Over the weekend, I was reminded of a Canine Freestyle competition happening locally. Since I have never actually been to one in person, I decided to head over and check it out (though my dogs had to wait at home).
A lot of competitors were dressed up, and a lot of the dogs as well. I was trying out a new camera with the indoor lighting, and got permission to post a few of the pictures up here. However, the pictures in no way do these dog-human teams justice at all.
This team had one of the brightest costumes, enabling me to locate the handler portion of the team afterwards to ask permission to post the pictures. They moved so fast together though that most of the pictures have not only the dog blurry, but the human too.
Since I was starving, I only had time to ask one other competitor for permission to post pictures, but luckily, I managed to find the person from my favorite routine of the day, Indiana Jones!
The routine was fast paced, moving, with lots of impressive tricks, variety, and it managed to tell a story as well.
As much as I loved the routine, and the costumes, the part that was my favorite was the extreme enthusiasm from the dog. You could tell this dog enjoyed being out there and had fun the whole time.
I also took the camera to the park for a bit of a test there.
I loved the still shots it took a lot, and got some great pictures of my pups.
(Pallo, showing that he does know how to stay even when a ball is being thrown, but that doesn't mean he can't STARE.)
However, even with the relatively good lighting (in the evening, but before the sun was too far down) the pictures of motion were all pretty blurry. It might be fixable to some extent by messing with the manual settings, but I have no real desire to do that every time I go out to take pictures. And, for the price, it pretty much has to be exactly what a need, and its not. Looks like this camera is getting a trip back to the store.