Tuesday, 4 November 2008

The Melbourne Cup


"Viewed" (top) wins the Melbourne Cup by four fifths of two thirds of seven ninths of a nose.

I hope things are not this tight tomorrow, in 'that other two horse race'.

Note that the grey one lost.



  1. I am with you Lee, on that hope!

  2. and our grey one will lose, too! mark my words!

  3. So that would be fifty six one hundred and thirty fifths of a nose, yes?

  4. Science/photography question for you oh wise one.

    Why in photo finish photos are the backgrounds blurred while the horses are not?

  5. I think the camera moves in sync with the horses on a rail beside the track for about the last 10m. The name Psmith seems to ring a bell for the inventor of the process. Australian, too, I think.

  6. OK, maybe not. It seems to be a stationary camera with a circular film turning at the same speed as the horses. See here

    Not sure where I got the Psmith from either.

  7. Ah, I see. Very cool. I've learned something new.


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