• Oh, now that’s a cool tip about two bodies and a tripod. Never heard that one before!
    I’ve seen some sled-dog racing out here in Quebec, they really get moving once they are up to speed!
    The low-angled winter light is always nice too.

  • cathy gauthier says:

    Wonderful photos!

  • Mike Criss says:

    Love the photos Dan. Right on with the tips, I love to shot backlit photos as well They can be a challenge. Looking forward to the upcoming races!

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Thanks Mike! Hope you’re having a great winter so far.

  • Kristi dewey says:

    Great article. I am heading up to Bethel in a few weeks during the K300 dogsled race and want to give shooting a dogsled race a try. I have a Rebel T3i and want to get a sigma 2.8 or lower small zoom, I think that’s what I want, but really don’t know. What lens would you suggest ?? I don’t have a ton of money for a big zoom but I want to be successful. I know there will be low light and fast actions of the dogs hence the 2.8 Also how do you keep the lens from freezing or doesn’t that come into play? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Kristi- Lenses work fine in the cold, the biggest issues are with camera batteries and condensation. Make sure you don’t bring a cold camera inside a warm area, keep it inside your bag so it can warm up gradually. For that kind of sport, a 70-200 f/2.8 would be ideal, but they can be expensive. Definitely look at a Sigma or Tokina, you’ll save a lot of money. Also, you might consider getting a 70-200 f/4. Make sure it has VR, or IS. The latest series of lenses with image stabilization do an amazing job and they’re much less expensive than their f/2.8 counterparts. If that’s still out of the budget, you might consider renting a fast zoom lens from a place like or That’s a great way to try out different gear, especially for an event like that.

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