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By Dackj
Just trying out my new camera at action shots. It doesn’t have a fast FPS so I shot a lot of photos to compensate. Taken at Houston World of Dogs.

Tags: Dogs Action shots Pets and captive animals Indoor sports Available light only Flyball

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29 Jul 2019 3:40PM
Nothing wrong with that for my money, I think you've captured the action well.
Those dogs have a whale of a time! A great event to watch! Grin

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2117 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 4:09PM
As far as capturing the action is concerned, you did extremely well.
I wanted to see what the dogs had to do in Flyball, so went to to the Houston Dog Show site and watched the action. Those dogs are so fast, I was impressed with the success you achieved here.

You captured the moment at the spring-loaded pad where the dog releases a tennis ball and catches it. Your timing is perfect for the dog's twist and turn, and you can see his eyes are already intent on his return. The focus on his face is good, and you've allowed the rest of his moving body to blur and show that movement.

Alhough this is a good place to get such action, the sign behind the dog isn't ideal, and compromises the dog's outline a little. There wasn't a lot you could do about that. Likewise, the people at the back, though nicely blurred, are a distraction. I'll have a go at a modification to see what the image looks like with those people cropped out.

This was an ideal place to try out your new camera with action shots, and you achieved your goal, so the rest of the inclusions are of little importance.


PS: Modification uploaded. First, I straightened the image using the bottom line of the sign. I wanted to leave space on the right and bottom, showing the track and also showing where the dog is intending to run. But I cropped away the people. See what you think.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2172 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 8:06PM
Excellent timing, focus, and a really fast shutter speed to freeze the action. The camera's performance is impressive.

The problem as you may have been aware was harsh overhead lighting hitting white fur. This would, I think, have been an occasion for a modest minus exposure compensation.

I've uploaded a modification, I used the Camera Raw filter to darken highlights, reduce contrast and tone down whites; some careful use of the burn tool, and a Levels adjustment to bring back highlights. I also cooled the colour temperature and reduced saturation on greens and yellow.

Then a tighter crop. I'm not wholly satisfied with the result but it demonstrates that there is further detail to be retrieved from the white fur. You may get better results from the original full file - particularly if you have a Raw file. This is the sort of situation when Raw really pays dividends!
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 9:10PM
Moira is right, but there I also a lot of background and not enough dog. You have don well in difficult circumstances but you need to be closer for impact and the extreme ISO, whilst getting a result, will not be good for quality on larger images.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
30 Jul 2019 1:38PM
A well timed shot

Ive uploaded a mod thats cropped to show only the dog, exposure reduced, and has the dogs face sharper.

Well done


dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 639 England
30 Jul 2019 9:42PM
Finer detail may be lacking due tothe high ISO but the ;ow noise is impressive. If that's what you need to use so be it.

A good result, and useful advice above.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
31 Jul 2019 4:20PM
Well caught.

Practice, practice, practice is the motto with acion.

And try a single frame, timing the shutter release to the peak of the action. High frame rates are one thing - hitting the peak of the action is another, entirely.

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