This horseback rider was concentrating so hard on the flag that I hit the trigger to capture his intensity.
He was part of the Melbourne Cup parade on Monday. I shot a series of vertical frames showing his face clearly, but this – the only horizontal frame I shot – just captures the spirit of his task.
There is a poignant touch to this image, because we were told that this small group of four or five riders were from the Victorian alpine town of Marysville. As any Aussie will tell you, Marysville was all but obliterated during the Black Saturday bushfires in February.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F5.6, 1/350, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.
Featured by my co-host in ANYTHING WE WEAR, November 2009.
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Featured in COWBOY/ COWGIRL ART, December 2009.