OK, so I’ve been jumped on, drooled on , licked in the face and have all kinds of strange hairs on my clothes. Lately I’ve taken interest in the four legged canine species (and their human companions). This will probably end up in a project of some sort. It’s amazing how proud people are of their dogs – and the passion they show when they speak about them.
I have started to walk up to strangers and asking them if I may photograph their dogs – more often than not this brings a smile to their faces and they start talking (often in length) about their furry friend(s) and how much they mean to them.
To me their love is a very sympathetic trait and I have found that I enjoy speaking to these people and I am genuinly interested in what they have to say.
Much of what I have learned about photography stems from me learning it by shooting felines – as it happened I got my first camera at the same time as my wife started breeding cats, she thought it’d be a good idea for me to take the photos needed for her website (This meant that I also had to learn how to make websites ;) ). I had no experience – a stock lens , no flash and subjects that were very hard to control :D.
Technically speaking dogs are much easier to photograph – and all I have to do to find new subjects is to go out for a walk.
I think this person misspelled “Fry”
Shot using the excellent Sigma 35 1.4 Art
We often see tips on what to buy – but here’s an even better one from the very productive Leanne Cole. Mandatory reading: What NOT to buy :)
Make sure to go to the original post for a lot of other suggestions in the comment section.
Originally posted on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY:
Since last week we talked about what we couldn’t live without, so this week it seemed only fitting to talk about the things we wished we had never bought. I know I have a few, luckily for me none of them were really expensive, but still, there were a few things.
1 – Remote shutter release off Amazon
When I was giving up the cycling photography and taking up more landscape and architectural photography I knew I would need a remote shutter release for my camera. I went searching for a Nikon MC-36. They aren’t cheap and I thought I’d got a great deal on Amazon, so I got it, cost me just over $100. When it arrived I was concerned about the quality, the cover for the batteries kept coming off and I had to tape it up. Then after about two months it stopped working. I had a close look at…
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The debate is over :D
(The second photo is made by my mate and Canon owner at http://Penbow.wordpress.com )
Overcast ; my favourite weather to shoot in :). Me and my mate had a short (1,5h) walk. Here are a couple samples of what I got; all shot with a Nikon D800.
I felt a little guilty by taking this shot. I don’t know what happened to him but this boy came walking over the crass, crying and calling out for his mother (don’t worry she was standing just a bit behind me to the right).
(Candid portrait I might add)
Someone told me “real photographers” should never waste time on shots like this…