I’ve been taking photos at Ajax Downs Racetrack for the past couple years and am always surprised at what I capture. This type of sports photography challenges both your technical and creative skills. As with many sports photos timing is everything and what better place to practice that than at the race track. It’s only a matter of seconds when the horses race on by and to capture a good horse racing photo requires you to be quick and prepared. I find nature photography and horse racing photography to be very similar from the equipment to the mental preparedness. It all happens so quick!
Many sports photographers shoot with Canon gear and rely on the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II US lens as there go to lens for fast shooting. If I had just one lens to own I think it would be that one. But, there are many times I shoot with different lenses or cameras for that matter in order to grab something different. The photo video below shows some of those pictures.
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Between races is usually when I switch cameras or lenses to grab some pictures of the action in the paddock. Just like on the track there is a lot going on here. Just when you think things are calm and nothing much is happening watch out. That’s when something crazy happens. If you’re new to photography and looking for a great way to practice consider a picture a day photo challenge. You can read me 365 photo challenge ideas to get some inspiration for your own challenge.
Just East of Toronto you will find one of the most dynamic racetracks in Ontario. Ajax Downs (formerly Picovs Downs) has grown over the years from a small racetrack to a high quality casino and racetrack. Ajax Downs Casino combined with the racetrack is a perfect match. While at the track finding better and more creative locations to shoot from presents many hurdles. The typical location to shoot from is right at the finish line, a place I find myself during most races, but there are many other spots to shoot from. I’ll flip back toward the paddock to just hang around and see what happens. Remember these horses are full of energy and holding it in is a struggle. While hanging out at the paddock I’ve had a number of opportunities to capture horses on the run or acting up.