Two weekends ago, Dancing Dog Photography had an opportunity to photograph various breeds of dogs herding ducks and sheep at the Pacific Northwest Herding Club Trial competition held at Brigands Hideout in Washington. The weather was perfect for herding and the dogs and their people all appeared to have a great time. The trial lasted for three days and there were various courses.
Capturing images of the dogs is always a challenge at such an event. Lighting can differ greatly from one part of the course to another. As a competitor myself, I know the course and know where the action is supposed to move next, but that is not always a guarantee! A photographer has to adjust on the fly and be ready for any number of possibilities. I typically shoot with a 70-200 2.8 zoom lens, which gives me the ability to be more flexible. But even with that lens, I often wish that I had more reach!
As you can see, many different breeds compete in this sport. To see more images, check out my Event Galleries.