I'm all about country. If it has horses, cowboys, cowgirls, bulls, country musicians, or traveling in or out in the country (any country), I’m interested in photographing it! I also have a love of teaching. I am based in Phoenix in the wonderful state of Arizona. I invite you to visit my links below.
Every year Turf
Paradise in Phoenix offers up camel and ostrich racing, this time between
races six and seven. Oh yes, there was
horse racing too.
Eric Wilson from Indianapolis
While shooting near the paddock area where the horses
and jockeys come out, I talked with a nice fellow with a camera.He is Eric
Wilson from Indianapolis, who was in town on vacation.Eric told me he primarily photographed
weddings and portraits so he wanted to know what type of settings worked best
at the racetrack.
Great question!It made me stop and think what settings I prefer when photographing at
I use a Canon 5D Mark III and my lens of choice today
was the Canon 70-300mm.I brought along
the Tamron 1.4x extender, which I ended up not using very much.The 300mm was reach enough.My normal perch is in the upper deck, in the
shade (it was hot and sunny).
I tended to shoot wide-open f/2.8 or so, ISO 100, and
1/1000 of a second shutter speed to freeze the action. On a few of the shots I used MacPhun’s Focus2Pro (to add bokeh or out of focus
to some elements) and SnapHeal Pro (to get rid of extraneous objects in the
photo). On a few other photos I used
both Photomatrix Pro and Google’s HDR Efex
program. I will tell you sometimes when
I’m not all that happy with a shot, I apply some HDR toning to see if I can