“Off To The Races”

“And we’re off to the races, places
Ready, set, the gate is down and now we’re goin’ in”

by Lana Del Rey and Tim Larcombe

York Cup Horse Races
York Cup Horse Races. In a small country town any event is an excuse to be seen and hang out. Olympus OMD EM-10 with OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: AE priority 1/2500th sec, f5.6 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
Place your bets at the TAB. Olympus OMD EM-10 with OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: AE priority 1/500th sec, f5.6 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
Getting ready for the race. Olympus OMD EM-1 with OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: AE priority 1/320th sec, f4.5 ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
Walking the horses so the punters can study the horses. Olympus OMD EM-1 with OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: AE priority 1/1000th sec, f4.5 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
Studying the form before the race. Olympus OMD EM-10 with OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: AE priority 1/1250th sec, f8 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
Warming up the horses before the start. Olympus OMD EM-1 with OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/3200, f4 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
The horses come into the finishing straight for a last dash for the finish line. Olympus OMD EM-1 with OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/4000th sec, f4 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
And they’re neck and neck. Olympus OMD EM-1 with OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/2000th sec, f4 at ISO 200.

 

York Cup Horse Races
And the tic tac man holds onto the money. Olympus OMD EM-10 with OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: AE priority 1/60th sec, f4 at ISO 200.

 

 

Gone To The Dogs

Sometimes when I read the photography forums I wonder how we managed to make pictures in the past. No auto focus, shooting film so there was no instant feedback on exposure and content, being limited to 36 exposure rolls of film rather than 128Gb memory cards, frame rates of only 3 fps rather than 11. But make photos we certainly did. Going through my Lightroom catalogue the other day I looked at this short series I shot. The assignment was to make a short photo essay of six photos using black and white film and produce six prints. The equipment used was fairly basic by todays comparison, an Olympus OM4 fitted with an autowinder, an Olympus 35-105mm lens, an Olympus 65-200mm lens, and four rolls of Ilford HP5. The film was developed in D76 and the prints were made on Ilford Multigrade RC. The images below were from scans of the actual prints.

 

Gone To The Dogs
The steward walking the dogs out to the start line. Greyhound racing at Cannington in Western Australia.

 

Gone To The Dogs
Preparing the dogs at the starting gates. Greyhound racing at Cannington in Western Australia.

 

Gone To The Dogs
They’re off chasing the electric hare. Greyhound racing at Cannington in Western Australia.

 

Gone To The Dogs
Into the final straight. Greyhound racing at Cannington in Western Australia.

 

 

Gone To The Dogs
The winners on the podium being photographed. Greyhound racing at Cannington in Western Australia.

 

Gone To The Dogs
The punters watch the action on screens in side the bar. Greyhound racing at Cannington in Western Australia.

 

 

I won’t say any more because I feel I’m in danger of becoming the photographic equivalent of:

 

The Race That Stops A Nation

Here in Australia we are mad keen on gambling. As a nation we love a flutter and will bet on anything. The Melbourne cup has been held at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November since 1861. Well today Paul Amyes Photography were present at the finish line to capture this years momentous event.

The Race That Stops A Nation
This years Melbourne cup was won by Protectionist narrowly beating Red Cadeaux accross the line. What an exciting finish.

There is a strange misconception outside of Australia that the event is a horse race. Well originally it was but with so many horse being killed in the race over the years the RSPCA stepped in and the rules were changed . This year we can happily report that no snails died in the race.