Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Crufts 2016 (Part 3)

The final set of pictures from this year's Crufts starts with a breed I wasn't aware of before: the Clumber spaniel.  The name comes from Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, and Wikipedia lists some of the breed's attributes as: constant shedding of its coat, snoring and the production of excessive drool.  Lovely...

A couple more spaniels, although I'm not quite sure which type.  Springer, perhaps?

Non-gundog breeds were being displayed as part of the Discover Dogs section of the show, including a rather wonderful bloodhound.

Eventually we moved on to the setters: Irish and English.  What handsome dogs they are (and clearly very affectionate too!).

Crufts is a great place for people-watching too.  Here are a few of the human exhibits on show.

In the past we have tried - and failed - to get into the Arena owing to it being completely full.  On this occasion we were determined to see the "Fly Ball", and were delighted to find that the queue was non-existent.  We were quite a long way back which made photography difficult, unfortunately, but the atmosphere was absolutely amazing.

The shots of the Fly Ball competition were all taken with the Fuji X-T1 with 50-140/2.8 lens plus a 1.4x teleconverter, mainly at ISO6400.  I found it needed at least 1/2000s in order to freeze the motion of the dogs, which was a real challenge in an indoor arena with spot lights.

Here's one of the dogs at the point it turns round having picked up a ball.  Talk about fast and furious.

Finally the prize-giving, showing the rather eclectic collection of dog breeds which made up the winning team.