Here’s a photo I shot last weekend during the 2011 Fur Rondy Sprint Sled Dog races here in Anchorage. Fortunately, the races go down the trail right by my house, so finding a good vantage point is as easy as hopping on my bike and pedaling for about five minutes.
I really like the image for a number of reasons. The near-perfect synchronicity of the two lead dogs is something you can only hope to capture by firing off a burst of images as the team rockets on by. It’s the kind of shot that happens so fast in a flurry of snow and motion that you don’t know if you actually got it until you look at the preview.
It’s the kind of shot that, when I look at it later gets me thinking about what it takes to make a great image. Then I ran across a great post by Utah photographer Bret Edge this morning that pretty much says it all. It doesn’t correlate perfectly to this kind of action shot, since Bret is primarily a landscape photographer, but it’s pretty universal advice with some, well thought out points. It can certainly put you on a path to making better images and improving your photography.