Sunday, February 16, 2014

So, I want to grow up and be a photographer

While I was in the hospital a few months ago, I decided I wanted to get more into my photography after I got back on my feet. One of the things I wanted to learn to shoot was sled dog racing. Then of course, Alaska has one of the worst winters ever for the lack of snow. Finally there was enough snow and the fine people at ASDRA maintained the trails enough to where they could finally race.
One thing I learned was, it's not as easy as it looks. The weather never cooperates, to include the sun. Every time so far there was either no sun (cloudy) or too much sun. My first two times out my photos ended up in the recycle bin and I was a little, OK, a lot frustrated.
With a few tips from friends who are fellow photographers and taking a class at my favorite photo store, Stewart's Photo, I'm headed in the right direction finally.
It doesn't hurt that the people of ASDRA, the organizers, the mushers and handlers are pretty cool people. The dogs are always excited and ready to run. Other photographers there are always ready to discuss what they got going on and stay out of each others way.
If you don't know the track rules, their website explains it all. If you got questions, most people are ready to answer them for you.
I'm excited to continue on this quest. Next weekend is the 2014 Fur Rondy and the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races and then the 2014 running of the Iditarod is the following weekend. For a photographer wanna be, it's challenging, busy, hair pulling and a lot of fun.
To see more Day 2 race photographs, click here.  
Day 3 race photographs, click here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

So, you want to be a sled dog racer

Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News View of the trail from the dog sled of Egil Ellis, a 5-time winner of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship and a 7-time winner of ExxonMobil Open, who drove his sprint dog team to a second place finish on Day 2 of the ExxonMobil Open at Tozier Track in Anchorage on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

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