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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:11 pm 
I was at a local dog agility centre yesterday and managed to take a few shots. It's hard work trying to predict where the dog is going to go/look

Obviously in time and with a better trained eye I will be able to take shots, without the distractions in the background. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for looking.

Cheers Ormina

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Is it just me or does #2 look a little lazy? :)
Great picturues though.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:24 pm 
Lol..... It was his first ever agility class, he is eighteen months old.

You would not beleive he was the biggest dog there and they had to lower the bar to it's lowest setting. Even the little spaniel was flying high over three bars.

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I think he is gorgeous, and we all know how it feels when someone raises the bar!! And, insult to injury, a Spanial jumps higher. Sheesh. Great photos, Orima...am so glad to see them.

Ever onward. Love the long coated border collie, the first photo, with one ear up, and eyes dead ahead...

What fun...whoooohooooo!

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Great action shots, and that first one really made me smile - looks great!

In terms of composition, is there any position where you can take shots so there aren't the cars in the background? Tricky I know...

Alternatively, this is somewhere a big lens can really help. If you have a telephoto lens and open the aperture to the smallest f-number, you will dramatically reduce the depth of field - so the dog will be in focus, but the background won't be.

What lens were you using for these shots? And what shutter speed?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:27 pm 
Hello Gordon,

Thanks for the comments. All three pics were taken on

ISO 400
Shuttery priority setting
First two pics focal length 52mm
third 33mm
first two f 4.5
last f 3

all on shutter speed 1/500th

I agree about the telephoto lense will do that next trip. The shots were taken with the Fuji S9600 fitted with a 28mm to 300mm lense, but I also have the G9 with the telephoto lense and wide angle.

I look forward to going back and re taking the shots. I am still learning my way around the camera. Six months ago all I owned was a Z5 and took "point and shoot" only. I am thoroughly enjoying the learning curve.

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Taken with a non-DSLR? Even more impressive!

In that case I'd suggest standing back and zooming into 300mm so the dog's the same size, but you effectively blur the background... you might find the camera can't focus as quickly though and that you get better overall results using the same settings as above... worth experimenting though!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:53 pm 
Wow! amazing shots, i love the border collie(nr.3)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:11 pm 
Thanks Gordon & Henning 91

I love the experimental attitude towards photography.

I won't tell you how many shots I took to get these three :lol: :lol:

We have been given an open invitation to join them whenever we wish. This is an excellent opportunity to monitor my progress as the weeks/months go by. Also monitor the dogs in the beginner section :D

Cheers Ormina


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Hi ormina, it's perfectly normal to shoot loads of pictures at this sort of event and only get a few keepers - that's a normal ratio even for a pro...

The great thing about digital is there's no wastage - keep shooting and only keep what you like.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:48 am 
wow cool
this gives me an idea
but i'll wait till the summer
nice work btw


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