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By paulbroad
After some of my comments to others, I'm leaving myself open here. Does it work or not? One of about 30 images of a Spaniel jumping into a pond after a stick. He did it again and again on demand. EOS 40D with 70/300 EOS IS lens at 300mm. (480) Is on. Servo autofocus, full speed drive, ISO 400 and auto exposure - aperture priority @ f8. So about 1/800 sec.

Not sure it's sharp enough anywhere, so let me know.


Tags: Dog Fun Water Splash Jump Pets and captive animals

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
15 Mar 2012 7:28PM
For me Paul, not enough dog in this one.


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ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
27 Mar 2012 3:00PM
Need to be able to see the face more - that's the key thing in these shots, the water splash looks cool, but there's no "emotional" input here, no connection with the dog.
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
11 Apr 2012 1:11AM
The settings are quite good and I think you've made a good job of freezing the action. I think the main problem is that although yu have managed to capture his face, it doesn't give out any kind of message of enjoyment or concentration . Not saying it is, but it could from the expression captured here be a dog that's just been thrown in against his will (I think that's what Ade's saying re the emotional attachment as well..)

The answer?? keep at it and. as long as he doesn't mind, keep letting him jump in after the stick.

I had the pleasure of meeting Coleslaw this year, and I asked him about his famous Westie-running-in-the-snow-shot . He told me (and I'm sure he won't mind me repeating) that there was no big secret technique - he just set up his low position then patiently had the dog run at him about a hundred times till he got the one shot..looks like that's what you might need here

I think also you could crop in a bit tighter, and finally there's a bit of a magenta or bluish cast to my eyes - a push up of the green might lift it a bit

As for sharpness hard to know from this jpeg..the face area might need a bit of sharpening on the original

Hope that's some use

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 2:31PM
Agree with all comments - not quite there. I'll try again this year - it was at a local riding stables that gets me in on occasion to shoot horses and riders. I used to work with one of the regulars who is an accountant - she showed me some shots by a local 'Pro' several years ago - he is no longer in business and I could see why!

They got me to go and have a go - great fun - they seem pleased and I make a few bob - plus I have the stables dog to play with!


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