Here’s some photos from the Galway Races Summer Festival. It was only my second outing with my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 sports lens so I’m still getting to grips with it.
They’re far from great, not even that good. I was there for 2 races only (free in for last two races) so I didn’t have much time to plan where to stand etc. So most of the photos are from the same vantage point.
(Galway Races 2009): These are my best action photos from the Galway Races. The Galway Races are a massive social event in Galway and the town turns into a party zone for the week with many people not even visiting the races, just partying.
For these photos I was using my bridge camera (Panasonic FZ28) so i had a great zoom but the trade off was a low-ish aperture. This year (2011) I’ll have my Dslr (Pentax K-7) and a range of lenses but no ‘sports lens’ (70-200 f2.8 lens) so I’ll either have to use my 17-50mm f2.8 or the standard 18-250mm lens.
I’m looking forward to the Galway Races this year already; I have better equiptment so I’ll be able to compare some photos with these ones and see if there’s any improvement. Hopefully in a year or two I’ll have a sports lens and then won’t have any excuse not to capture the ‘perfect’ action photo.
One of these photos was featured on livesport.ie website.