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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D60
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Those few threads by sealle Those few threads by sealle
Shown: So You Think (NZ) in the mounting yard before the 2010 running of the Melbourne Cup.

This image was probably one of the nicest i got in the mounting yard. Stewards, press and security started to close in and made photographing the horses and jockeys harder. The rain had not yet broken but the clouds were threatening to at any moment. As the favourite passed me by i snapped a picture of what i hoped would be the winning number and name. It always has and continues to amaze me that the jockeys of these giant animals, these machines of muscle and bone manage to balance on these tiny straps, these few threads of stability. That they manage to do so at speeds that would terrify most, and still manage to control (mostly) and direct these horses to not just complete the race but to win and break records. Its an astounding feat of athleticism and nerve that many other sports fail to match.


Note: All the images from this day were sadly rather grainy, weak lighting, an older camera and a lack of experience at that point contributed. Looking back i really wish i knew then what i do now, but it cant be helped and i love these images anyway.

Image (c) Frances Harper
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RainbowDashie24 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist
that saddle is tiny!!!
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Teeny tiny!
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RainbowDashie24 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist
super teeny tiny!!!
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
omgomgomgomgomgomgomg It's SO YOU THINK.  :faint:   Lucky you! The Melbourne Cup! :glomp:
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sealle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
IT IS! well part of him ;)

It was really one of the most exciting days. Its normally a big deal, but being there in person to see this boy race was just astounding. Seeing him literally less than a foot away after the race blew my mind. I wish i could have reached out and touched him, but then it may have been impossible to pry me away from him. XD
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