Photo of the Week #45 - Frisbee Competition

November 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

I was thrilled to be able to photograph a Dog Frisbee Competition at Wickham Park in Manchester, CT.  From the tiniest of terriers to the grandest of German Shepherds, these canine creatures all had one thing in common: talent!  It was very evident how much time the owners spent training their dogs for they amazed the spectators with nimble agility and gravity defying leaps.  Some of the dogs seemed to sense that it was "showtime" and proceeded to throw their performance into high gear and entertain the adults and children alike.

 

There were several different competitions where some involved both dog and owner interacting together but the main event was the long frisbee toss.  The owner would throw a frisbee a long distance and their dog would give chase and try to catch it in its mouth.  In the photo above, this dog goes airborne in his quest to snag the flying disc.  And now the million dollar question:  Did the dog make the catch?  YES!  The dog caught the frisbee in mid air and came down in a perfect landing without dropping it.  A panel of judges observed each dog's performance and rated them.  In the end, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were given ribbons and prizes.  All of the dogs did so well that to me, they are all winners in my book.

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/1000 sec at f5.0, ISO 400
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 120mm


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