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Sunday, February 28, 2010

U.P. 200 Dog Sled Race 2010: Part THREE, plus this is the LAST day to submit your photos to my Photo Contest!!!

First of all, I want to remind everyone that TODAY is the LAST DAY to
enter my
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST for FEBRUARY!


You still have until midnight TONIGHT, Eastern Standard Time
to submit to me your
"CRITTER CLOSEUPS"
photograph!


So, C'mon people...go into your archives
and send me your entry!


See yesterday's post for a link to the rules and to my email address!


Now, back to the Dogs!!!


If you haven't read Parts ONE or TWO yet of this series of
the U.P. 200 Dogsled RACE 2010, please go back down under this blogpost and get to it!


This is the final blogpost with race pictures for you to enjoy.



The local T.V. station was there to record the start of the race!:

Sorry for the yellow coloring in the photo below, it was dark with a lot of lights around, and I was in a hurry and didn't adjust the lighting!


Here are some dogs being hooked up to the sled right before starting up at the gate.
You can just see how excited they are!
They were yelping and jumping and soooo happy!:



Here is a sled ready with all the harnesses to hook up to the dogs. To the right of the sled you can see a line where handlers were getting ready to hook up another team of dogs:






At last!!!
This is the first team
getting to leave the starting gate. See all the flashes from other cameras taking their picture before they get to me?:



Here THEY COME!!!!:






I got a little excited and decided to do an action burst with my camera.
The crowd is a blur but the dogs are kind of in focus...it was hard for me to get them because I am short and was standing in front of a part of the fence that I couldn't reach over.
But the end effect was kind of neat:



Just look at this team running by with their pink booties!:









Another action shot!:











The blur of the Musher at the end of the line, on his sled.
He will be with his team from Friday night until sometime Sunday, when he reaches the FINISH LINE!:





I want to leave you with a strange shot I got by accident.
Again, I was playing with the burst mode of my camera, and the lighting was wrong....and the speed of the shutter was wrong...
But you know what?
It gave me a strange "ghost rider" effect of this Musher, which I ended up really liking!:


Don't be afraid to make mistakes with your camera!

I learned that sometimes, that is the most creative shot you might get!!

Hope you enjoyed this series about these brave Mushers and their beautiful dogsled teams.

I hope you get to see it in person sometime...

it really is an awesome experience!!!

15 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

Love the photos AND the pink booties!

Brian Miller said...

nice. loving the action burst shot...it gives you a feel for the energy of that moment. i so want to be right there...

Kirsten said...

Great shots! And go pink bootie dog!

Wanda said...

One could feel the excitement and speed in your photos, Joan!

The Retired One said...

Eva: I KNOW...those pink booties were adorable!

Brian: It is SO fun, Brian..you can hear the crowd roaring wayyyyy down the path and the roar gets closer and closer as the dogs approach to where you are watching them run by. Such fun!

Kirsten: I think a lot of people loved that team of dogs just for their fashion sense. ha

Wanda: Thanks...there was a lot of BOTH there...I had a great time!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

It's like taking pictures (or trying to) of birds flying above my head, Joan... This is the part of the races I was waiting to see. OH--how I'd love to see those races sometime... That would be SO special. You are so fortunate to get to see them. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hugs,
Betsy

DJan said...

What fun! It would be a great thing to see, and you captured the excitement perfectly. Thanks for the great series, and have a great Sunday out and about with your camera!

L. D. Burgus said...

What great action shots. I like the coverage that you have given us.

Marydon Ford said...

Now this looks like fun! I hear my brother in Alaska tell me things about these events ... didn't know they did that in the 'lower 48'.
TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

The Retired One said...

Betsy: You are welcome..it was great fun!

L.D.: Thanks!

Marydon: Yes, there are a few of these races in the midwest...I enjoyed sharing them with you all.

Rick said...

Very cool (or rather cold) shots of the dog race. Thanks for sharing.

Jientje said...

I'm so behind on my reading I almost missed all the fun here. I might be too late for the photo hunt challenge, I hope not? Anyway, I truly enjoyed this series with the sled dogs and the pictures of the ducks are stunning! I LOVE the light and the detail you captured on that male duck. Your snow pictures and snow landscapes are prettier than any snow I've seen in my life!

The Retired One said...

Rick: you are welcome! It was my pleasure.

Jientje: I will check my e-mail, and if you submitted a photo by midnight on the 28th, it will be in the entries!! I am glad you liked the duck photos and the dog sled races..I loved taking all of those pix.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh what a fun event to watch. Your photos are great Joan, the action shots came out great. I like the blur of the crowd with the dogs in focus, it gives a sense of speed.

Love your last one, it does remind me of Ghost Rider. I love to experiment with the camera and even the mistakes can be great shots. Maybe one of us should do a contest/challenge along those lines.

The Retired One said...

SquirrelQueen: That is a thought...I may have to do an action theme one of these months!!

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