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
Pets and captive animals
Sports and action
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