Monday, May 23, 2011

Horse, hat kingdom

"A race fan checks the forms prior to the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

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Its been a long time coming, but I finally strapped up, got back in the saddle and shot my first assignment since spinal surgery.

This was my fourth Preakness, yet I was still excited to get out and shoot the night before.

While hesitant to get back out in the field, primarily for schlepping heavy gear for hours on end, all-around rock star Rob Carr of Getty Images talked me into getting off the couch to shoot with him.

I was worried I'd forget how to shoot, caption and transmit on a tight deadline, but I picked things up right where I left off months ago. And I should say, I had a lot of freedom to do my thing which gave me a lot of confidence and made working a hell of a good time.

My roll was to simply shoot features and shoot the race head-on with a 600mm. I was on my feet a solid 12 hours, trekking all around the grandstands, infield, on the roof, along the rail, and up-and-down stairs, lots of stairs.

Finished the day with a couple cold ones and some Aleve. Not sure which helped, but I certainly felt good the day afterward which was a pleasant surprise.

2 Comments:

OpenID Brian Scott said...

Nice job. I love this.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger mike said...

nice work patrick. yes rob is a rock star, old friend of mine.

Friday, May 27, 2011 9:45:00 PM  

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