|"1" Canon FTb Scanned print|
|"2" Canon FTb Scanned print|
|"3 Snout" Canon FTb Scanned print|
|"4" Canon FTb Scanned print|
Not had any of the dog in awhile so here he is eating a treat. I posted "Snout" before but as it is from this shoot I thought I would include it again in the order I shot it.
I took these shots late September, a very fast 3-5 minutes sitting with a single treat. To be prepared I had all the camera settings ready and made sure I had the appropriate lens attached before I went hassling the dog.
Animals tend to bore very fast and the camera lens can make them a bit on edge as to them it resembles a giant eye. When it comes to most animals, humans included staring without blinking is intimidating and comes across threatening anyone with any canine experience will tell you it's an act of war and best avoided. So what do you do to combat this when you want to photograph your dog? and other pets.
At all times the animal must be comfortable and at ease. If they are stressing out you will know by their behaviour. This is why short sessions are best. Sometimes I will sit with my own dog for 15 minutes or more so he is relaxed and then I will take a few quick shots and stop.
'Still no. 5' from the Descension Series was shot in much of the way I just described however the dog at the time was watching a butterfly so I knew I had only one shot before he would move to try and catch it. The vertical lines created by the gate really add to the scene and were exaggerated by using a smaller aperture setting to encourage longer shadows. In my opinion it's a great shot and one of my favourites. The Butterfly lived because the clicking of the shutter distracted the dog long enough for it to escape.
Another shot from the Descension Series took a lot longer, 'Still no. 8' as mentioned in the linked post took the best part of half a day setting up. This is purely because I had a predetermined shot in my head that I wanted to capture. Although there was a lot of preparation and working with the dog I only shot 6 stills for the session.
Then there are shots like this were it is literally right place right time. I was setting up to shoot a portrait of him and he yawned. I took the shot and also took a few portrait shots but on the roll this was by far the most interesting. I gave this print to my youngest sister as she liked it so much.
To make it easier and if you have the option you could chose to use a longer lens such as a 70 - 300mm that way you do not have to get too close to the animal and avoid agitation altogether. I hope this helps a little.
I have just finished doing a giant overhaul of the online store hence the Portrait only post earlier this week. Lots of changes have been made and more products have been added including new fine art photography prints as well as various mounting options.
The studio has a limited supply of Spicer Hallfield Slip-In Gatefold folder mounts, as well as a professional mounting option.
The Frequently Asked Questions section has also been updated and if there are any more queries please let me know and I will address them.
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I'm currently listening to "The Best Of Otis Redding" and "The Temptations Greatest Hits" the latter a birthday present from my sisters.
Until next week
Take care of one another