Churchill Downs: RIT Big Shot #31
Cameras: Four Nikon D810 cameras
Lenses: 28/f1.8 mm
Exposure time: 30 seconds @ f/11 ISO 100
All external lighting was provided by nearly 1,800 volunteer participants using hand-held electronic flash units and flashlights. Additionally Profoto 7B and B1 electronic flash equipment was used.
The RIT Big Shot is a nighttime community photographic project that began in 1987.
The result shared above is a composite made from the files from four cameras equipped with 28mm lenses. We were excited to again try this approach to our long-standing project. A single shot capture would have required a very wide-angle lens and the magnification differences of the foreground to the background would have been amplified in the final image from that type of a lens. Using four cameras enabled the magnification of the photograph to be more proportional to how the scene would appear to the eye. This photograph was complex to make because of all variables, including weather, scale, size and history.
Located on the grass track were re-enactors dressed to portray jockeys and a photographer from approximately the 1900’s. Additionally located to the left of the frame is the Kentucky Derby bugler.
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