February 2, 2019

DockDogs at SeWe Festival

The DockDogs competitions were held all weekend long at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the only double tank event for dog competitions east of the Mississippi. People come from all over the place to watch these incredible dogs make a splash. There are many other exciting events happening at the SeWe Festival including:

• Jeff Corwin Live Animal Shows

• Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Shows

• Birds of Prey Flight Demos

• Sheep and Duck Herding Demos

• Retriever Demos

I particularly enjoyed DockDogs this year as it was my first year attending the SeWe festival at all. I could watch these dogs all day and photographing them was a lot of fun and a nice change of pace for me. From dogs barely making it off of the dock to dogs jumping 20+ feet, it is quite challenging to anticipate in order to capture a great image. After some time I started to learn the trainers + dog combos and I could remember who to expect a big jump from. I prefer to not follow my subjects but actually to anticipate where my frame will actually be and wait for my subject, in this case the dogs, to arrive. This technique allows for a better focus as the camera is not in motion when clicking the shutter. I can't wait until next year!


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