Race Horse - canon 20d w/17-40 Race Horse - canon 20d w/17-40

Race horses, captured at huntingdon race course on Saturday. I don't know much about horse racing but it's quite a thrill to kneel on the course as these huge animals come thundering by at thirty miles an hour.

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Edit: Added a second shot, taken right after the first one. I liked the first shot because of the position of the horses relative to each other, and how the shadow of the first horse seems to fall on the second, enhancing that 'hitchcock-esque' look, where the image hovers between real and fake. In the second shot though, I like the shadows in a different way, the action is more rigorous. (I cloned my shadow out of the second).

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Comments

  • Jessyel Ty Gonzalez

    <b>Wow</b>. This has to be one of your best shots in a while - and that's saying something. Just so great, Miles. You left my jaw on the floor...

    2005-11-20

  • Alec Long

    outstanding photograph, Miles. Unbelievable drama!

    2005-11-20

  • jj

    Damn.&#12288;This pict ownz.

    2005-11-20

  • zac

    agreed - this is sensational. the clarity and treatment are amazing. i bet it sounded awesome as they flew by.

    2005-11-20

  • punk

    This picture has left my yaw at the floor. It is pure amazement. Wonderful wonderful capture and post-processing.

    2005-11-21

  • Chris Loudermilk

    Really nice stop action Miles.

    2005-11-21

  • Craig

    Quite stunning depth of field, blurring and composition. Itigued by what you did to get it there but feel like a nerd for asking.

    Very soft and delicious.

    2005-11-21

  • Craig

    ...that should be 'intrigued' of course but my typing is worse than my nerdiness.

    2005-11-21

  • Mystery Me

    Miles, I'm stunned! One tiny criticism though - your shadow keeps pulling my eye to the bottom of the picture. However, without a doubt - this is a truly outstanding shot!

    2005-11-21

  • James

    Stunning shot Miles.

    2005-11-21

  • Mark [londonrubbish]

    Stunning shot. There are instances where the faked DOF work so well and this is one of them. Great work.

    2005-11-21

  • Michael Czeiszperger

    The picture looks great with your signature blurring & vignetting. Personally I really like that look, but do you ever wonder about the difference between having a style and being stuck in a rut?

    2005-11-21

  • owl and dragon

    you nailed the lighting and gave this shot a very unique look!! gorgeous.

    2005-11-21

  • Jordan

    This works on a whole lot of levels. It really hearkens back to the "old school" look -- 40s and 50s. Like it could have been taken on a Speed Graphic or something. Really, really nice.

    2005-11-21

  • Smallest Photo

    Outstanding. Extremely well executed.

    2005-11-21

  • R

    The shadows is part of the magic here..
    great new subjects and b/n miles!

    2005-11-21

  • Ryan

    really cool shot, your shadow is distracting though.

    2005-11-21

  • Kelly

    Ah, so beautiful! The position of the two horses was perfect for the shot.

    2005-11-21

  • Jordi Anton

    Wow, gret shot and nice contrast!

    2005-11-21

  • frisky?

    awesome post processing.

    2005-11-21

  • demetrice

    Wow. Nicely done. Great compo and processing.

    2005-11-21

  • suseu

    wow! this shot is amazing!

    2005-11-21

  • nathan

    oh miles!!! beautiful!!!

    2005-11-21

  • Miles

    Thanks for the comments!

    I was trying to go for a look that focused very much on the horse and left the surroundings around it ambivalent, as before with one of the 'swing' shots I was going for a pseudo hitchcock feeling, where I think everything looks like it could be in a studio whether it's inside or out.

    2005-11-21

  • Derrick

    The DOF is amazing on this. All your photos have this wonderful cinema-esque look to it. This definitely looks like it was shot in a studio!

    2005-11-21

  • don from chicago

    nice shot, my friend.
    and nice post work.

    2005-11-21

  • chris

    How'd you get so close? This is some great work, and the blur you added is just right. Maybe it's because of the inherent feeling of speed in the horse, but the blur doesn't seem to shrink him as much as lens blur usually does, it just seems to isolate the horse's exteremly impressive body.

    2005-11-22

  • Andy

    Amazing picture and superb processing, really great.

    2005-11-22

  • Tom

    This is absolutely fantastic.

    2005-11-22

  • orange

    Just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have a fake almost toy like look to the. Great processing.

    2005-11-22

  • David H-W

    Great mid-action capture. Really great, almost luminescent, lighting.

    2005-11-22

  • prasoon

    am wondering how beautiful the colored version of this would be..

    2005-11-22

  • Seat83

    Great Shot!!! High speed!!!!

    2005-11-22

  • Harry Simpson

    The image is very surrealistic. Best use of B&W i've ever seen.....absolutely mind blowing!!

    2005-11-22

  • Jessica

    really great picture -- I love horses! Great action shot, must've been a fast shutter speed

    2005-11-22

  • Ben

    Wow. I've been racing and tried to do this, it's really tricky! A really great shot.

    2005-11-23

  • Lorissa

    this is simply stunning. really fabulous. i adore horses, and this photo really reminds me of their beauty and power.

    2005-11-23

  • Daniel

    Miles, it's time to shop this shot around. I bet you could get it mass-printed. It is truly an astonishing shot, and I'm sure many people would enjoy hanging on one of their walls. Including myself.

    2005-11-23

  • neowenyang

    hey... is that ur shadow on the right?

    2005-11-24

  • Patricia

    Perfect!

    2005-11-24

  • paul

    blimey miles, that is superb. The processing and light..a definate "wish I shot that one" shot.

    2005-11-25

  • Saroy

    This is an UNBELIEVEABLE shot. Stunning. Very, very nice.

    2005-11-26

  • susan B.

    wowza. Miles that first one is mindblowingly good.

    2005-11-29

  • Gemma

    I came across MUTE when looking at images of the Brighton pier before attending university in Brighton; I'm now sitting in my dingy, overpriced student house. My home is about 10 minutes away from Huntingdon Racecourse. Brings me right back home when I used to go to the races with my family and makes me miss home all the more.

    2005-12-01

  • Ray

    Love the second shot. The lighting and dof give it a dreamy feel. Great work.

    2005-12-03

  • Tatyana

    Both of these photos are amazing. Just surreal.

    2005-12-16

  • olya

    i like horses so much:)

    2006-08-03

  • qi

    Hard to make a choice. But I prefer the first one ...

    2008-01-07

  • rachel

    wow lovely pic !!
    what model is your camera ?!
    xxx

    2008-02-29

  • Kendal

    This is a really good picture. its so beautiful. I love race horses so much!! i think that they are the best breed of horse.

    2008-04-29

  • ANNA

    if your not an artist i don't know what to call myself

    2009-01-08

  • Paul

    hey can i use this photo to put in my office? I'm going to unless I hear back otherwise

    2010-01-29

  • ET

    Wats the point of the pic if you dont put horses name on it

    2010-06-02

  • marina benner

    Marina ks bb love ff

    2011-02-19