After a brisk cross-country ski with our fox red Lab pup Rowan, I decided to take a few snowy mug […]
With deep snow covering the hills here in Ohio, I couldn’t resist taking Rowan out for a romp in the white and fluffy. Grabbing a rope toy for Rowan to retrieve, we headed out to a nearby field.
My goal was to take action photos, high speed images of Rowan racing through the snow. Rowan’s ‘fox red’ coat looks especially good in early- or late-day sun, so, I took her out to a hilltop where the last golden rays were lighting things up. Generally speaking, dog action shots require shutter speeds of at least, say, 1/1000 second. That means that strong sun, medium to wide apertures, and medium to high ISO settings are often best.
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The temps here in Ohio have dropped to below freezing, and a beautiful blanket of snow covers the ground—the perfect […]
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Almost all dogs sport a collar of one sort or another. If you plan on taking a lot of photos of your dog, then it’s probably worthwhile pondering what collar will look best on your furry friend.
Below are images depicting Rowan, our four-month old ‘fox red’ Labrador retriever, wearing collars of different colors. For years we have been using nylon collars from Lupine Pet, the gold standard for style, durability, and customer support. (Once, one of our pups chewed a hole in the collar of another one of our dogs. Lupine replaced the collar no questions asked!)
Labs love water, right? Throw a stick into a pond, and your retriever will dart into the water likety split. But giving her a bath may be an entirely different story. So for your puppy’s first cleaning, make sure to have your camera in-hand.
For Rowan, her first time in the tub wasn’t too bad. Of course, pouring the initial containers of water on her head elicited a natural drawing away, a great subject for a close-up shot.
Rowan’s first visit to a dog park was great fun, both for our pup as well as her owners. While a number of big dogs trotted all around the fenced-in park, Rowan found a more quiet spot of grass where she quickly engaged in wrestling Bear, another Lab pup better matched in size. They nipped, chased, rolled, pounced, paused, and then went at it again, seemingly with limitless energy and enthusiasm.
What I’m hearing from readers is this: In your dog blog, don’t tell us how to take professional pet portraits; […]