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look at those teeth!

look at those teeth!
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DAsEye December 17, 2020
Perfect timing
ronjudyluv2travel PRO+
Great capture!
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RickL Apr 19
Beautiful action photography

Behind The Lens

All i need for images like this is a flat, well maintained grass surface for the dogs and their trainers to safely perform their moves on, and some dense trees/bushes with no holes for background. So, the lerfect location is really as simple and plain as it gets. A soccer field.
This image was shot mid-day, somewhere at ~ 12 o' clock.
This was shot on a sunny day with some clouds. If I recall correctly, a cloud blocker the sun exactly at the moment I took this shot. This is the kind of luck any photographer needs once in a while!
I take all my shots with an Sony a9, attached to the Sony 135mm f1.8 GM. No flash
There's a few photographers who already photographed this sport. It seemed a lot of fun so I just gave it a try myself
Yeah, i process quite a lot. Light flow is key in my edits. I try to make it appear like it's been photographed with a flash. I do this by literally creating a flow of light trough the entire image that goes from bright to dark. It's an illusion created by the direction from where the natural light is coming and the way a add the vignette to the image. Colours are important to. All my images get treated to create matching an complimentive colours. Dogs fur tend to pick up a lot of green cast from the environment. It's very important to correct this.
In my camera bag
I started 2 years ago with an Sony a7riii and 70-200 f2.8 GM. Soon, I discovered I liked dogs and speed. So I became action oriented quite early. But because I also started getting into weddings, I needed a 2nd body. That's when the Sony a9 arrived. With its 20 fps, the Sony a9 really shined during my dog shoots. It instantly became my favourite tool. But I found myself shooting over is 6400 way to often. That's when the sony 135mm f1.8 GM came into my life. Together with the Sony a9 it's just bonkers. Its the faster then I could have ever imagined! Long story short; my go to combo is the Sony a9 + Sony 135mm f1.8 GM
This sport is very dangerous for the dogs. The Dogs safety is always top priority and more important then a nice image. Only work with experienced dog trainers. Don't force them into things that the trainer doesn't feel safe with and respect their decision if a jump is to dangerous. Also important, Have fun!

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