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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Special Edit

I love shooting horse races. Being near Saratoga raceway, I go every summer and manage to get a Pass to the backstretch. I've been doing this for many years and gradually have realized that there is a special way to display these beautiful animals and the riders that goes beyond the ordinary photographs taken by the camera.

The majority of these photographs of been taken with the Nikon D 7200 with a sigma 100-600 mm Lens. Shutter speed and depth of field are set to try to capture the action and exposures for the proper ambient light exposure.  Also, I have learned that it is best to be about 1/8 mile-1/4 mile from the starting gate.  The horses are better grouped then, not bunched up yet not to spread out.  Also post rain and a muddy track adds to the drama.  My camera fires about 7 frames a second which helps capture the right grouping.

The magic however occurs in the editing as you can see from the original photograph followed by the specially edited photographs. All of the specially edited photographs were simply edited in my iPad using Google's wonderful program Snapseed

With Snapseed I am able to bring out details, color and dynamic range that are not available with traditional editing techniques. I use HDR mode and then the various structure and ambience modes elsewhere in the program. I play around with the sliders until I simply like the effect that I see and finish the photograph

I have printed several of these images on 16 x 24 reflective aluminum done by Bay photo. They look outstanding.

If you haven't downloaded and played around with Snapseed on your smart phone, iPad or android pads I would strongly recommend you give it a try. Photographic enhancement which for me brings out "the joy" within the image, is easily available.

Also just like we rarely if ever use silver coated tin plate photography anymore as image making progress has led us to digital imaging and more advanced, unique cameras including smartphone cameras, we are seeing a very interesting camera coming out in 2017, the pocketable Light L16 Camera with a total of 16 lenses and 52 MP!   I hope to get my hands on one!  Enjoy, Jeff

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