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Going to the Dogs part 2

By losbarbados    
Another from this weeks visit to the greyhounds.

As it's not my usual field, did I get things right?

Tags: Pets and captive animals Sports and action

Comments


CathR 13 151 564 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2011 3:45PM
This must be just one of the most difficult kinds of photography. Small, dark very fast moving subjects coming straight at you in a setting where you have no control over lighting etc. Presumably you can't use flash? I do get a sense of movement and the power of the dogs with the sand getting kicked up etc. it's a bit underexposed though with not a lot of detail visible in the darker dog on the left. There's no time to compose and it's lucky that the two front runners are more or less neck and neck. the positioning of the third dog with his head up the backside of the one in front is less than ideal. I might be inclined to clone him out if it's a good composition you are after rather than a record of what happened in the race. You could then crop out the barrier to the right.

i see you are right at the long end of your lens and I suspect this is a crop anyway both of which may be affecting quality a little. You may be a bit underpowered lens-wise for the circumstances and I think a longer focal length may have helped you get right amongst the action.

mod below where I have lightened the exposure but kept the dark blue background.

I suspect with this sport you just have to keep persevering Smile

Best wishes

Catherine
27 Oct 2011 7:17PM
I think you did well to get this under difficult circumstances,
I agree with Catherine's cogent comments
If the original was in RAW could you have lightened it a little to get the detail back in the dog coats?
A little cropping would help too
well done though, I look forward to seeing some more like this
dave
Jestertheclown 11 8.3k 253 England
27 Oct 2011 8:37PM
As the others have said, getting images like this must be really tricky.
I see that you've had the good sense to position yourself so that the dogs are running towards you. That will always make the shot a little easier as (hopefully) you won't need to pan. Unfortunately, it also means that the distance from your subject is constantly and quickly, decreasing!
There's power and movement in there and I think I could live with the disappearing dog at the back. The thing that really spoils it for me is the piece of the guardrail on the RHS.
It would, I think, be possible to remove it by very careful cloning and rebuilding, should you feel so inclined although I'm inclined to think that if you've got this shot, you'll have other similar ones which might not require as much surgery!
The same could be said for the pale blue rectangle at the top.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
28 Oct 2011 12:29AM
Its a very good shot.


Looks a lot better with some tidying up, - the rail, the white partial dog, and that advertising board behind. Ive loaded a mod, and lifted the detail in the dogs by increasing shadow detail in CS4.

I am interested to know what Autofocus mode you used. If you camera has the ability to continuously focus, - which is called AI Servo on Canon and Nikon camera, - this is the mode you should use for this type of shooting as it will track the focal point (a dog) and continuously adjust focus until you press the shutter.



regards



Willie
losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2011 10:44AM
Thank you for your comments.

Taking everything on board, I have uploaded the original out of the camera image - the cropping was really to change the aspect - at 200mm on the Oly you get a 35mm equiv of 400mm so you get pretty good value from the lens.

I shot in jpg simply because I had no idea what to expect and didn't want to get caught up buffering and missing images, now I know what to expect next time I will shoot in RAW as the burst of three works fine, any more than that and between my camera and card it starts to struggle

Taken on board the tidying up comments, although I am a little clumsy when it comes to cloning out I am inclined to give it a go knowing that rail and the third dog doesn't really detract too much so I won't give myself a coronary to remove them (I have actually had an order for an 8x10 as is last night so not too much of an issue) One thing that will be going is the pale blue rectangle - that is the bottom of my watermark that goes on my facebook uploads - and the picture was uploaded from that folder by mistake (to be honest I didn't even notice it until Bren mentioned it (oops) )

I'll be honest I haven't really looked at the autofocus mode - all I know is it works for me so I have not played.

Again the comments here are very constructive and informative. Everything is taken on board, and hopefully next weeks efforts will be improved thanks to the guidance given here.
Jestertheclown 11 8.3k 253 England
28 Oct 2011 10:48AM
Glad to be able to help!
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
28 Oct 2011 3:15PM
Happy to help. I would encourage you to try using editing tools, - its a lot easier if you use some of the tutorials you can get on EPZ TV on this site, and practice a little. I promise you wont get a coronary, and you will kick yourself when you find how easy it is!



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