Lots going on lately and this past weekend was a blast. I rented a Canon 70-200L lens for the Big Head Todd show as well as hoped to get some useage in for the Florida Gator baseball game but got shut down. Apparently NCAA frowns upon big lenses:-( Oh well I still had a great time at the game and with $1 admission and $1 soda I was not complaining. The last day I had my lens I cruised on over to the OBS site. OBS is short for Ocala Breeders Sale which is a fairly large horse selling operation based out of here in Ocala. Ocala is known as "Horse Capital of the USA" though I am sure Lexington, Kentucky has something to say about that.
Every year the OBS has a showing of some of the horses for sale by means of 4 horse races in different classes. The great thing about this day is that it is FREE to the general public. Seeing as how I had my 70-200L lens on rental I made the most of it and headed over to the track to check it out. It was a beautiful spring day and the sun was shining down hard. From a spectator standpoint this was great but from a photography point of view the harsh midday sun was really making for not pleasant shadows and blown out skies. Because this was a laid back kind of atmosphere and nothing like Churchill Downs, I was able to get right on the track and practice some panning techniques as the horses came by. I had a great time and got some shots I am happy with. Now, got to wait until next year! The gallery can be seen here http://www.brettmissick.com/obs