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Is there a way to get shots like this?

dm1dave

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Fri 26-Jul-13 10:28 PM

Camera settings:

AF-C mode focus

Dynamic Area AF set to either 21 or 51 points (not 51 3D)

Use the Center Focus Point

I would keep custom setting a4 at the default setting (Normal) – If the camera keeps shifting focus to the background then set a4 to Long.

Release mode CH (6 frames per second)

Metering - Matrix or Center Weighted (Spot metering doesn’t work well for erratically moving subjects)

Adjust ISO to keep the shutter speed at 1/1000s or faster – if possible stop down one stop from wide open.

Shooting:

It will be best if the dog will sit in one place and come running on command. If not have someone stay with the dog until you are ready and then send the dog running.

While the dog is stationary focus on the dog and keep the shutter button pressed half way.

As soon as he starts to run hold down the shutter button – do the best you can to keep the center focus point on the dog and shoot until he is too close to focus or until the cameras buffer fills.

You may want to use a slightly shorter focal length since you will end up with images of the dog in the center of the frame – you can crop for composition later.

It also may help to start with more distance between you and the dog. With practice you will be able to track him for the whole run.

You will never get 100% of the shots in focus – remember that you are just looking for that one great shot.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Dave Summers
Nikonians Photo Contest Director
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