Four-legged photo assistant.
I have been making an effort to get out and take more pictures. To that end, I’ve started taking my camera with me on the daily dog walk. This sounds like a great idea at first. I can get out into the woods and explore a little bit, take in the beauty, and get some great pictures -- right? Problem is, the things I find interesting and the things the dog finds interesting are not at all the same things. A beautiful flowering plant in a single ray of sunlight beaming through the canopy…? The dog couldn't care less, and she sure as heck does not want to stop for it. Now, a fresh pile of animal scat -- THAT is worth stopping for. And the pace? Forget it. I’m way too slow for the dog; she just wants to chase after the squirrel that ran up a tree a quarter mile in the distance. And of course she’s way too fast for my purposes. There will be no stopping to look at angles, or to think about the light. As soon as I get my subject into focus, the dog will pull on the leash. So this idea of getting better pictures while on the dog walk may not be the best-laid plan. It is, however, a great way to spend some time outside with my best friend.
Duluth, Minnesota based photographer specializing in Landscape and Environmental Portraiture.