50mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/800
I’m a Kentuckian. Call me silly, but until yesterday I had never visited Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Yes, I know; such an iconic area so close to home, seen by millions each year as the horses race along the track, and I had never been! By way of a of a side-trip I stopped by with family to get a glimpse at all the hubbub of the area, and boy, I wish I had gotten there earlier to see all what was going on, and I can’t wait to go back!
This will be a short and sweet post, as unfortunately we got there right before the museum was closing, as well as during the last races of the day (plus, we all had a schedule of our own to keep). Perhaps when I can get a good two hours to actually go exploring and possibly get near the track I can be fully satisfied, but nonetheless. Here’s some of my favorites I captured (and edited):
Near the entrance you are greeted with a very large life-size statue of Barbaro, a race horse that won the Derby in 2006 and was lauded to possibly win the Triple Crown. Unfortunately he shattered three bones in his leg in the last race, ending his racing career. This picture is edited to give a sort of dreamy, watercolor-like image.
50mm, f/2, ISO 100, 1/1600
A small glass figure was in a nearby display window. It was just begging me to play around with some super-shallow depth of field. So I complied.
50mm, f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/60
My sister posing with a neat “modest” Derby hat (most are much, much more extravagant).
50mm, ISO 100, f/1.4, 1/13 (No OS unfortunately)
The Jenkins’, one of thousands of memorial stones outside the entranceway.
50mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/500
He knows how to rock a fedora
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A nice quote dedicated to Barbaro underneath his statue
50mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/125
The iconic spires seen as I left Churchill Downs. I really, really want to go back.
50mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/3200
And now for something completely different:
The first lily to bloom in my yard this year. Couldn’t resist.
50mm, ISO 100, f/1.4, 1/160
You all have a great one guys, thanks for dropping by.