Virginia International Gold Cup Steeplechase

PhyxiusPhyxius SmugMug Support SpecialistHuntingtown, MarylandPosts: 1,365Registered Users Major grins
edited October 28, 2015 in Sports
This past weekend was the 69th Virginia International Gold Cup Steeplechase races at Great Meadow, the Plains, Virginia. I've only had a chance to get a few pictures from some early races up so the lighting was still kind of harsh, but here are a few. :) And, the watermarks are in place because I post many pictures to an equestrian forum and have (on more than one occasion) had people "borrow" pictures.


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Any tips for the future with the BRIGHT sunlight and DARK shadows (since I was stuck on the wrong side of the track)? I played with settings most of the day and didn't really have much luck with any of them.

I was using a Nikon D50 with the Nikkor 70-300mm cheap-o lens. (Hopefully by next year I can upgrade the lens.)
Christina Dale
SmugMug Support Specialist - www.help.smugmug.com

http://www.phyxiusphotos.com
Equine Photography in Maryland - Dressage, Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers

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  • PhyxiusPhyxius SmugMug Support Specialist Huntingtown, MarylandPosts: 1,365Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 23, 2006
    Also, before the races the US Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs put on a demonstration. Leap Frog website - http://www.leapfrogs.navy.mil/

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    Christina Dale
    SmugMug Support Specialist - www.help.smugmug.com

    http://www.phyxiusphotos.com
    Equine Photography in Maryland - Dressage, Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers
  • Steve CaviglianoSteve Cavigliano SmugFlash Posts: 3,599Super Moderators moderator
    edited October 23, 2006
    Christina, U dun gud thumb.gifthumb.gif

    Tough, tough lighting. All you can do is shoot in RAW and/or try to do the best you can during post-processing ne_nau.gif

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    My qucik edit could have been done better and easier using a RAW file. But you get the idea :D

    Steve
    SmugMug Support Hero
  • PhyxiusPhyxius SmugMug Support Specialist Huntingtown, MarylandPosts: 1,365Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 23, 2006
    Christina, U dun gud thumb.gifthumb.gif

    Tough, tough lighting. All you can do is shoot in RAW and/or try to do the best you can during post-processing ne_nau.gif


    My qucik edit could have been done better and easier using a RAW file. But you get the idea :D

    Steve

    Thanks!! :) Yeah, my camera can shoot RAW, but the program Nikon provides doesn't actually EDIT the picture, just converts it (so what's the point? unless I'm missing something within the program which is totally possible.) I don't have the PS that can edit RAW, so I've just been shooting JPEG. Guess I'm going to have to upgrade my PS, huh?headscratch.gifthumb.gif
    Christina Dale
    SmugMug Support Specialist - www.help.smugmug.com

    http://www.phyxiusphotos.com
    Equine Photography in Maryland - Dressage, Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers
  • Steve CaviglianoSteve Cavigliano SmugFlash Posts: 3,599Super Moderators moderator
    edited October 24, 2006
    Phyxius wrote:
    Thanks!! :) Yeah, my camera can shoot RAW, but the program Nikon provides doesn't actually EDIT the picture, just converts it (so what's the point? unless I'm missing something within the program which is totally possible.) I don't have the PS that can edit RAW, so I've just been shooting JPEG. Guess I'm going to have to upgrade my PS, huh?headscratch.gifthumb.gif

    Christina,
    Yeah, I think you need to look into what your Nikon converter is cabable of. You should be able to change exposure and easily adjust white balance. If it doesn't let you do that, then maybe it's time to upgrade to Elements 5.0. :D

    Steve
    SmugMug Support Hero
  • esheatoesheato Big grins Northern VirginiaPosts: 50Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 27, 2015
    Hey! I was there for a few hours on Sunday too.

    From the look of the jump in your first shot, we were close to each other and didn't even know it.

    Tough conditions for sure, but I like 1, 4 and 5. It was overcast when I was there between 1 and 3 or so...but I don't think I had enough lens. Needed the 100-400 for sure.

    Here's a link to my keepers: http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=255740

    Ed

    *****DOH! Just realized this was from 2006!*****
  • MitchellMitchell Major grins Posts: 3,503Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 27, 2015
  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 28, 2015
    Mitchell wrote: »
    Time warp!!

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    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

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