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Kentucky Derby Field 2010 by 1pen Kentucky Derby Field 2010 by 1pen
Found this old one in my archive as I was sorting through it this week.   I took this shot exactly four years ago (and one day) with a Canon Rebel T2i and a KIT LENS.   It kind of hit me hard finding this again. This shot is one of the very first shots I EVER took with a dSLR.  I bought the camera because I was going to the Derby and there was no way I was going to take photos with a point-n-shoot.  So I bought a canon rebel.  I read the manual on the plane ride over.  I took photos.  Now I do it for a living.  HA! Would love to go back again and get to do a side-by-side comparison with where I'm at now.  Hope I've improved.  Doubtful. :giggle:

Of all the sports I've covered since, the world cups and championships and trials, the Kentucky Derby remains the most spectacular sporting event I have ever seen.  Nothing compares. No matter how mixed my feelings may be about this sport, and about most sports if we're being completely honest, this truly is the greatest two minutes in sports.

I love my job, and I'm very fond of the athletes I work with. All images are ęcopyright 1pen and my sports media company.You may NOT use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.
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:iconfalcolf:
Falcolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I don't think anything can compare to a whole bunch of horses running as fast as they can in a big pack like a cavalry charge. :D
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Nope.  It's the most incredible sporting event I've ever seen at least.
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birdsivu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is a magnificent photograph!  Hat is off to you, great work!
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot to get all the derby field in the frame.   I've considered going to school or taking course to improve myself, and maybe find a part time photography job.
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I never went to school for photography. Nothing is a better teacher than just doing it. :)  And, frankly, you can find anything you need to know by just reading the manual or watching a few youtube videos.
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Artist
REPLAY....2014..
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
:)
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 11, 2014   Photographer
A Rebel and a kit lens? Blasphemy!
I think you should go for a comparison shot next year.  :nod:
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
For sports photography? Pretty much.  :giggle: Course I didn't know that back then.

I'd like to that's for sure. :D
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ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally think you've gotten better. But this is still a spectacular shot!
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1pen Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
:giggle: Thanks, Nam.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like there was a little rain :D
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Just a little. ;)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Panhead0422 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice capture here. Great Detail in catching the mud flying. 
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1pen Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Panhead0422 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome, it was a great shot.l 
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vagamundo13 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
As much as I disagree with you about great sports, I have to admit that this shot is AMAZING!!! Great work!!!
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that's so awesome!  And muddy XD
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1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! It was. I remember it rained torrential rain all day until the moment they began singing "My Old Kentucky Home" then all of a sudden the clouds parted...for that race and that race only.  That's why I was able to get that gorgeous light brightening up the whole scene despite the mud. :D
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that's like a perfect moment, one of those epiphanies or whatever :la:
did you watch the race this year? :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Dynamic work :clap:
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :heart:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
You got that with a kit lens?! Awesome! :omg:
It's so weird seeing your username sans the heart symbol. :D
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1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Kit lenses can be great.  I spent my entire first season in pro-hockey with them.  And I'm glad I did, because it taught me not to depend on quality equipment to turn out quality shots. I'm only surprised I managed considering it's a sports setting, and most kit lenses have environmental struggles when it comes to sports (of course, I didn't know that then, I just used what I had).

I know.  Can't wait to meet our next CV though. :D
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Silharai Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Are you going tomorrow?! Who do you think is going to win? This is a fabulous shot!
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1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
I WISH.  I've been so busy with winter olympic sports, I've let a lot of my horse racing fall to the side.  Only recently have I started seeking out the racing jobs again so I'm hoping I'll get to do a major race sometime in the future.  It is VERY difficult to land work for the Derby but those sorts of odds have never stopped me before. :D 
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Bravo :D

Is it raining or is that just 'splatter'?
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1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
It was raining very heavily that entire day, but stopped just minutes before the race.  :)
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
I see. Been raining here a lot today as well ;)
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I was just talking to someone today about my dream to photograph one of the Jewels of the Triple Crown from either the first turn, or coming into the Stretch! :D  Your shot is tight (which is good) so I can't tell if this is the 3rd turn or the Stretch (or neither).  And you got mud!  I think that mud adds to the drama! :D 
Great shot!
:nod:

P. S.  Actually, this could be any of the turns.  Now that I look at the image more closely, it seems more likely the 1st or 2nd turn.  That's because there are so many of them so bunched up, that's more likely early in the race, and second, they're not super-muddy yet. :D  Now I'm intrigued, so you have to give us the full scoop as to where you were! :D
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1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Good observations! It was the clubhouse turn (first turn) which was awesome because it meant I could get both forward and lateral points-of-view of the race, and key moments of the race (start, first turn, stretch run, finish, victorious return by Super Saver & Calvin Borel).   There really is nothing like the Kentucky Derby. You have to see, smell, hear it in person.  I can't adequately describe it. It is beyond description.
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes!  I hear that the Churchill Downs experience for any race is great, but that the Derby rivals the World Series Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, or Stanley Cup Final Game 7 at the old Forum in Montreal.  I'm from Baltimore - home of the Preakness, which is cool.  But I'm told that the atmosphere drop-off from Derby to Preakness is huge, and from Derby to Belmont is staggering.
Speaking of the Preakness, unless you just want to say that you've been, don't go out of your way to go.  The track is a dump now, and the neighborhood, is a bit sketchy, as the Brits might say. :D
I really want to hear about your experience!  I'm jealous, but excited for you!  Don't get too excited!  Take your usual cool, calm approach!  AND, have fun!!! :w00t:
Can't wait to see pictures!
:)
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