I spent Friday and Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, photographing my first assignment as an intern for the New York Times. Friday was all about prep: attending the mandatory meeting for photographers, claiming spots on the rail for the day of the race and setting up 4 remote cameras along the finish line. Each remote requires wiring, pre-composition and pre-focusing and plenty of testing to achieve the final shot.
I was able to find a way onto the roof to shoot some aerials of the crowd and a race earlier in the day. I'm a sucker for graphic shots so this was the colors and harsh shadows were a dream for me.
This was a shot from one of the remotes from a camera mounted right in front of the finish line. It was the shot that ran on the front of the Sports page.
The NYRA commissioned a new trophy for the Triple Crown this year, and it was on display before the race for VIPs. If Justify had not won, it would have remained un-engraved and could have possibly gone unused for years.