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I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of horse-racing excitement this weekend at the Saratoga Casino and raceway.

Harness Track 1

The skies were just a little bit overcast, this allows for excellent soft and even lighting.

Harness Track 2

I'm not much of a gambler, but I love to watch the horses run.  I was excited to see that this frame captured a mid-stride moment where both the horse's front legs were in the air.

Harness Track 3

I always enjoy my time at the Harness Track, even on rainy days.  It is a pleasure to shoot here compared to the big track, there are fewer obstructions and I don't need to bring my big 300mm lens to get the shot.

Harness Track 4

In May of 2011, I visited the harness tack at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.  I was hoping the rain would hold off a bit, but as I pulled into the parking lot it was apparent that I would have no such luck.  One benefit of overcast weather is the wonderfully soft and even lighting that it provides, so photographically speaking I guess I lucked out after all.



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Saratoga Polo

Toward the end of the summer I went with my wife a couple friends from NYC to watch a match at the Saratoga Polo Association. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Good food, good friends, and LOTS of action.

Of course I brought my camera.

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Definitely something to put on your "to do" list next summer. And don't forget to help stomp the divots at half-time!

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When I moved to Saratoga Springs ten years ago, riding a horse probably wouldn't have cracked the top 20 items on my bucket list (if I actually had such a thing).

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a little trail ride at win$um ranch

Now 10 years later, not only do I own 2 horses and ride them every day, but most of my friends are also "horse people". I have come to know them as "The New Cowboys". These Cowboys are regular people, with regular jobs, who ride, rope, chase cows and anything else horse related, whenever they can. 

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george peters-horseman extraordinaire-retired school teacher, owner win$um ranch

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alex morency-high school student

burt schwab-owner-union coachworks, auto repair/saratoga springs

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carol moon-retired Director of Greenwich Chamber of Commerce

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carissa brunelle-college student

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3 moms at cattle drive time

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and that's me-architectural photographer- and mr. peabody

You'll be meeting many more "New Cowboys" in future posts. I'd really appreciate it if you can leave a comment below!

Thanks for looking.

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As a new contributor to the Saratoga Snapshots Blog  I thought I should introduce myself.

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that's me on the left and mr. peabody on the right

I've been an architectural photographer for 25 or so years, making a living photographing houses all over the county. If you'd like to see some of that work it's at I've also had much of my work featured in national magazines, books, and in local galleries.

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our renovated farmhouse

I live on a small farm, in a 220 year old Farmhouse on the Hudson River (we just finished the renovation), just outside Saratoga Springs, with my lovely wife Lu, and our 2 horses, Mr. Peabody & Leroy, and Jerry the Goat.  

Here are the official portraits of all of us. Yup, OFFICIAL!  More about "official portraits" somewhere down the road.

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 me and lu (this our official wedding portrait-25 yrs ago)

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mr. peabody

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leroy & jerry the goat
"where's mr. peabody?"

I'll be sharing with you, on a regular basis, some of my photographs, and thoughts, and might even throw in a photo lesson every now and then.

Mr. P and I will be scouring the land, making some interesting photos to share with you.

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 my little slice of the hudson river

Let me know if you have anything specific you'd like to see, and feel free to comment (good or bad!).

See you next week!


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Saratoga Snapshots Bloggers

Mark Bernard photographs Saratoga scenes and events and will be adding compelling photos from the area. To see more of Mark's work visit his Website.

JT Gilbert loves to photograph the world around him. From long exposures to HDR, color burns to black and whites, you never know what you are going to get. Website.