My father's deepest love were the horses at Arlington Park.
As a kid he picked me up from school everyday and religiously headed to the track for the last 3 races. I became quite good at picking up multi-colored losing tickets on the ground, and also learned a lot about horses and life.
Inevitably, the horrible occasion arose when a thoroughbred fell going into the stretch. This was always followed by a meeting on the turf with the vet, the owner, and a crying woman to decide whether to put the horse out of its misery. The key to the decision, of course, was whether the horse was a champion. If so, the broken leg was set, mended, and he was put out to stud. That was the best fate. This was the closest my father and I ever came to talking about life and death, and not many words really were needed.
Email from Rob Ritt prompted these memories this week:
"Hello Richard! Well I took a couple of Quick Low Resolution images with the C-14 at F/6.9 and the ST-8. These are the "Throw Away" Framing images I take while framing the object for the un-binned shots! They are full frame and not cropped! I have not had a chance to do any Flats for the 1x1 images as of yet so I have not worked them. These images were focused using your STI unit for the ST-8. I think it worked out great! Thank You! It really makes it quick to get focus!"
Take a look at Rob's picture of the Horsehead below and you tell me if this is a throwaway or not.
The Series IV 'Stiletto' focuser really does live up to its reputation when it comes to taking clear shots of difficult star fields. Series IV models are available for all CCD, 35mm, and DSLR cameras and precise focusing is guaranteed or your money back. (That's a lot better than track odds.)
Trot on over to our website for more info on how we can help in your own race for a great photo. I'll give you 1min 34 seconds. And leave the vet at home.