Picture of the Week 23 – Pig Races

Canon EOS 60D ,Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/2000s f/5.6 at 55.0mm iso200

Pig Races

It’s time for the annual San Diego County Fair. We went for the first time last Saturday, and intend to go at least a couple more times.

One of the rather silly, but fun, things we enjoy is the pig races. After barely getting a seat last year, we went to the arena a half hour early. We simply enjoyed a bag of kettle corn while we were waiting for the race. That fact would hardly be worth sharing, but it does contain the first lesson about this photo: location, location, location.

We got there early enough that we had a full choice of seats. So, we picked the best seat in the house for looking down the long stretch of the race, which gave me the best vantage point to get a good shot of the pigs.

What’s the other lesson? When the action happens really fast, and you only have a few chances to get a good shot, don’t be afraid to use the high speed burst mode of your camera. For each of three races, I got roughly a half dozen shots over the course of about one second, and this was perhaps the only shot where I could see all four pigs’ faces.

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1 Response to Picture of the Week 23 – Pig Races

  1. Marsha Sinkevich says:

    Seeing all four pigs is great, and since the two in front have their legs in the air, motion is suggested. Nice. But it is very cruel of you not to tell us which pig won!

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