A flash movie of photos I took at the Shrewsbury D/Q may be seen at http://jeffgoodwin.com/srrc/.
You can view the photos individually by clicking on the checkerboard icon at the lower right of the screen. Call names and/or handler names are identified in the filename.
HTML only versions of these photos are available at:
Those are really beautiful pictures Jeff. Good to get your mind off your grief by doing your art.
08-18-2007, 07:02 PM
All I can say is Wow
08-18-2007, 07:21 PM
Awesome photos! Thank you.
08-18-2007, 08:52 PM
Jeff, What kind of camera do you use. I'd like to get into photography as a hobby. Family/hunting/trial/dog pictures etc. And that camera and or your skills are fantastic. Mike
08-19-2007, 04:59 AM
Nikon D2X with a Nikon AF-S VR 70 - 200 f/2.8 zoom plus a Nikon teleconverter lens. Post processing with Photoshop CS2. This is a very high end digital camera with an amazingly accurate autofocus and virtually instantaneous response when you press the shutter release. For the action shots you need shutter speeds 1/1000 sec or faster. A lot of the morning images suffered because there wasn't enough light for really fast shutter speeds.
The whole rig weighs as much as an 8-week puppy so I find myself running out of steam after about 6-8 hours which is why I almost never get shots from all series. I like shooting derbies both because I hope that my pup will be running derbies in the spring and because the handlers in derbies are not as up tight when I start taking pictures. Some day I'm going to try to get a judge/FT committee to let me set up a blind where I can shoot pictures from the field. I figure I could cut a hole for the lens and the distraction should be minimal and consistent for every dog.
My setup would be overkill for your needs. However, the problem with most "point and shoot" digital cameras is that there is a significant delay between when you click the shutter and when the camera actually takes the picture while the camera focuses and sets the exposure. In the meantime your kid is doing something else or the dog is gone. When you get a good shot, it's almost an accident. In addition, most will not allow you to take pictures rapidly at full resolution (12.8 megapixels on my camera) because they run out of internal memory. This kills action shots of the dogs since you normally need to take several shots before you can catch the eyes. If you're serious, you probably need to think Nikon or Canon SLR cameras (e.g., Nikon D80 or D200) with a couple of different lenses. This becomes a pretty complicated rig with a fair learning curve.
Happy to trade consultation and some lessons for a discount on a black female from one of your Patton pups. :)