a_evers This weekend at Sha Tin... the old legend Beauty Generation takes on the 2020 Classic Series ( triple crown ) winner Golden Sixty in the Celebration Cup over 1400m (7 furlongs).
I’d have to say that Beauty Generation May be up against it coming off the long layoff and carrying 133 to Golden Sixty’s 115.
These are two of my favorite horses running right now. Both have so much heart and character.
The field for this race is pretty insane. It’s fun to see racing where the best horses have no other choice but to face the best horses.
I may be exhausted after the card at Santa Anita Saturday but this will be must see TV for me and the mates that follow HK Racing!!
I really hope that things work out and I get to photograph these two in the HK Mile in December.
a_evers Sometimes two horses run such great races it’s a shame one has to lose.
Serengeti Empress ran an absolute cracker of a race, battled back and just lost the photo.
I become a fan of these horses that lay it down and want to win. It’s nice to see. And honestly it was nice being back on the inside shooting this tight angle.
There isn’t sharpening added, just the R5 and a 300 2.8. I’m still in shock at the resolution of this combo. I really want to get my 400mm 2.8 on that camera and shoot some morning sunrises with it!!!
a_evers I was really pleased with the new @canonusa Eos R5 this weekend at Derby. The files are incredible. With a. 300mm f2.8 and about adapter the camera performed so solid all weekend.
Adding back the “canon wheel” images it feel like a 1 series body. I wish I had a battery grip, and when I buy one of these I will get a grip too, as the balance with longer lenses was a bit off. Granted I was pushing a pocket wizard button and a headlined button while shooting the race.
I used the 20fps full mirrorless mode on Friday for Oaks Day, and saw some weird mirrorless bend when I was tracking subjects that were really close and moving fast. So on Derby day I shot 12fps on the mechanical. I was really pleased with the results, including this frame from Derby finish.
I will say that the large files really allow you to crop, which was good for some situations on the day. Most time I’m cropping in camera and shooting really tight to maximize resolution. On this R5 if you hit a full uncropped frame the files are unbelievable.
I loved my Eos R and the image quality that came from it, but this is on a whole other level. I really want to take a few of these for remotes to Hong Kong and see how they perform over there where the images are used for large scale reproduction!!
If you have any questions on the camera feel free to ask!!
a_evers Low key, the front side of the track for the Derby didn’t really look empty enough for me. The amount of people socially distanced throughout parts of the grandstand made the race look like it was a Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Park.
The shot I posted yesterday from the first turn was one of the few spots that was completely empty. Ona. Normal year that area woulda been absolutely packed!!
I hope all this is behind us by next May. The wonderful people of Louisville and Kentucky deserve the Derby!!
a_evers Shout out to Baffert who made sure his wife was safe when Authentic wheeled around in the winner circle, agitated by the ribbons from the blanket of roses.
Baffert bounced right and continued to enjoy the celebration!!
The most 2020 Kentucky Derby winners circle!!
a_evers It may be a “stock shot” but you gotta have the Derby Winner under the Twin Spires.
I really wish there weren’t the extra signage added after the finish line. I would have loved to have had this one closer and focused in the in sensory of the light.
a_evers It was a wild Derby. Much of the day had this buzzing of police helicopters. There were hardly anything people at the track, other than the owners.
Here, a different look at the first turn. Less about the horses and more about the emptiness surrounding them.
This was a camera run up on a 13 foot heavy duty C stand, to get the lines of the boxes.
a_evers Authentic is your 2020 Kentucky Derby winner. He went to the front and never looked back.
Congrats to everyone involved with the horse.
From a horse who nearly went over the rail in the Sham Stakes cause he heard a party on the apron of Santa Anita to the Derby winner circle in 8 months.
I love these head on shots, but especially when they turn the lights on to add some fill!!
Hope everyone had a great Derby. I’ll be posting pics from the race.