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Registered: December 2009
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I was taking pictures of the dog sled races a couple of weeks ago and I thought I would post a picture from not this recent dog sled but one
which took place on February 4, 2007. The 2007 sled dog races involved more dogs on each team (more change for action) and those dog sled races were going north to south along the Red River and allowed for a better view of both dogs and driver.

This picture may be a little soft but on that particular day the air temperature was -37C with a windchill of -48C and it was a chore just to
hold the camera never mind having everything in focus. In fact it became so cold later in the day that the second part of the race had to be
canceled with the windchill dropping below -50C.

In CS2 I used the shadow/highlight function (35,0,0) and I desaturated the red to -30.

f8 1/800 155mm
· Date: Tue February 9, 2010 · Views: 1,281 ·
Keywords: dog sled races, Red River
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D70s
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikkor 55-200mm
Filter / Type Used: none
Flash / Type Used: n/a
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Festival Voyageur
State / Coluntry / Area Image Taken: Winnipeg, Mb.
Country Image Taken
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Registered: December 2008
Posts: 3
Tue February 9, 2010 5:45am

GREAT stop action photo here. I love the intense look of concentration of the dogs. They mean business!! I really like the compo and presentation. I give you a lot of credit for being out there when it was so.....cold. I once went skiing at -36C and that was no fun. Joni

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 1
Tue February 9, 2010 12:21pm

Excellent POV and stop action Jan, great intensity conveyed..
Nice one!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 62
Tue February 9, 2010 1:09pm

Great capture but way too cold for me!

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 2
Tue February 9, 2010 3:01pm

What a wonderful image, I thought for an instant it was an illustration.
Love it. Energy, atmosphere what more could you ask!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Tue February 9, 2010 3:36pm

Hi Jan.
I like this a lot. the dog on the left (as we look at it) seems less joyful and more determined than the others - maybe that's the lead dog?
This does sharpen - partly by dropping the midtones a little and use of the high pass filter. However, although this has the effect of making the lead dogs appear to leap out of the picture it also removes some of the atmosphere induced by the steamy breath of the dogs which is slightly lost with added contrast. So, not better but different.

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 58
Tue February 9, 2010 3:39pm

There is definitely something about this image and the presentation of it; accidental, due to conditions, or not it's a very good and tension charged stop action shot.
Well done, especially given the conditions.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Tue February 9, 2010 8:29pm

I love the look of total exertion on the dog in the front - he is giving it all he's got. I also like the foggy mist of the white dog in the rear, underscoring the frigid temperatures. You wouldn't get me outside in those temps - NO WAY. But so glad you braved the cold to grab this. It's a winner in my book.

Registered: September 2009
Wed February 10, 2010 12:50am

Great action shot with excellent dof, accenting the action of the front dogs. Agree with Vic re the midtones. You're certainly dedicated to brave that kind of cold. Well done!

Registered: June 2009
Posts: 22
Wed February 10, 2010 9:02am

I really like this Jan - really good action shot. I think I would have been curled up near a fire in those temps rather than out taking photos. I like the asmosphere of the picture I think it shows how cold it actually was.

Registered: February 2009
Wed February 10, 2010 1:11pm

Most outstanding action shot. What expressions shown here also.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Wed February 10, 2010 6:20pm

Jan, Hi:

Splendid work - marvelous stop action with sharpness and color.

Well Done

Registered: February 2009
Thu February 11, 2010 12:59am

I always thought I would like to do this well done

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 1
Sun February 14, 2010 12:11pm

Excellent lens work in capturing this shot, Jan. Love the close framing and you have muted the colors in bg really well.

Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Site Admin

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Sun February 14, 2010 5:48pm

Well first of all, it doesnt look soft to me I think the depth is just perfect, the lead dog is sharp and jumping straight out of the picture, the bg dogs are a tad softer yes but to me this adds to the feeling of action and movement,

Absolutely perfect placement for this shot wonderful work and great notes too.

Thank you for posting
kind regards Helen

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,833
Mon February 15, 2010 7:14am

Way colder than anything I have experienced Jan, -12c that was. A creditable capture with good detail and colour,

PS I had another look at my Valentines Day rose, what seemed like ragged edges was in fact a darker colour which has now folded out.
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