Jody Coker  

Early Lead by Jody Coker

September 2021 - Early Lead

September 2021 - Jody Coker


About the Image(s)

This months photo was taken recently at Louisiana Downs. This was the second race of the day and went off at 4PM so the light was really bright very harsh. I set up hand holding about 30 yard from the starting gate to get shots of the horses as they were leaving the gate. This one was shot as the past me and as you can see the pack was still pretty tight. I was shooting in RAW and JPG, the before is the JPG SOC, post was done on the Raw file with Affinity photo and printed for my local camera club. Editing included doing tonal and brightness adjustments on the background separately from the ones done to the horse and riders.
Camera setting 100-400 lens 2 182mm, 1/1,600 @ f7.1 ISO 640

10 comments posted

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
It is a beautiful picture, right angle, the only thing I could suggest it is make bagground a little be blur.   Posted: 09/01/2021 18:39:06
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
good idea, thanks   Posted: 09/01/2021 19:38:41

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
Your camera nicely froze the rapid action. I think I'd like the image more if you had panned the camera with the horses so that the background showed blurring in the direction of motion. If you had panned, a slower shutter speed might also have allowed the legs and hooves to be motion blurred a bit as well so that not only do you have the nice tight group of horses and riders, the image gives a feel of motion and speed.   Posted: 09/02/2021 11:56:41
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Thanks Robert
I agree that panning would add a nice degree action to the image. But also having that "moment in time" frozen has its appeal too. This was my first time photographing the races and being the only race that day with the gate close to the grandstand I choose to go with the fast shutter to freeze the moment the gates opens. I'm planning on going back out with the hopes of catching a similar seen using the panning technique.

  Posted: 09/02/2021 14:41:12
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
I agree with you. It was presumptuous of me to have assumed that you wished to convey the speed of the galloping horses. Equally valid and interesting is freezing that motion as you succeeded in doing.   Posted: 09/02/2021 15:36:33
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Your original comment was perfectly valid and taken as so. This whole thing got me wondering if I can set two of the custom shooting mode for just such a situation. One set to freeze the action at the gate and the second a bit slow for the pan as they run by. I would just need to swap over, I'll have to work on that LOL   Posted: 09/02/2021 17:47:03

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Great fun to photograph horses at the track. We have gone a couple of times to one not far from us. I think you did an excellent job with this. I noticed you removed a couple of power lines in the background. There is still part of one pole over the head of number 6 jockey on the left. Easy fix.   Posted: 09/04/2021 15:12:55
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
LOL, good catch   Posted: 09/04/2021 19:55:49

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Great action shot! I see what Dorinda mentioned, so yeah, I would remove that. My only thing would be #7. The feet on his horse are cut off. Looking at your original, I see that the rail is blocking that part. I agree the rail needed to go though.   Posted: 09/14/2021 07:48:54

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Nice sharp capture of action Your original shot works better for me of course with power lines removed as well as front rail If you had the same shot with less room in front of top horse and the while tail and legs of number 7 I think it would work even better With this photo you could crop in further from our right and clone in the rest of the tail and hooves of 7
I think having all of 7 makes a more dramatic image
If you do all this alteration you could also use a motion filter to mimic panning or just blur the background more after selecting it   Posted: 09/18/2021 14:07:46


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