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First time experience of taking photo at a horse race, had virtually no time to prepare myself.
Settings: f-6.3, ISO 100, Aperture priority adjusted shutter speed by camera 320. Max apperture 4, Metering mode, centre weighted,
I have done some croping and increased the contrast as well as exposure to 0.7.

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Camera:Nikon D40x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55-200mm Nikon
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Galloping!!
Username:docfarhan docfarhan
Uploaded:26 May 2009 - 6:30 PM
Tags:Sports / action
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motorsportpictures
26 May 2009 - 6:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You have caught the movement well, but the BG is to distracting

Last Modified By motorsportpictures at 26 May 2009 - 6:44 PM

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I have made the BG Very dark (Black)
Does it work?

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motorsportpictures

And have cropped from side to side, and bottom to top Smile

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docfarhan
docfarhan  5 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2009 - 7:11 PM

Thanks scot, it does look much better with black bg, just wanted to know how did you do that?? thanx

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27 May 2009 - 1:22 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello, Muhammad. Considering you had no preparation for this shot, I think you did extremely well. The horse and rider are in focus and the background is slightly blurred. A lot of people use panning for this type of shot, following their subject with the camera and achieving motion blur in the background. If trying this again, you may like to go for a straight shot like this but with a slightly lower f-stop so that the background blurs more, and Shutterspeed Priority might prove more useful than AP. Your ISO was fine for a sunny day, and your exposure looks ok. Since you have most things nailed, it would be advisable to choose your vantage point prior to shooting, obviously seeking out a good clean background without cars or other distractions. I don't think the inclusion of spectators is a bad thing at a horse race, but it depends what you are trying to portray, because their inclusion can add to the atmosphere. The light is coming from the left, which has rendered the jokey's face in shadow, so the direction of the light would be another consideration. Just a few things for you to consider next time.
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