Not every Friday yields a collection of perfect dog shots. This Friday I forgot my 50mm lens and had to work with my zoom, big and clunky, not ideal. I sent my first dog back (ever) having taken no photo-the barking, growling and erratic behaviour turned me off. And the kennel after kennel with poop covered floor, and no cleaner people in sight, seemed to demand more attention than snapping a shot. These are just words, the reality is much gloomier. If you can, volunteer. There are just not enough volunteers.
Friday, August 22, 2014
I took him out to play in the off-leash area. He was good. He sat and smiled. I could tell he was smart, that he would be a good dog, and I thought about how good he would be to be mine.
Moments after putting him back in his kennel, he got adopted by a family with a 48 acre ranch.
He and they both got lucky today.
This guy was my second favourite. He was good too.
It was hard to walk away as he watched me through the bars.
They were both Shepherd mixes.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I took this at my friend Sarah's wedding this summer. It's of my good friend Lara and her wee one. She posted it to Facebook and received so many compliments on it, and, after studying and studying this shot, I get that. The composition is good, the subjects are good, the location is awesome, but then I, the photographer, start to look at how it could be better.
I'm trying to decide if that's good or not.
Lara wrote me to tell me how appreciative she is to have this memory. To have a picture of her and her son, at this point in her, his and their, lives. And I'm so glad.
I know this is a good picture for that. And I know I will get better technically. Perhaps instead of looking at this photo as an either/or, I will feel proud that I provided this proof and learn from it.
Thanks Lara for being my muse.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
"I've had a good life." She said to me. Our entire trip culminating to that moment, perhaps the last time I will get to see her. I held on to every word, every story, the veins in her face and in her hands.
"Do you have any advice for me?" "No," she said "I think you're doing just fine.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I figure it takes me about 10 minutes per dog to get a 'good enough' picture. At first I would try and try for the perfect shot, despite no interest in treats or toys, despite not wanting to make eye contact. Now, I recognize when it's not going to happen, when someone is not interested and I just have to move on. Usually, then, I take the most forward facing profile, as they watch other dogs or distractions. Tonight I had one of those, an Australian Shepherd who was just happy to be outside. Can you spot him?
These 2 were my challenge photo. They are a bonded pair, tiny and shivering, who seemed like they had never been approached with love or kindness. The trick here was to capture them together, to show their bond and convince someone to give them a go. I do so hope they get placed together. They seem to be all each other has in the world.