Its been called the most exciting two minutes in sports. For me and my colleagues its about three days of work leading up to three seconds of action as we capture the finish of the Kentucky Derby from every angle.
The last few days I had to adjust my central time body clock to pre-dawn eastern time wake-ups while covering my tenth Kentucky Derby. Even through I know someone who would beg to differ, I hate getting up crazy early to start work and today was one of those days.
Yesterday was my 9th Kentucky Derby and possibly the steamiest one I remember. It was also my 13th major horse race setting up and operating multiple cameras to capture the finish. This year I used six cameras firing simultaneously to cover the race.
I’m neither the sharpest tool in the shed, nor am I some sort of savant… but I can tell you one thing you shouldn’t do. When 20 photographers are trying to shoot the favorite at the Kentucky Derby, don’t take a picture of yourself while standing in everyone’s background.