I bought a Nikon 3x telephoto lens to attach to my Coolpix 990, in hopes of getting some closer shots of the 3-day event (since I knew we'd be sitting far off). Results were mixed, but overall I'd say it wasn't worth it - its too much of a hassle using the lens, and the end pix didn't turn out very crisp. Plus my camera was so slow I missed lots of the cross-country pix. If I wanna get serious photos I guess I need a film camera. Don't think I'm all that serious about it yet tho...
The Rolex was really crowded. This was my first trip to Lexington for a real horse event (as opposed to models - I've been to BreyerFest many times, and taken lots of pictures of that too). I found I rather missed my familiar plastic ponies. Probably won't be going to BFest this year, either... but there's always next year.
Anyway, on to the photos. (Click the thumbnails for more.)
|Racing at Keeneland|
|Mom (left) and aunt Judy (right) at Keeneland.|
|Cross Country (Saturday)|
|Show Jumping (Sunday)|
I did also buy an original painting by Sarah Richards; she had a booth at the Rolex with lots of lovely prints and originals for sale. The price of the originals was quite reasonable ($275 with mat and frame), and I couldn't resist. I'll have to snap a picture of it when it arrives. Her semi-abstract paintings really appeal to me. This is actually the first piece of 2d equine art I've ever bought.
We also paid a visit to Artique, my favorite Lexington crafts gallery. Saw lots of wonderful stuff I wished I coulda got. I ended up just buying a little copper wire horse sculpture.