Here is #6 of my Top 10 favorite images so far in 2019.
This is one of my happiest images to date and last week I mentioned how the subject's (person's) mood will show through your pictures. This jockey (XY Jet) is beyond happy after winning his race and his body language says it all.
But what makes this picture extra special is the fact that it was taken as the sun was just about down, so the contrast between the dark sky and the track lights make the image more dramatic. Intimate celebrations like this one is what we all cherish in the show world, especially for those who are really into horse racing.
Boy does that front line on the track ever get crammed when you are out there with over 200 other photographers fighting for every inch of space, in an attempt to get the best shot you can of the winner from that race.
I actually took this while standing on my tippy toes from the very back of the pack because my position along the track rail was quite far and photographer's who have spots closest to the front line on the track, have a huge advantage in being able to make it to this location after each race quicker, therefore giving them the best prime spots for their pictures.