Earlier this year I discovered the Meetup site and joined eight meetup groups. Most of them are birding and photography groups. One of them, the Pacific Photography Society (PPS), is extremely active, quite often having two or three meetups in one week. The only problem with some meetup groups is that attendance at events is limited. Such is the case with the PPS. That’s where it comes in handy to be self-employed and work from home. When an email arrives with notification of a new event, it helps to be the first to respond.
A couple of weeks ago I got notification that twelve members would be provided with All-Access Photographer’s passes to the Del Mar Races, currently in the midst of their run. I was the first to respond — I scored! — and tomorrow is the day.
We’ll be able to attend and photograph training sessions with the horses, races, high-society events, etc. We might even have rooftop access, which will create wonderful opportunities for panoramic shots. Knowing that caused me to explore the panoramic features of Photoshop CS6, and I discovered that it does a magnificent job of taking pictures and merging them. Don’t even need a tripod to make it work exceedingly well.
I took four pictures of downtown San Diego, taken from Coronado across the Bay, and merged them. Here are the four pictures:
It took about two minutes for Photoshop to take those pictures and merge them seamlessly into this:
My next goal is to replace the sky in that picture and then perform just the basic of cleanup tasks.
I’m not a fan of horse racing because I believe that animals of that size and age should not be forced to run around a track with an extra hundred pounds on its back. That belief is proven each year when hundreds of horses are killed (commonly called euthanized) because of a broken leg or other traumatic injury. Just at the Del Mar Races, which last about three weeks, dozens of horses are killed each year because they “break down.”
Several horses have already been killed this year and we’re only one third of the way through the racing season. To be quite honest, I hope a horse breaks down tomorrow and that I can document the event with photographs. I’ll be only too happy to show the world that horse racing is cruelty to animals. Meanwhile, though, if you don’t hear from me until late tomorrow evening, you’ll know why.
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