Canine action: French ring in le Revest ... an excellent weekend. C&C welcome
I actually used to practice this canine sport years age; before my dog went to dog heaven and the kids were born.
Unable to resist any longer I took my D600 and the brand new Tamron 80-300 to check out the action. This was the last regional competition qualifying for the finals of the national french championship.
Only top notch dogs and handlers (the owners in most cases).
Pressed for time these photos were processed using mostly default setting with VNX and RawTherapee. In addition; frequently cropped to avoid disurbing elements like judged etc ...
For any of you being opposed to canine defense work, please bear in mind that all dogs participating here are not agressive. They were strolling around the field with the spectators with thir kids (and their dogs). An agressive dog would not stop an excercise on command! That, after all, is extremely important!
None of these dogs would bite an unprotected person (more than once); "l'amour de la toile".
What makes me love this sport is the competition between the dog and his opponent, l'homme d'attaque. The human will try to make the dog fail through speed, gestures, gun shots or the bamboo stick. No human violence or physical aggressivity is permitted.
And when the dog has to work all alone (hidden handler) ...... fabulous!
Yeah, well .... there is an obedience part as well ....
So, the Tamron works fine when the light is good.
I would like a larger AF area than what's the case with the D600, but I really cannot go for a D4 (yet).
More pictures here: http://smobaek.smugmug.com/Sport/Dog-Sport/201405-Selectif-Le-Revest/
I definetly want to continue shooting this kind of action!!
Good night and best regards
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