I've recently started attending training sessions with people I know who run their dogs in agility to get some practise at photographing these dogs as they do this wonderful sport.
I'm using a canon 70-300mm USM lens and pre-focusing at certain points around the course and wait for the dog to reach that area. I'm using shutter speed of 1/1000 of sec or faster, so no troubles with focusing or freezing the action (I'll also try panning and other things later on).
However the training sessions are taking place from 11am to 2pm and I'm wondering if anyone can give me any suggestion for shooting at this time of day (as I usually won't shot at these times) the biggest problem is that most of the time the dogs are not running in the best direction for the light and I end up with dark faces and blown out backgrounds and I can't use a flash or reflector.
Also what is the best way to minimise the distracting elements with in the backgrounds, or is that just part of it, to get use to?
Where am I best to take my meter reading from? I am set for centre weight metering.
So if anyone has and tips for shooting this time of day or this kind of sport I'd be interested to hear them.
I will also have the opportunity to photograph gun dogs, earth dogs, lure coursing and obedience. I usually play around with macro kind of stuff, so this is quite different.