Category Archives: Speed

It is not just about the race

Yesterday I went to a race again. I have missed a few, but that is good for me. To rest my eye. It is difficult to get variation, not always doing the same thing.

There are so many things around a race that gets my eye, and my attraction. The friendship among the jockeys is nice to see, before they saddle up for a tough race. And they also stretch, though you don´t see that so often.

It was a grey and windy day and there are less spectators now compared to summer. Of course. But there are always enthusiasts. Some of them are photographers…

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The day I started blogging I had NO idea where it would take me. Now I know better and I am surprised. One thing I had no idea of was my interest in horse racing, or galopp in Swedish. It started this summer at Jägersro in Malmö. Now I take every opportunity to photograph. On the track or in a stable. It sharpens my sense and my eye for a new world. I discover details that I have lived most of my life not thinking about. It is good exercise for a photographer.

The competition is hard and everybody would like to win. However I experience there is a great friendship among the jockeys. Except for the finish of a race. Then the shouting and screaming is intense. The images should be accompanied by sound to get more into the racing atmosphere. I´ll see what I can do about that.

The weather is changing towards winter and yesterdays first races were held in fog. It is cold and damp. This selection of images includes more humor and smiles than usually. Enjoy!

😊  Pelle

Am I right?

In my growing interest for horses and horse racing I visited a stable today. Stall Malmborg with owner Caroline.  Since I don´t know horses I don´t know what angle the ears should be for a horse in harmony. So I am taking myself a lot of liberties here, and I will continue to do so. I am my own employer, and I set my own standard. So this is my personal selection for today.

Tomorrow there will be races again and a a new challenge to do something different.

😊 Pelle

It is getting colder and darker

It is getting colder and darker, yes. And up here in Sweden we are slowly going into winter. However, the brave jockeys are still working hard. Yesterdays race was in the evening. Although just at 6 it is dark outside. Very dark.

The racetrack where I go is close to Stockholm, and it is called Täby Galopp. Täby is the name of the place. But it is soon no more. The field will be turned into apartments and there will be a new racetrack with another address. The place has a lot of history and it is a bit sad, but the new track looks very promising with stables etc. I think that the jockeys and the horse owners will be pleased. But it is further away from the city. And for a photographer who likes patina, well. Not yet.

I have learned that horse racing is also a winter sport. I am looking forward to that challenge and I will dress warm. I hope to visit a stable during next week and see what they are up to with some new and promising horses. Stall Malmborg.

Yesterday was a challenge for photographers. The light at the trace comes in various colors and the darkness put the ISO at the top. Here is my selection.

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Again and again and now again

I went to the track today again. I am having trouble staying away. I meet so many talented and nice photographers every time, and I learn so much that I never knew before. Or even thought about. It is exciting, never the same. But it is getting colder. For horses, jockeys and the audience. This morning it was 0 degrees and there were frost also in the city. Brrrr! I wonder how the jockeys keep warm during the races? Some were not even using gloves. I have heard that this is also a winter sport. Brrr, again! The jockeys are so short and small but oh SO strong. You see them more standing than sitting during a race, and often almost without rest they change clothes/colors and horse and they are off again. Supermen AND women!

If I remember right the next race is an evening race. Colder and darker, much darker. It will be all lights around the track. A real challange for photographers at maximum ISO. Today I have also recorded sound. Hope to use it with some images soon.

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More horseracing, or dressed for success.

  Perhaps these pictures should be called “dressed for success”? Some horses has to be “dressed” so they can keep concentrated on running and nothing else on the side. Some are not especially fond of going into the start box. I have missed some races lately but happily I could go to the track yesterday. Horse racing is a sport for betting and for that you need computers. When they fail there is interruption. That happened yesterday. The horses were waiting and so were jockeys and audience. During that period I managed to get some portraits of owners and horses. I get more and more interested in the contact between jockeys and horses. The jockeys riding on several horses during a day has to know all the different personalities and know how to get the best from them. It is getting darker and colder. Next time I will put my heavy boots on.© Per Erik Berglund_MG_6494 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6650 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6704 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6715 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6733 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6740 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6742 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6763 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6898 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_6928 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_7063 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_7114 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_7163 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_7300 © Per Erik Berglund_MG_7339When they are not running on grass it is called dirt track. You see why.    😊   Pelle

Another day at the horse races

I continue to see how I can develop my images from horse races. As often as I can I am at the track nearby. Some wednesdays there are lunch races and that suits me perfect. So today is wednesday and I was there. Not only, very seldom in fact, I stand at the finish line. Instead I try to find other angles and places. The first two are my personal favorites. Which one do you like best?

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Look!

On my visits to the race track outside Stockholm, Täby, I have become friends with other photographers. That is always a great joy. One of them is Elina Björklund. I didn´t know much about her at first, but now I know more. And I have seen her pictures from the races. Not only those where the winner is crossing the finish line. That could be interesting but there is more to a race than that. And to the sport. Lots of details. When you have a picture, that is when the job goes into another phase. Saturation, cropping etc. Important! I think she is a master. I am always happy when I see good photography. This makes me really happy and I want you to see. This is a small selection and there is more on her homepage. This sport is very colorful so to go b/w is having courage. I like! To get good pictures you have to master the camera, and I think she does.

http://roccamshots.se/indexII.html

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Dirty business

The sun was shining but these were no clean races. The most difficult horse to get into the start box did win. They are often a bit nervous, but well on the way they just go for it. This is fast. Very fast! And it is not a silent sport. Screaming, yelling, breathing. The hooves sounding against the ground with great power. No hard work, no win. And that goes for the team, horse and jockey.

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_B_MG_4248 IMG_4192_B_MG_3883 _B_MG_3923 IMG_3969_B_MG_3749 _MG_4195_MG_3977Since this is hard work there are many hard working women in the saddles. Not much of a saddle by the way.                        It is supposed to be very light so it is also VERY small. They better hold on tight!_B_MG_4295😊  Pelle