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Dog Agility - minis

By Sus  
My first attempt at photographing dog agility. I learnt some valuable lessons:

1: A 50 mm is probably ok if you can get close enough (I shot all these with a 17-40 - would have changed to a 70-200 but not discreet enough - the 50 mm would have been perfect!)
2: Fast shutter speed - I started off at 1/250 with aperture priority mode, and all dogs are blurred. Only when it went up to higher than 1/500 did I get decent shots.
3. Concentrate on 1 jump. Then when you see the dog coming round - prefocus on the jump before they get there then just shoot (either MF or AF). I got consistently decent (in terms of composition) shots when I did this, and could have got every dog reliably if I'd wanted
4. Main problem: background! The advantage of a long lens I guess. My hero Nick Ridley was sitting with his long lens in another ring though, and I didnt' really want to look as though I was trying to compete with him!
5. Having never seen an agility show before I can say that my dog will wipe the floor with the competitors, so watch out for us!

Tags: Dog agility Jump Poodle Letchworth Pets and captive animals Sports and action

Voters: denniskillz, pamelajean, Brilane and 3 more

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Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
7 Apr 2007 1:37AM
Would be grateful for any further tips from people who do this (I'd post in critique but I've had my lot for this week).

As a photo, I know its too jumbled to be arty. But I did like the similarity between this poodles ears and the lady's hair - dog who looks most like his owner??!

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7 Apr 2007 1:48AM
Excellent end result: I know a couple of dog agility competitors so it's great to see what it's actually like.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
7 Apr 2007 4:07AM
Interesting, well taken picture. - Brian.
NatalieKinnear 11 280 8
7 Apr 2007 6:59AM
Perfect timing. Well done. I think our dog Ollie might enjoy mini agility when he's old enough. He's so full of energy and bounces everywhere! :o)

Great shot, got my vote.

Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
7 Apr 2007 9:53AM
Thank you!
Snapper_T 14 866 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2007 10:15AM
Good shot Sus. I took some agility shots some time ago and agree with your comments.

Don't under estimate the training involved to get your dog up to scratch. A colleague at work is quite high in the agility tables after a few years of training and attending shows.


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