As my readers may or may not have noticed, I did not fare so well in the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance photo contest.
My goal was to get one of my three photos out of the first round, but it wasn’t to be. That said, thank you very much to the seven or eight of you who cast your votes for my shots.
That brings us to the annual stroking of my ego that is my own “Photo of the Year” contest. It’s pretty hard for me to lose this one.
Just about every photo you see on this site was taken with yours truly at the helm (except for the photo of myself on the “about” page, where I set the ten-second timer and ran really fast). Over the last year, I have taken thousands of photos at tracks across the Midwest and filled a towering stack of photo albums with scenes from my travels.
This year brought an upgrade to my equipment, when I finally retired my tiny point-and-shoot and graduated to a Kodak EasyShare Z980. All of a sudden, I had 24x zoom and could fire off a ludicrous number of shots in only a few seconds. The quality and quantity of my photos skyrocketed, and I’d like to think it improved the quality of this blog dramatically. If anything else, it made me feel more professional.
Behind the jump are some of my favorite shots I’ve taken from the last year. Hopefully you will enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.
To vote for your favorite, simply consult the poll on the sidebar to the right. I haven’t set any kind of deadline at the moment, but there will be fair warning when I get ready to close the poll.
And now without further ado…
(Photos listed in chronological order)
#10 – Stumbled Start
Lee Gates tries to hang on as his mount, Orieal (2), takes a nose dive coming out of the gates at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Gates would stay aboard Orieal and finish the race.
Date: July 19, 2009
#13 – Blanket Finish
A field of Thoroughbreds barrels five-wide to the finish in a two-furlong contest at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Busheler (5) would get up in the final jump to win by a neck.
Date: August 2, 2009
#15 – Stretch Duel
Im A Corona (2) and Mike Holmes battle Luckys Rambler (1) and Rafael Fernandez to the finish line at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Im A Corona would emerge victorious.
Date: September 27, 2009