As a surprise for her Mom, Cassandra set up a session for Pinky – her Mom’s beautiful Puppy.  Pinky was perfect – she posed, she ran, she chased balls and best of all; her portraits made her Mom very happy!  I am often asked how I get action photos of pups. One very effective way is to have the owner throw a ball right at me!  As you can see, this was a little close for comfort but take a look at the great action shots we captured!   These images were captured on a 70-200 Nikon lens at 2.8 aperture, 1/1600 shutter speed and ISO 200 on a Nikon D3s.  I use continuous auto focus with single point focusing.  I also use back button focusing to separate the activities of depressing the shutter from the action of focusing.  My thumb manages focus and my index finger manages capture. I toggle my focus point to the eye and move my camera to keep the focus point there.  When taking action shots I do not have time to change the focus point in the middle of a sequence so I decide the composition I want at the start.   Enjoy little Miss Pinky!

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Such fun!