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Barrel Races Part 1

2007.09.10
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These are from the Barrel Races at the Los Angeles County Fair. Although they were only out there for 16/17 seconds at a time, it was easier to catch them because the arena was smaller and they raced in a set pattern. It got so that I was anticipating them at the barrels. Gotta love my 70-300 VR lens, it performed like a trooper! This is where I took the most photos during the day. I could have easily blown thru my memory card here but I tried to hold back. Still, I'm sure I have a few more days worth! :)

These were taken at ISO 400 and all were F10-F13 and 1/350s thru 1/640s.

P.S. Yesterday's shots were about the same as far as aperture and shutter speed, only the ISO was 800.
27 Comments
????? These are brilliant action shots! I particularly like the ones where they are canted right over while going round the barrels, and also when they are exploding away from the barrels - I think the horses are getting a real buzz out of it too.
????? · 2007-09-10: 00:34
vollenda Thanks Richard! I think you are right about the horses. That first horse was definitely showing off! :) I was amazed at the power that they could burst out.
vollenda · 2007-09-10: 00:39
noptek I saw some barrel races in France. It's very impressive.
Great set
noptek · 2007-09-10: 01:07
elkegrocholl A thrilling sport for rider and horse .... and also for the spectator. :-)
Great set !!!
elkegrocholl · 2007-09-10: 02:33
????? Giddyup! Sweet action shots!
????? · 2007-09-10: 07:05
????? these are awesome Lisa... love 10...the way you captured it relaly shows the motion and intensity ... great !!!
????? · 2007-09-10: 07:35
????? Impressive!
????? · 2007-09-10: 07:49
spikepole Really great action shots! My personal favorites are #4, #7, #14 and#15. Well done!
spikepole · 2007-09-10: 08:56
SheriJ WOW you did great you can see the muscles in the horses bodies and how hard they are pushing to get going to the next barrel!! Great post!!
SheriJ · 2007-09-10: 09:19
garysktam Hey... Lisa .. which horse did you ride on that day??
garysktam · 2007-09-10: 10:35
Karibbean Awesome shot actions!!!!!!!!!
Karibbean · 2007-09-10: 10:42
KC727 Wow powerful set:))
KC727 · 2007-09-10: 11:30
photopoet Bravo. I love the way you've captured the action— dust flying, horses straining, body motions of the riders. Great.
photopoet · 2007-09-10: 13:44
storytaylor you have always great photos. I love this set. fantastic technique
storytaylor · 2007-09-10: 13:57
????? wow!! very great set! love those action!!!
????? · 2007-09-10: 14:40
gajesio wow!! nice work !! Amazing !!
gajesio · 2007-09-10: 17:58
chipotle after looking at nine and twelve, i'm not sure who to admire more: the rider or the horse. there's nothing lite about that rodeoing.

i like the pink socks in seven. cowgirl up!
chipotle · 2007-09-10: 20:20
LisetteT Belle série en action.
Les chevaux sont vraiment de jolies bêtes.
LisetteT · 2007-09-10: 20:58
Carley I agree....these are magnificent action shots! You have really captured the speed and agility of these racers! Bravo!!
Carley · 2007-09-10: 23:11
vollenda Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed them because there are more to follow :)
vollenda · 2007-09-10: 23:14
jendayee Powerful set ! great horses and great drivers too !! fantastic !!! love it !
jendayee · 2007-09-11: 00:04
magpy fantastic set! You've captured the motion so perfectly
magpy · 2007-09-11: 16:38
dweiskir Great set. I love #5.
dweiskir · 2007-09-11: 17:17
????? fantastic set! you really captured all of the action!
????? · 2007-09-11: 22:15
emmetan both sets are very very nice.... I have to get improved with action shots!
emmetan · 2007-09-13: 07:33
lghssmls I used to compete & wished that someone had captured shots like you did & given me one.........GREAT JOB!!
lghssmls · 2007-09-13: 19:04
Danett Your pictures are very good!
Danett · 2008-04-17: 08:39
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