For the next few months I am going to be following Krystal at Firestar Kennel while they train and run. I am having so much fun with these photos. They are shot in some really interesting conditions, so not only do I get to play with some crazy ISO’s (12800!), I get to shoot in cold weather, mud, dust, snow – pretty much everything I love :). From a technical standpoint,you’ll notice that the photos have a ton of grain. This is not an effect in Photoshop. In order to really get the shots I want at low light without having flash (which I really hate using in some documentary situations like this – it can freak out the dogs) I shoot lots of shots at high ISO’s at f/1.4. Then some I convert them to b&w in Lightroom. The high ISO’s have a lot of grain, which I tend to like in this situation.
These dogs at Firestar are so happy it is ridiculous. It was the first run of the season on Wednesday night with nice cool temps, and the canines were quite bouncy and ready to gooooooooo. I personally am a big fan of the butt sniffing shot below… I seem to have a large collection of those shots ;).
You can see at the end of the run the steam coming out of their months – they were so much calmer it was hilarious. And the shot of them coming in at the end under the stars is one of my favorite shots ever.
I am very much looking forward to documenting this whole season – thank you Krystal for allowing me to harass you!