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06/09/2015 - 10:29 PM

Canine Agility

Canine AgilityWell caught! I had a go at this a few months ago and it's not as easy as it looks; the dogs are unpredictable and the clutter around the course is difficult to avoid. It is a great shot of the dog, I think I would have cropped the photo to avoid the wooden frame on the left - the background behind the dog is reasonably clear and I think the focus then would be even greater on the dog's eyes and leap. Chris
27/04/2013 - 7:39 PM

Catch Up...

Catch Up...Good shot, the rider behind, movement in the wheels and the panning all add to the action. I know how difficult it is to pick your spot at some of these meetings and my eye was drawn to the building between and behind the 2 riders. You haven't shown us any data and without knowing how close, or far away, you might have been, I wonder if using the lens toward the 400m end of the lens might have pushed the background out of focus, or a slower shutter speed while panning to blur (even more) the background that way. Both options also have their issues (depth of field might have pushed the second rider out of focus which you might not want and slower speeds can lead to more difficulty in getting your subject sharp.

Anyway, minor points and it gets my vote.

02/05/2012 - 10:04 PM

Fenland Grass Track

Fenland Grass TrackPat, this is a nice pan as it appears sharp across both riders. It looks as though you had some dirt on the lens though - was that from the sidecars! I went to a fen meeting recently and couldn't believe how much the wheels sent flying; from then on I checked my lens between races. I also find that backgrounds can be infuriating as I usually discover it too late when I am processing, I had a dustbin in a shot and my photoshop is not too hot. The lines in your photo are a little distracting as it's not possible to see what they are - starting gate or telegraph/electric lines for example but the photo would be even better without them.

Everything seems to be rained off at the moment buts let hope the land dries out soon (accepting we need the water!)