Longest Tongue

July 27, 2012

There is never any shortage of tongues sticking out around here! But look how long they are!!!

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Ben- can't hold his tongue in when he wants the ball...

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Piper doesn't really have an excuse. lol.

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Isis is exuberant always and isn't afraid to show it.

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Rocky says all this playing is hard work!

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Olive's tongue has a mind of it's own!

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And Rex thinks that a little tongue is just how you show you're happy!

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Dogs Eye View

July 26, 2012

This morning I was brave enough to get on the ground (with my camera!!) while the big dogs played in the big yard. I got some interesting photos. icon wink Dogs Eye View

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Kaycee, front and centre as always! Rex(Golden) and Olive in the background

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Riley (Wheaten) and Amy look ready for the throw...

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Spit Bubbles, everyone wants to see those once in their lifetime. Amy is happy to oblige.

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Running back without the toy....

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This is the real danger, and why I had to wash my lens three times. Finn the Bull Terrier has no sense of personal space..

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The Excitement of fetch!

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Expressions

July 24, 2012

Wendy is gone so you’ll have to bear with my photography skills for the next few weeks. icon wink Expressions They may not always be in perfect focus but they will be entertaining! Here are some photos of some funny faces from this morning…..

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Dozer looks to be laughing at something Bronco said

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Jackson looks pretty happy to have gotten the stick

 

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Fin, Dozer, and Lyla hang on tight while Koda waits for an opportunity

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Koda- content with his prize!

 

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Headshots

July 20, 2012

It has been a long, long while since I’ve taken any pictures at the daycare.  We are so far behind in pictures of new dogs it isn’t even funny.  Amanda will be working on that in the next couple of weeks!  In the meantime, I thought we’d share a few headshots… Tonka the bulldog is the only “new” dog but the Molly, Sawyer and Charlie were too cute to not share too!

 

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Head Tilt

July 19, 2012

Jaxson, quite possibly, has the cutest head tilt ever.  He can even do it both ways!head tilt 1024x524 Head Tilt

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Lorelei and I met up with Macey, Indie, Sue and Leah for an Ultimate Family Session last week or maybe the week before (I’m starting to lose track of time this summer!).  Lorelei and I have teamed up to give you awesome dog photos AND awesome family pictures.  I focus on the dogs, she focuses on the people and we get a little bit of cross over just for fun.  We’ve done three together so far this summer and each one has been a blast.  I’ll leave Lorelei to showcase her photos (you can check her out on her Facebook page) but here are a few that I took that night.

Macey has been coming to daycare for a few years and I STILL managed to see a side to her I had never seen.  At daycare she is shy, reserved and very sweet.  Out at the park she was wild, playful, toy obsessed and had no time for pets or cuddles.  LOL.

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I’d never met Indie before but she was definitely my kind of girl – BALL OBSESSED.

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Macey proved yet again that the Cuz toy is the best thing ever.

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Although we couldn’t convince Indie of this. All she wanted was her tennis ball.  Nothing else would do.  I thew her another toy, she caught it and then instantly spat it out as if I’d tried to trick her into eating brussel sprouts or something.  She is a girl that knows what she wants!

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I’m used to seeing Macey with one ear up and one ear down but for whatever reason in most of the pictures she had both up all the time!  Was it the excitement?  The wind? The cuz toy?  ;)

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And we managed to get some silhouette shots as well.  As always, they turned out to be some of my favourites.

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This was one of the last shots I took of the night and the closest I got to getting an actually “family photo”.  Can you see why it will be nice to have Lorelei’s as well?  LOL

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Thanks Ladies for a great time and for showing me your walking spot. The girls and I will definitely be checking it out!

 

 

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I’m behind.  So behind.  In everything.  Photos, paperwork, blogging, housework, daycare maintenance, weeding, etc. etc.  I could go on and on and on and on.  But I won’t.  Instead I’ll show you some pictures that I took back in May.  Yup.  May.  I’ve been sitting on these cuties for like a month because I just haven’t had time to get to them until today.  It was a different session for me – I was on my own in a non-off leash area with dogs off leash, Duncan wouldn’t leave my side and I had to take my favourite lens off my camera.  It was good though. It made me do stuff and get photos I wouldn’t normally have gotten.  And you can’t help but have fun with these two!

 

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It has to happen at least once a trial I think.  A dog forgets that it is running on a teeter totter and instead of patiently waiting for it to tip, they go flying off the end.  I blogged a different series last year from a trial, but this year the angle I was at allowed me to capture the owner’s expressions – which are just priceless.  :)

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She can see the danger coming and tries to get her to stop…

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Horror strikes as she has past the point of no return and she is going to jump off.

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And finally hoping for a safe landing…

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Hunter made a safe landing and carried on like nothing was amiss.  She just gave us all a little scare with her high flying acrobatics.

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Excuses, Excuses

June 4, 2012

This weekend Andy (with Lodgepole Photography) and I photographed the AAC AB/NWT Regionals.  It was a weekend filled with fun, fast dogs and we loved every minute of it.  The trial went incredibly smoothly and we were able to get back home to our hotel room every night by around 4:00 to start work on the photos we took.  We still have a tonne more to do, but as I am going through the photos I’m struck by a thought that comes up with every event I photograph.

Every time I photograph an event, I end up with tonnes of great shots of some dogs, and not nearly as many of others.  I wonder if owners notice and if they wonder why this happens. So I thought I’d explain.  It isn’t because I like one dog more than another one, or because I tried harder with one dog over another.  There are a whole lot of reasons why some dogs end up with more photos than others.

Warning – this blog post is purposely filled with not so great photos just to illustrate my points.  I realize that is probably not my best marketing move!  LOL.  Although I’ll crop the first one to make it a better image and while I quite like the last one, it probably isn’t really what an owner is looking for in an agility photo.  The other three are already in the “trash”.

  1. If your dog is small, odds are you won’t have as many pictures.  I like dynamic close-ups of dogs and little dogs don’t fill the frame nearly as much as the big dogs do.  Yes, I can crop the photo to compensate (and I often do), but a cropped photo is never as good as one straight out of the camera. Imagine this same photo with a large golden retriever going through the tire.  The dog would fill the tire and it wouldn’t get lost in image like this adorable papillon does. Small dogs are also harder to focus on (there is less for the camera to find) and handlers tend to run closer to them and often end up blocking the shot with their legs.Reason 1 2 Excuses, Excuses
  2. Dark dogs are harder to photograph.  Not because they are dark, but because lighting conditions are much less forgiving on a dark dog.  Any little shadow can have a huge impact on the image and can take a dark dog and make it black and can take a black dog and make it a faceless blob.  :)  If the dog below was mainly white instead of black, there would still be a shadow on the side of their face, but you’d still be able to see some detail in the shadow.  I like it when photos show the dogs’ eyes and it feels like something is lacking when you can’t see them.  My favourite lighting conditions are either high overcast (like on Saturday), or when the dog is facing directly into the sun so there are no shadows on their face. I try to avoid taking photos when the dog is sideways to the sun like in this photo below, but courses are not set up with the photographer in mind.  Shocking, I know. If I ruled the world…Reason 1 Excuses, Excuses
  3. Sometimes the equipment or handler casts a shadow that hits the dog at just the wrong spot.Reason 1 4 Excuses, Excuses
  4. The camera loves some dogs and struggles to focus on others. I’m not sure if it is the texture, the colouring or both, but the camera can have a hard time with certain dogs.  I struggle with Amanda’s dog Boone for example. It is like he is dressed in camo or something and the camera swears he isn’t there. When he picks up a toy  though, the camera can suddenly find him again.
  5. If you are the first couple of dogs to run, I’m probably not that confident of the course yet and therefore can’t predict where you are going to be and when.  I watch the walk through, but I definitely get better at remembering the course after watching a few dogs run it.  And of course, the littlest dogs often go first, which reduces their photo chances even more!  Those poor small dogs just can’t cut a break.  ;)
  6. Sometimes I miss.  If my timing is off at all, I miss the shot and there are rarely any do-overs in agility.  (I’m probably the only one on the field that likes it when a dog pops out of the weave poles and has to do them again – it gives me another opportunity to take more photos!)  In this photo below, my camera was fast enough that the next frame caught the dog in the middle of the tire, but that doesn’t always work out so nicely.  Occasionally my timing seems to be off for most of the run. I hate it when that happens, but luckily I have more than 1 run over the weekend to get some good pictures.Excuses 1 Excuses, Excuses
  7. If a dog does something unexpected it can throw my rhythm off, just like it can throw off the handler’s rhythm.

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This isn’t to say we won’t have some great shots of each and every dog from this weekend but just to say that some dogs will have MORE great shots than others.  We will be posting photos in the next week or two.  We both have day jobs and are working in all our spare time to get the images up for you to see.  I’m hoping we’ll have them up on the weekend, but don’t hold me to that.  I do promise to get up a few sneak peaks on the blog this week though and there are already some up on our Facebook page.

Thank you to Flashing Canines for hosting an incredible event.  The volunteers, the judges, the organizers, the dogs and all the participants were awesome!

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Here are a few more random shots from the other day.

Harley, on a mission to something.

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Robbie never travels anywhere without running.

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Isis is a little bit of a nut.

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Rex was convinced my camera was a toy so he was on his best behaviour hoping I’d throw it for him.

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Rex finally found a real toy only to have Kaycee try and steal it away.Random 5 1024x682 Random Shots   Lethbridge Dog Daycare

Storm and Tessy were having a moment…

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Paisley also never does anything half measures.  If you need to get somewhere you might as well get there quickly!

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Simba trying to use his charm on Amanda who is holding the toy.

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Journey prefers the side swept tongue look.  She’s trying to start a new trend.

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Jet gets more and more excited the longer it takes for your to throw the toy.

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Duke only has one look – handsome.  I think it is impossible to take an unflattering picture of him.

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Storm is the same, she is always gorgeous.

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