Let Me Run
Photographer: Kip Hobson
Camera Type: Nikon D300
Lens: 50mm focal length
Shutter Speed: 1/400s
Aperture: f/22, 400 ISO
Adjustments: Aperture priority, cropped and auto corrected in PS Elements 7
Photographer's Comments: This shot was taken by Kip Hobson as he sat in a dog sled on the side of a mountain about 60 minutes 'left' of Banff, Canada, while snow was falling. He wrote: ”The dogs are carted to the sledding site in small cages and when they finally get out they can’t wait to run free. Unfortunately they have to wait for the humans to get themselves sorted before being give the “go” word, which is not “mush” but apparently “hike”. For me this picture captures the longing in the lead dog’s eyes as he turns to the camera and says: ‘I’m cold, let’s go…please’.”
Image doctor's advice
I don't doubt that the dog is itching to get going, but as for feeling cold, that sounds more like you - quite understandable judging by this shot.
This captures the context for that sharp and clear foreground dog quite well though I would suggest shooting at f/8 or f/11 to knock that background even more out of focus. It doesn't have to be very sharp at all for us to get the sense of what's going on, and the softer it is, the more our eye goes to the main subject, the foreground dog. It is good to see the eyes and a hint of a catchlight.
TIP: Animals can take on a real bigger-than-life dimension when you go right down to their level and shoot upwards with a slightly wide angle lens.