Flying Dogs and Toto too
Last Saturday, Tanya and I attended the Seattle Dog Show. Inspired by the dog photography of my friend Tom Guffey, I thought I’d try my hand at shooting some of the show. I came away even more impressed by the work of Tom. Shooting images of flying dogs is tough!
First, it’s dark and using flash is a big no-no. I had my camera set at ISO 3200, using f-stops of f/4 and f/5.6 and shutter speeds between 1/50 and 1/320 seconds. Digital noise was definitely an issue in my images. Secondly, dogs move – especially when flying. When using fairly wide open f-stops, particularly with my 70-200mm zoom which I used at the agility ring, there isn’t much depth of field. It’s tricky getting the focus right. I set my camera to AI Servo focus mode, to track moving subjects; but as I primarily shoot non-moving things, I’m not very experienced with AI Servo. As you might imagine, there were a lot of rejects for every shot that was almost in focus. Even with these tough lighting conditions, it sure was a fun time.
Here’s some of my favorites from the show.
This entry was posted on March 14, 2012 by Joe Becker. It was filed under Dogs, Seattle, Washington and was tagged with Afgan hound, bulldog, collie, corgi, dog, dog show, flying, jumping, newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, photography, pug, Seattle, Seattle Dog Show, sheepdog, Toto.