours, focus and composition. the dust flying from the ground is very good too. 8. : )
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08/25/2008 03:49:34 PM
Tell number 3 to keep hold of his crop next time :- )

Nice shot - full of action and colour - good crop and framing.
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08/25/2008 03:02:16 AM
I wonder how often that happens (a jockey losing his whip). Lucky capture! Nice color and good focus. had corrected the tilt.
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08/25/2008 01:24:23 AM
Way oversharpened IMO as I look at the dirt in particular, you've captured a nice moment in the action.
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