Shoot the Horses at Avondale Racecourse on Anzac Day

This was such a success last time out, we've been welcomed back for the Anzac Day races. Hopefully we'll get a few more punters and some ladies in their finery - but even if we don't, the races themselves are great.

There are no restrictions on what we can photograph (including the old-style betting booths). However, the Jockey Club stipulates that all photographs taken are for personal use and may not be sold commercially without their written permission. Competitions and other personal use are fine.

The first race is at 1:15, with saddling beginning about 20 minutes before the race. I suggest we meet up at 12.30 for a quick tour of best places to shoot from, then we can disperse a bit so as not to be in each others' way.

There will be a total of 8 races on the day, with the last race beginning at 5.20. (Times will be confirmed on the 21st, when they post the race-day schedule.)

There is no charge to get in and there is plenty of free parking in the racecourse carpark. (Enter by the Z petrol station.)

A few health and safety notes:

    • Tripods and monopods are okay as long as they are not left unattended.
    • No flash is to be used around the horses at any time.
    • We must not cross any of the fences to the restricted areas (bring your long lenses for close-up shots.)
    • We are limited to 12 participants. If there is sufficient interest, we can schedule this again for the April race day.

My cell phone number is[masked] 74.

A bit of background

Horse-racing resumed at the Avondale Racecourse in October of last year. First opened in 1890, it is one of the oldest tracks in Auckland. Though we are restricted by OSH regulations to public access areas, because the track and facilities are quite old and had been out of use for several years, we can still get very close to the saddling, parade, and winners areas as well as photograph the action on the ground and in the grandstands. I toured the grounds with the manager this morning and was very pleased.

This is not Melbourne Cup style racing - no flash lounges and race-day finery. It's the other end of the spectrum, hopefuls and also-rans, basic facilities and amenities, more of the grit and grime of the racing world. I'm looking forward to shooting some black & white.

 

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  • Ros

    Great thanks [masked]

    September 4, 2013

  • Ros

    Hi, I am a local resident of Avondale trying to locate some great images from Avondale for some community news items. We are trying clean up and regenerate our area, this challenge sounded like a great idea. Are any of the images able to be viewed anywhere. Anything

    September 3, 2013

    • Edwin (Eddie) S.

      Im sure they will be on our site under Avondale. I still have mine from both of our meetups there. I can email them to you if you give me your address.

      September 3, 2013

    • Peter J.

      I parked a few of mine here http://www.flickr.com...­

      September 3, 2013

  • philip

    Thanks Veronica for organising. You did such a great job...before, during & after the event! Would have liked to stayed longer and tried different techniques but I also chickened out after that heavy downpour!

    April 28, 2013

  • andrea c.

    It was wonderful to meet so many of you. :-)
    It was also a good afternoon spent wandering the grounds of the race course... getting a good look behind the scenes so to speak.
    Great to see some good shots from all who have posted them up so far.

    Mind you, I do have to say, that a good lick of paint wouldn't go amiss on the buildings and seating, plus some sort of repairs to the wobbling and falling down fences. But they have after all lasted the test of time over so many years... :-)

    April 27, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    One other thing - a reminder that all photographs taken are for personal use and may not be sold commercially without their written permission. Competitions and other personal use are fine including selling individual prints and on social networks. Essentially, you cannot sell it as an advertising/editorial photo without permission from the Avondale Jockey Club (which I doubt they would withhold, but they want to know.)

    April 27, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    John Craig, the manager of the Avondale Jockey Club asked if people would share some of their photos of the day with him. If you would like, please send me up to 5 of your favourite shots of the day and I will forward them to him. Watermarks with your name are fine (preferred). My email address is [masked].

    Some pretty incredible shots to choose from!

    April 27, 2013

  • Sea

    great!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Nguyen van T.

    A bit of a surprise to find out how run down the facilities were.

    April 25, 2013

    • Veronica M.

      Oh - I thought I had described that in my description of the meetup - of course I may have written War & Peace... I took some urban decay-type shots today - haven't had a chance to see how they turned out yet...

      April 25, 2013

  • Edwin (Eddie) S.

    Another great day at the races many thanks :-)

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Silly me! Anzac Day didn't ring a bell enough!

    April 25, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    Looks like a great day for the races! Here is the full line-up for anyone interested. http://www.nzracing.co.nz/RaceInfo/40942/Meeting-Overview.aspx

    First race is at 1.22 so let's meet up at[masked] under the trees for a quick tour of the grounds before everything gets underway. Also - please review the Health and safety notes above. Of particular note - NO FLASH to be used around the horses at ANY TIME.

    Long lenses and a monopod are also in order.

    Free parking in he carpark.

    My cell is[masked] 174. See you there!

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for the update Veronica :)

      Where exactly is the health and safety information?? - I think I'm getting old.

      Also, are there any areas that would be close enough to the track so that someone who doesn't really have a decent zoom lens can still get some "close-up" shots?

      April 25, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Oh no! Change of plans, I can't make it anymore. See you all next time :)

      April 25, 2013

  • Peter J.

    Yes I will be there rain or shine

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I will be unable to attend tomorrow. See you all next time

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys going down to Rotovegas to Wingspan weather permitting. Otherwise you may well see me there instead. Horse racing in wet weather is fantastic. Mud spluttered horses and jockeys make for great photos. But fine weather is good too...lol

    April 16, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Silly me! Anzac Day didn't ring a bell enough!

    April 7, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Id like to come but it looks like it is already oversubscribed

    March 21, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Would love to come but working unfortunately :(

    March 20, 2013

  • Fiona

    Would love to come again but I am working

    March 13, 2013

  • Sairam S.

    Looking forward to meet you all during my first meetup.

    March 13, 2013

  • Edwin (Eddie) S.

    Thank you Veronika for organising another day at the races

    March 12, 2013

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