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 Post subject: Pet photography..why not
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:47 pm 
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Yes it's been a while since I posted and no this is not my usual haunting place on the forum, much more suited to the landscape section but I decided I needed a challenge and when a friend from work approached me and said "you take some great photos can you take some of my new puppy?" I thought well...how hard can it be....

Hmmm. Take one puppy, that is living life at least 7 times faster than me and an ageing amatuer photographer who knows nothing about working with pets and children and it's a recipe for disaster.

It took me a wee while to figure out the following.
1) you have to move as the dog won't stay still for more than a millisecond
2) where did I put that really fast f2 lens
3) take a cloth as the lenses attract puppy slobber
4) distraction is the key
5) ISO 1600 and beyond is your friend
6) 80%of your shots will either miss the subject, be blurry or are just crap.


All shot using canon 550d with 35mm f2. Post processing in lightroom.


Anyway..here are a few of the better shots, I think I took around 120 photos, of which about 20 were usable. Full set on Flickr, just follow the link. Selection below.

Think I will return to landscapes...

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Peppa (24) by robbon44, on Flickr

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Peppa (17) by robbon44, on Flickr

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Peppa (16) by robbon44, on Flickr


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Peppa (14) by robbon44, on Flickr


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Peppa (10) by robbon44, on Flickr

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Peppa (5) by robbon44, on Flickr


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Peppa (2) by robbon44, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:01 am 
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Nice batch robbon. I'm sure your friend was delighted with the results. I've had similar problems with grandchildren, yielding very low keep rates. Digital comes into its own at these times!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:30 pm 
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Omgosh so cute! Cocker or Springer?

The tip for pups is stupid noises such as kissy noise and that noise the alien toys from Toy Story make. They're the best ones.

Or food. A bit of cheese will go a long way.

I may be new to DSLR's but not to dogs :)

They're great photos :)


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:59 am 
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Nice Job, its hard work, Peppa 16 is really nice. Kids and birds are no different, hard work. High iso and lots of dof can get you out of trouble, the 6D really makes a difference there. I had to really work with the 7D to get these shots, but all that learning now makes getting these shots with the 6D a breeze.

Hint , get a 6D and use it together with your crop sensor, its like doubling your lens collection. The 6D with the 24-70 Tamron is fun indoors with low light, its focus ability is so much better , its a real confident camera. But then again the 7D with the 24-70 2.8 is great for that stuff too, just not quite as confident or precise in low light.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:58 pm 
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cheers for the feedback, not ben active for a while as been busy with work, should really pick up the camera again.

on the hunt for a canon 6d now...

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:13 am 
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+1 to the above Robbon, are you going to enter one in the comp this month, my cat won't pose for me.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:23 pm 
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Hi I'm picking up the camera again so maybe..

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