So my friend and I spent Saturday at the opening day of horse racing at Hastings Racecourse. It was my first time attending a horse race. We went right up to the fence and got a darn good spot near the finish line, as you can see in this photo of horse #2 winning the third race. The weather was great for photographing the race – sunny but with clouds in the sky to diffuse the sunlight somewhat. And the scenery behind the track is quite stunning as you can see by the mountains, etc. You have to use the absolute fastest shutter speed possible to shoot a horse race, as they move so quickly. The bright natural light really helps to counteract that, as flash photography is strictly prohibited. Also, no tripods or monopods allowed! So you have to use a lens that you can easily hand-hold, but that can still zoom in close enough to capture lots of action. Shooting the race was a very fun and unique experience, and a change from what I normally do which is shoot still life. Next week I’ll share another cool photo from the race – but it’s not a horse!