Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

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Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby AverageGuy » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:56 am

Spud and I have been doing some post season bird surveys. Best time of the year to get photos while not carrying a gun, check out new areas and get some timely corrections in on steadiness while not having to swing a shotgun on a departing bird.

Have not solved for how to get crisp photos of a dog buried in cover but a dog throwing their nose up and drinking in the bird scent is really attractive to my eye.

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Covey find on Bobs. Typical dense cover where hard hunted public lands birds escape to and survive.

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New camera has good action shot capabilities but it is rare to get the right exposure on a black dogs head and eyes. I need a better photo editor than the one I used here which only offers the ability to lighten the whole photo vs just his head. More $ and learning to do.

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Single Bob Find

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A wad of pheasants on yesterday's run

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Another pheasant find

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Hen getting up

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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby orhunter » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:22 am

Thanks for the photos.

Not familiar with your camera but to get the dog image sharp in cover requires manual focus. No way around that. Play with your camera a lot and you'll get it figured out.
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby jlw034 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:30 pm

What camera/lens?
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:40 pm

AG, sounds like a lot of fun and good dog work, I will have to get on my phone to see the photos. Forrest
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:42 am

jlw034 wrote:What camera/lens?


Nikon D3500 70-300mm Lens
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:26 am

AG, Spud is a really nice dog, he is lucky to have you as his best friend.
I thought the pictures were good.he is a beautiful dog. Forrest
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby jlw034 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:36 pm

AverageGuy wrote:
jlw034 wrote:What camera/lens?


Nikon D3500 70-300mm Lens


That is a very popular camera for good reason. Getting in focus shots of dogs in cover requires both skill and luck. Best to use single point focus, get as close as possible to the dog, and fix focus point on your subject. Instead of going for the full image of dog on point, think about getting just the head, capture the intensity of the point. If you manage to find a window thought the weeds, it can make for a great shot.

That being said, your posted pics are very very nice. You are lucky, Spud seems to glow with intensity.
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby Bruce Schwartz » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:40 pm

It's tough using an autofocus setting looking through brush. You might try quickly focusing on something off to the side (at about the same distance) then quickly pushing the focus lock button and then return to the dog image and fire. It's easier than having to change to manual focus and then trying to focus through the lens, etc.

When the dog points close in your'e sort of stuck, but, if you can circle around for another view of the point (side view or even head on) it can be rewarding. Also sometimes try squatting down to change to another perspective.

It gets old seeing hind shots of dogs on point from the perspective of being six feet off the ground, but on the other hand I don't think I can tire of watching Spud on point - his intensity never seems to soften even as the cameraman struggles to get a decent shot. :D
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:06 am

Covey Find Yesterday.

Bruce, it needs some of your editing magic.

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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby J D Patrick » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:26 pm

nice
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby jlw034 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:07 pm

Love it
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Re: Running the Dog Learning the new Camera

Postby Spindog » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:14 am

Very nice pictures.
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