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On 30 November I shot some horse races at Towcester. There were six jumping races, half hurdles (low brushwood fences) and half steeplechase (higher fences), and a flat race at the end, for which the light was too bad for decent photography.

We picked various fences to shoot, depending on the type of race and the light. Each of our fences was jumped twice in each race, with the action taking about five seconds the first time, and ten to fifteen seconds the second time as the horses spread out. That meant a total of less than two minutes shutter time for the whole afternoon.

Most of my photos were taken with the 50-140, a few with the 100-400. I regretted forgetting to pack the 16 and 35, because there were some good opportunities for wide angle shots which I could not exploit.

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Some more.

 

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Great series indeed, super Anthony.

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Wow, Anthony... these are amazing action shots! Really terrific work. 

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Fons, Mike, Dallas, thank you for your comments.  It was a great experience photographing these events close up, and a little scary at times.

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Some excellent shots here, and somewhat dangerous positions also, but you have to take chances to get good shots.
 

Did you get special permission to get that there?  Photographers usually have to fight to get in this close..

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Thanks, GB111, I am glad you like them.

 

I was just outside the rail, not that the rail would have saved me if a horse had crashed through it, as they are designed to break on impact.  The thundering of the horses as they approached was somewhat scary.

 

The shoot was arranged through Mark Pain, a well known sports photographer, so we were officially accredited to get so close.  http://www.markpain.com  Having said that, there certainly were places where the general public could get close to the action.

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