Back in March, myself and some good friends had a day out at The Cheltenham Festival.  Now, I’m not a gambler, and don’t particular have much time for horse racing but once a year we plod over there, have a small flutter, and head home.  Its a great day out and one I look forward to every March.

This year I took my little friend, the Fujifilm X30.  It really is the perfect camera to take on day trips and out and about.  Its got a high functioning zoom and is very compact.  Coupled with the tilt screen it allows you to get into those shooting situations you may find difficult with even a larger Fuji camera such as the X-Pro1.

I love using it, and it travels with me most days.

I wanted to make a point about documenting the people at the race festival, rather than make a point about the horses themselves.

Some of these images, and a different take on the story, has been featured over on The Kage Collective – titled “Obsession”.

What I love about shooting these social documentary type images is that it really illustrates “people being people”.

As a documentary wedding photographer, “people being people” is really what I concentrate on throughout the whole day.

Getting out and about like this day at the races allows me to indulge in my passion for people watching, outside of the boundaries of a wedding day.

Unfortunately the light was fairly flat, and as I always mention during my street photography workshops light, composition and moment are imperative when trying to tell a story, visually.

Of course, these images are not shot for anything other than my own enjoyment and perhaps to show how the little X30 operates in this type of environment.

When I came to edit these images, I decided to keep them all in colour and make them gritty and “filmic” – there was something about the characters within the frames of these images that led me to that decision.

Initially, the images were shot as JPEG in the camera using the Classic Chrome film simulation.  Then, in Lightroom, I used the remarkably useful Perfectly Clear to standardise the exposure.  Thereafter, the images went into Alien Skin Exposure 7 (btw; you can get a 10% discount off of Exposure 7 by using the code: KMU0514) and I chose the Kodak Portra 160V filter which seemed appropriate I guess.

Please click the images for larger versions.

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It’s a bit of fun, more than anything, but I’m fascinated by many of the people in these images and I often find myself wondering – what are they doing now?  Who are they?  Did they win?  Did they lose?

Perhaps I’ll see them next year.  Who knows.