Well, its not The Derby, but I spent my Saturday standing in the rain at the Virgina Gold Cup shooting steeplechase racing. Apparently this is one of the big events in the country for this kind of thing...at least that is what I was told there. Its a whole different ballgame in many ways compared to motorsports. While many of the normal ideas of composition still hold true, there is a real technique difference you have to get used to making it harder to shoot than one might think (at least for me). There is a lot of movement going on that a car just doesnt have, so getting totally sharp pans is a whole new thing. They are also pretty unpredictable as to where and how they will move. I think I'd do a little more vertical shooting next time for the head ons to try to get the whole horse and rider in till the last minute. I was also a little over lensed for some of the closer jumps and couldnt really back up, while a little under lensed for the jumps further away. Very interesting and a fun experience. I'll definitely try to do it again sometime and have a little better idea of what I want the next time. Also, did I mention that, unlike car racing, you get only one or two (if you're lucky) trys at a particular shot? Yeah, that makes it a little harder to "experiment" with what you want to do. So having never done it, I didnt have a lot of chance to "figure it out along the way." So that said, I'm reasonably happy with what I came up with on the first try. There were six races, with two of them coming by me twice. Anyway, short story long, here are a few of the photos I liked. You can critique if you feel like it. I already know what I like and dont and what I will do differently another time. There are a couple here that would have been that much better with hoofs in the frame, but I still posted and liked, feeling they would have been better, but are still good as is.