One of my friends, Richard, owns two show Springer spaniels: Jasper and Max. Having heard about my new Canon 5D Mk II, Richard decided that I could photograph his dogs "in action". I took over 60 shots, of which over 50 were really no use at all. Even those left required some post-processing to make them presentable. As well as sharpening and LCE I also used a re-focus plug-in for the Gimp.
This first shot shows Jasper, the more thoughtful of the pair. The main problem here was exposure as some of the white areas of his coat would clip out. I've overcome this by cloning in some areas with a very soft and very transparent brush.
The second shot shows Max on the run. For a hand held exposure it could have been worse. I used the re-focus tool around Max's eye and it seems to have worked reasonably well.
This third shot is probably my favourite.
I managed to get the ball and the dog into the image, or rather the continuous shoot mode of the camera did that. I've thought long and hard about the disembodied legs and whether to take them out. On balance I think they add to the dynamism of the image. Note also what appears to be speckled noise in the upper half of the image. I thought for a moment I'd got grit on the lens, but I think it's actually dust and debris thrown up by Max's paws as he runs.
Comments and crits are welcome as always, particularly from those such as Katy who have been at the end of my barbs.