Montana’s Race to the Sky

Montana Dog Sledding

As night falls, racers head out into Montana’s wilderness. Canon 5DmkIII 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II f5.6 1/180 ISO6400

Had a great time this weekend photographing the start to Montana’s Race to the Sky sled dog race over in Seeley Lake. Due to the insanely warm temperatures we’ve had around the west this winter, snow has been hard to find in some areas. Usually the race kicks off near Helena with another send off in Lincoln, but this year that definitely wasn’t happening. The teams took off near Seeley Lake with plenty of snow for the most part, but temperatures were still warm.

The race features both a 300 mile and 100 mile leg through Montana’s mountains and is also a qualifier for Alaska’s Iditirod. This year there were 29 teams participating in the race.

Shooting the race as night fell was challenging to say the least, especially with fast dogs and no light. I managed to pull off a few shots in the beginning, but as it got dark I had to get a little more creative

Sled Dogs

Dogs getting ready. Canon 5DMKIII 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II f5.6 1/500 ISO3200

Montana Winter Sports

Dogs harnessed and ready to go. Canon 1DX 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II f5.6 1/180 ISO6400

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