Kurtis Sutley  

My Happy Place by Kurtis Sutley

July 2021 - My Happy Place

July 2021 - Kurtis Sutley


About the Image(s)

This image was made at “my happy place”, Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (No, I never bet on the horses.) I really like to go to a sloppy track. The post-race images can be very dramatic. Horses and jockeys can get very muddy. Due to security associated with Covid protocols I was restricted where I could shoot. From far enough away the image can look like it was shot near ground level. This image was shot using a Canon 6D Mk II w/ a Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. It was shot in manual mode 1/640 sec., f6.3, ISO 200 @ 400mm. I processed in Lightroom by setting lens correction and color profile and moving all detail sliders to zero. Imported into Topaz DeNoise AI and then to Sharpen AI before returning to Lightroom for final processing. As you can see, the image is heavily cropped. I finished processing by using “enhance” to compensate for pixels lost in the cropping process.

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5 comments posted

Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
I like the story and your post processing work. I tried a tighter crop, brought out more detail using Nik Viveza and straightened it a bit.   Posted: 07/02/2021 08:45:59
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Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
Love your Oaklawn shots! Your focus is so sharp. I do like Art's crop too. This is definitely your niche!   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:45:30

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Thanks for the memories. When ever I shoot horse races this is my favorite spot to shoot from. I think the view of the horses galloping straight intothe lens is the best. You hve a fine shot. d The tight crop by ART enhances the power of the shot.   Posted: 07/10/2021 16:59:14

Sylvia Bacon   Sylvia Bacon
Kurtis, I love your picture and am impressed with your editing skills. Such a beautiful picture especially considering the circumstances and distance you had to work with!   Posted: 07/28/2021 16:05:03
Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
Thanks. The Canon 100-400mm L lens did its job. There are times when equipment does matter.   Posted: 07/28/2021 20:09:08