It was fan appreciation day at Turf Paradise Saturday 20 April. The weather was perfect, sunny, in the upper 80s, and the track isn’t that far from where I live. Turf Paradise is a very customer-centered business, so I knew I’d get cheap beer, great hot dogs, and photo opportunities.
On this day, they had a spot on the track apron for some of the jockeys to sign autographs and get their photos taken. There were some interesting faces here. One thing I would have done differently was to take my flash with me for fill, but thankfully Lightroom 4 has a shadows slider that can take care of some of those nasty Arizona shadows.
For the close up portraits, I used my brand new Canon 17-40mm “L” class lens with my Canon 5D Mark III. For the track shots from up above in stands, I used a Canon 70-300mm “L” lens with the same 5D body. For some of the shots I took from across the track, I did some cropping but could get away with that because of the 22 megapixel full frame sensor on the 5D. I think next time I’ll bring out my big boy Tamron 200-500mm lens. That one is a heavy weight so I might have to bring my monopod.
That’s all for now,
And happy shooting!
Here are all the photos from fan appreciation day from Flickr