Shutterbug Photo of the Day: “Iditarod Start ” by John P. Zager

John P. Zager really went to the dogs with today’s Shutterbug Photo of the Day. Zager’s image shows the start of Alaska’s Iditarod Sled Dog race, which he captured with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 lens set at 86mm. The rest of Zager’s settings were ISO 200, 1/1000 sec and f/5.6.

“To commemorate the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race this coming weekend, I have posted a photo from the 2011 start taken at the Campbell Airstrip in Anchorage,” Zager writes. “Mushers pull two sleds and carry extra riders for the ceremonial start on Saturday. The real race will start on Sunday and will take approximately nine days ending in Nome.”

See a larger version of the photo in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day gallery here.

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We will select one Shutterbug Photo of the Day image every month to run as a full-page feature in the magazine.