Saturday, July 28, 2007

Western Bloodstock Sale Day 2, and the Summer Cutting Open Semi-Finals.

The foals were quite entertaining during the Sale today at the John Justin Sales Ring. This foal was really enjoying the shavings like a child enjoys a rare snow. This foal was making it hard for the handler to show the mare. The Mares won the sale today, with Cat Tuesday topping the sale at $225,000. Mare/foal/breeding packages were the predominant high selling lots. Yearlings also sold in this sale. Only those with a Champion Sire coupled with a Dam with lots of earned money in the cutting pen and champion progeny brought a high price.

After the Sale I went over to the Will Rogers Coliseum to process my images and take in some of the Open Semi-Finals. I photographed part of set 4. During this set John Mitchell tied the high score of 220.5 riding Play Miss who is owned by Slate River Ranch. I was shooting with available light at f2.8 so the depth of field is limited. Since most of the images were taken of horses from the side, the depth of field issue was not as critical. The image below is Kobie Wood riding Bets Pretty Sue. For those unfamiliar with the Cutting Competition, there is a cow that the rider and horse are watching and following. Since I photographed this event from the side, I was unable to get the cow in most images.


Jim Thode said...

Nice shots. Can you say what camera you were using for the available light photos? Maybe a 1D Mark III?? It is supposed to be very good at high ISO. Jim

Jim Arnold said...

Not yet on these photos. I did not get the 1D Mark III until this week.
Those were shot at 1600 with 1D Original. Watch this space the next week or so after I shoot the Futurity Go's with the Mark III in this same style.