Kerry McFarlane  

Surge to the Line by Kerry McFarlane

September 2023 - Surge to the Line

September 2023 - Kerry McFarlane


About the Image(s)

Title: Surge to the Line

Shot at a local race meeting with the horses battling to be first to the finish line. Hoping this image would be suitable for a PJ competition?

Camera and Lens: Nikon Z8 Nikor 70 - 200 f2.8 at 87mm
Settings: ISO 200 f5.6 1/1500sec

5 comments posted

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Kerry, You have a nice image showing the action from a low perspective. It is sharp and showing nice muscle definition on the legs of the horses. Exposure is spot on and colorful jerseys are nice. It is certainly suitable for PJ however I think the third horse in the rear may distract from the score. Obviously there is nothing you can do about that though. Bruce   Posted: 09/02/2023 11:58:35

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Kerry, I can only agree with Bruce, a good photo of the horse race. The original is a bit too dark and you have processed the photo well afterwards and the result is optimal.   Posted: 09/04/2023 02:51:05

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Kerry, both horses in the front have 3 up in the air. I like when you can capture the running horse with all four in the air. The image is sharp and your PP brought out color and detail. There is nothing we can do with the amputated horse.   Posted: 09/07/2023 18:08:23
Don James   Don James
Agree with your thoughts, Isaac. I like the retouched image vs. the original as well. Nice job.

Kerry, you must have been pretty close to get this shot at 87mm. My only question - how do you like shooting with the Z8?   Posted: 09/18/2023 22:12:01

Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi Kerry. Your photo brings nostalgic memories back to me of my early 20's when I would go to every horse race meeting around Melbourne and surrounding areas spending most time in the bar with little money left. Unfortunately, I have never taken a photo of horse racing a shame as I lived only 1 kilometre from Flemington Racecourse.
Your photo is a great shot of two horses in full flight. As a possible improvement I could suggest that you photograph at the finishing post especially with the post in the background, many newspaper shots are like this showing the short half head finish wow factor, assuming you are allowed this access right. Another possible way to eliminate the 3rd half horse is to take the shot more directly on down the track past the finishing post in this case you will need more that 87mm, the more mm the better. This would give you a face on photo of the two leading horses who would be blocking views of horses behind, and still retaining the finishing post. In a previous post Isaac submitted something like I am writing now with horse racing.   Posted: 09/12/2023 18:32:07


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