I feel like I should be doing something productive with my day off, but I have an Addy sleeping in my shirt, which significantly limits the activities available to me. And since she climbed in there whilst I was sitting at my computer, I guess posting on Wootube is as good as an available activity as any!
So last weekend I spent about 16 hours on what felt like the broiling surface of the SUN photographing all the no-tails at the Australian Shepherd Club of BC trial. It was pretty fun, except for the burning sensation in all of my exposed flesh and the complete evaporation of all liquids in my body. I rented a 70-200mm F/2.8L USM II for the event, which I thought would be magical … but was not. I took a LOT of photos and not as many as I would have liked turned out. I usually have a pretty high shot-to-success ratio, but I’m starting to wonder if my camera is the problem, not the lens. But I used two different cameras, so maybe not. Or maybe this is merely the impetus I need to acquire a new, fancier camera. I like where this stream-of-consciousness is leading! Don’t tell my wallet.
Anyway, when I did get good shots, they were pretty fantastic and I was pleased with the results. And the Aussies were so photogenic.
Cruz the crowd pleaser:
(There’s a jump under him somewhere, but I have heard that Aussies are overachievers)
Indi wanted a say in where they were headed next:
Kane had a chat with Dexter before his run and learned that drooling in the weaves is considered top form!
Lizzy, just being lovely:
Not everydog competing was an Aussie though.
Lorelei, who won The High In Trial for not-Aussies:
Maverick, who doesn’t even really do agility, but his mum really wanted an agility photo of him!
But my favourite photos are of the Contacts That Weren’t :) Like Six, who was feeling extra sproingy:
But it’s the Sadist’s Neko who wins the No Touching award:
There are lots more where that came from! You can check them all out on smugmug.
It was super fun, I would do it again! Though it was not cheap, as I had to rent the lens and take a day off work, and I spent hours every evening editing them so they’d be up quickly, so hopefully lots of people buy lots of photos of their dogs.
Meanwhile, my poor dogs have been so neglected that nobody takes photos of them.
Ender here is about to be abducted by an alien spacecraft – clearly visible just behind him – and I wouldn’t even have noticed, as I was glued to photoshop.
Piper is pretty happy with the way things are going, but she’s got dementia or something, so nobody really listens to her anymore.
The weather turned after the trial, and remained rainy and un-sunny for the duration of the week that I had the lens before returning it, so I didn’t get to really use it all for personal stuff. But obviously I need a new fancier camera so as to enjoy it to its full potential. Definitely. ;-)