Somehow, despite working as a sports photographer for a good few years and around horses for almost as long I haven’t covered horse racing, that is until last Saturday. I was asked to do the Eider Chase in Newcastle, a simple and basic brief of jumping action was all I was given. I already spend half my week in Newcastle, so for once little travel was involved and the day proved to be bright and sunny, with plenty of drifting clouds to play havoc with the exposures!
Once I had worked out the format, it soon became an enjoyable day at the races, if you pardon the pun!
I had a few shoots in mind, and almost as soon as I walked out on to the course I kicked myself for forgetting my remote set up! Not the end of the world, it just meant I had to get down in the dirt, in fact I’m sure it makes for better photos!
The day finished on the flat and with the light quickly fading, I had to drop a quick panning shot in to the bag.
Its always good to shoot something different, even more so when you enjoy it. I picked a fixtures list up as I left, I think I’ll be back for another day of racing later in the year.