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| p.1 #12 · 7D: AF strategy for subjects coming straight on |
Given you have a repeatable and most willing subject, it is possible to pre-manual focus, especialy with your wides, cropping later for composition adjustments, we did this back before AF existed...
TWO people and your subject dog will be required, you can wing it on your own as well. Simply pre-focus on a point within said superdog's path and anticipate its arrival, fire a burst just before dragracing superdog crosses that point; line in the sand.
With your wides, set ISO as high as is acceptable, set your shutter speed at 1/1000th or higher and try to keep your aperture around f5.6 or f8. Experiment, practice...if you have good light.
One of the absolute joys of today's digital world is the crazy high ISOs we have to explore with. Find the sweet spot in the lenses you shoot, try to get max DOF; your aperture, and max shutter speed all dialed in before you actual shoot, adjust ISO as needed..
Practice, practice, practice anticipating the moment, you don't have to be at a game, in front of superdog to test this, just go outside, pick a point, experiment with those camera setting...while shooting the cars that drive by...at least here in SoCal, cars, trucks; even planes n trains are abundant. And unlike the old days, there's no film processing costs, or the waiting
Give manual a go, but also explore AI Servo and all the fantastic above advice. When in doubt, old school can get the job done.