Tip of the Day – Height of the stride

Tip of the Day – Height of the stride

When dogs run, their heads move up and down depending on the point in their stride. When photographing dogs with big ears, floppy lips and big tongues (Great Danes are a prime example), catching them at the peak of their stride is even more important. If you shoot continuously at a high frame rate as they run towards you, you’ll have the luxury of choosing the absolute perfect image in the sequence.

Baxter here is right at the peak of his stride. His eyes are bright and wide, those floppy ears are straight up in the air, his lips are tucked back and his tongue is flying out to the side. He looks energetic and animated, exactly the look you want to achieve for this type of shot!

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 115mm, ISO 1250, 1/1250 sec, ƒ/3.5

Compare that to the second example, where Baxter is at the lowest point of his stride. Not a good look, is it? 😆 Funny as it is, if you were Baxter’s owner, which image would you prefer?


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