Back Around Another Time


Another year, another kickoff with photos of dogs running through the snow. We do another loop of a trail in the bigger loop of another year, and I hope the dogs are a little better trained and in a little better shape, and I hope I’m a little wiser (and in better shape too).

At this point, I have thousands of pictures of dogs running in all kinds of weather, so I’ve gotten much pickier about what I keep and relatively picky about what I’ll post here.

I try to play with light a little, but I’ll admit to a bit of laziness with camera settings. I might try this or that with ISO or shutter speed, but more often than not, I’ll just trust the camera’s sports setting and spend my energy trying to find the right angle or light or moment and make up for problems with exposure in post-processing.

I do OK, though. I take a lot of exposures, and I’m not afraid to get down on the ground for the right angle or to stand still in the freezing cold to wait for a bird to come back from the bushes.

It’s all about taking lots and lots of exposures. The camera allows you to hold the shutter button down and take about three pictures every second, perfect for grabbing those well-lit action shots. Then you can sort out the best (or most ridiculous, as the case may be).


Sometimes I even mess around with focal length.

I still can’t get over the difference in the dogs’ personalities. Comet is just happy to be a good dog and do what he’s asked (in this case, a sit-stay). Jax is happy to work and will hold a good sit-stay too, but he itches to go. He stops panting in order to hear the release command a nanosecond earlier.

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