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Online Ordering of Crufts Pics

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve now uploaded all the pics I kept from the four days photographing at Crufts.

You can get to the Shop part of the site by clicking here or the link in the right-hand column.

You’ll have noticed that lots of the pictures on this blog are in black and white. These are b&w conversions from the original colour image. I’ve only uploaded the colour images to the shop site but if anyone would like a b&w print done, please send me a message stating which images you’d like and I can always upload a b&w version to the shop.

Here’s a string (made up, but sounds like an appropriate collective noun) of Miniature Smooth Haired Daschunds. They are, in no particular order, Syrup, Trouble, Ripple, Brin and Woody.

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschunds

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Online Ordering of Crufts Pics

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Lots of people have been getting back to me about getting copies of the pictures that have featured on this blog from the past four days at Crufts.

I’m in the process of sorting and editing and will be uploading the pictures to the shop part of the site (look to the right where it has a big ‘SHOP ONLINE’ in red letters). Once I uploaded everything, just click there and you’ll find the images grouped by the day (Thurs-Sun). They aren’t ready yet but should be there in a couple of days so please pop back and have a look to see if your dog is there.

You can click on the link now to see what’s available to buy and how much things cost.

I’ll be uploading all the pics that made it on to the blog posts plus a few more and the final day Best In Show pics and presentation.

Please can you share this link around if you recognised any of the dogs in the previous posts.

Here’s one of Best In Show judge Frank Kane taking a look at the overall winner Elizabeth, a Lhasa Apso.

Elizabeth, Lhasa Apso, Best In Show Winner at Crufts 2012

Best In Show Winner at Crufts 2012

March 11, 2012 1 comment

Winner of Best in Show at Crufts 2012, Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) a Lhasa Apso with owner Margaret Anderson from Coventry.

Crufts Best In Show 2012

Crufts Best In Show 2012, Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) a Lhasa Apso with owner Margaret Anderson from Coventry.

Crufts Best In Show 2012

Crufts Best In Show 2012

Crufts Best In Show 2012, Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) a Lhasa Apso with owner Margaret Anderson from Coventry with Frank Kane, the Best In Show judge.

Crufts Best In Show 2012, Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) a Lhasa Apso with owner Margaret Anderson from Coventry.

Crufts Best In Show 2012, Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) a Lhasa Apso with owner Margaret Anderson from Coventry.

Sunday at Crufts #1

March 11, 2012 2 comments

Well it’s the final day and I must admit I’m getting a feeling of dog photography fatigue.

It’s Hounds and Terriers today and I’ve been doing the usual thing of arriving in the morning, entering one of the halls and working my way around, especially the showing areas.

Although I’ve got no brief or deadlines with this project, I’m trying to keep the coverage up to date with a blog post/pictures at roughly the same time each day so that all the people I’ve spoken to, photographed their dogs and given my card to, have something to look out for when they get back each evening.

The hits on the site have gone up and up this week and this is all good. If you are reading this, please can you pass this blogsite on to any of your friends, Facebook groups, dog-owners groups, dog businesses or anybody else who may be interested.

I’m writing this in the press room and there’s a few more people here today, I expect in anticipation of the Best In Show to come later. I’m going to shoot it from one of the press seats. Personally, I don’t find photographing in the arena particularly rewarding. Getting a little elevated can help (photographically) with a clean background, but you can be a bit far off at times so we’ll see. At ringside you can get a bit closer, but then you have all the advertising in the background and as I’m not shooting for a sponsor, this is pretty unappealing anyway.

The presentation shot of the winner will be handy to have but I expect like most of these things, it will become a bit of a bun fight. Yesterday I photographed all the people with cameras photographing one of the Best in Breed presentations and a guy said to me, “there’s the picture mate” pointing at the winners. I told him I thought the picture had been covered well enough by everybody else, but he probably did know best.

Time for a cup of coffee before venturing into the main arena, to sit with the other snappers, who no doubt will blast the hell out the proceedings from 50 yards away. I’ll try to pick my moments.

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Lily The Pink, Airedale Terrier

Lily The Pink, Airedale Terrier

Alphonse, Kerry Blue Terrier

Alphonse, Kerry Blue Terrier

Ghillie, Skye Terrier

Ghillie, Skye Terrier

Biggles, Skye Terrier

Biggles, Skye Terrier

Tinkerbell, Maltese

Tinkerbell, Maltese

Tinkerbell, Maltese

Tinkerbell, Maltese

Max, Welsh Terrier

Max, Welsh Terrier

Max, Welsh Terrier

Max, Welsh Terrier

Falcon, Bedlington Terrier

Falcon, Bedlington Terrier

Parker, Bedlington Terrier

Parker, Bedlington Terrier

Stitch, Parson Russell Terrier

Stitch, Parson Russell Terrier

Duster, Parson Russell Terrier

Duster, Parson Russell Terrier

Cactus, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Cactus, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Louie, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Louie, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Monty, Manchester Terrier

Monty, Manchester Terrier

Skye, Manchester Terrier

Skye, Manchester Terrier

Etta, Bedlington Terrier

Etta, Bedlington Terrier

Maddy, Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Maddy, Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Alfie, Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Alfie, Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Pukka, Norfolk Terrier

Pukka, Norfolk Terrier

Beulah, Miniature Bull Terrier

Beulah, Miniature Bull Terrier

Hoskins, Bull Terrier

Hoskins, Bull Terrier

Celeste & Archie, Cesky Terriers

Celeste & Archie, Cesky Terriers

Milly, Cesky Terrier

Milly, Cesky Terrier

Shane, Mischa & Elsa, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs

Shane, Mischa & Elsa, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs

Sloughi

Sloughi

Taffy & Atticus, Bloodhounds

Taffy & Atticus, Bloodhounds

Tigger, Whippet

Tigger, Whippet

Obe & Tigger, Whippets

Obe & Tigger, Whippets

Katie, Whippet

Katie, Whippet

Sasha (left) & Suzie, Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Sasha (left) & Suzie, Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

these three pics of Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund, include Syrup, Trouble, Ripple, Brin & Woody (but in not in that order!)

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Miniature Smooth-Haired Daschund

Annabel, Long-Haired Daschund

Annabel, Long-Haired Daschund

Jasper & Eric, Afghan Hounds

Eric (left) & Jasper, Afghan Hounds

Jasper & Eric, Afghan Hounds

Eric (left) & Jasper, Afghan Hounds

Whippet

Whippet

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

Saturday at Crufts

March 10, 2012 5 comments

It’s Working and Pastoral dogs today, so they feature quite heavily. Here’s a selection from my rounds.

Muki, Komondor

Muki, Komondor

Muki, Komondor

Muki, Komondor

Muki, Komondor

Muki (right) & Fodi, Komondor

Muki (right) & Fodi, Komondor

Harley, Bearded Collie

Harley, Bearded Collie

Tyler (right) & Dream, Bearded Collies

Tyler (right) & Dream, Bearded Collies

Panda, Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Panda, Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Shadow, Border Collie

Shadow, Border Collie

from left, Diamond, Sapphire & Freya, Border Collies

from left, Diamond, Sapphire & Freya, Border Collies

l to r - Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin & Cerrig, Papillons

l to r – Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin & Cerrig, Papillons

l to r - Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin & Cerrig, Papillons

Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin, Anton & Cerrig, Papillons

Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin, Anton & Cerrig, Papillon

Bruce, Border Collie

Bruce, Border Collie

Ash, Rough Collie

Ash, Rough Collie

Diamond & Kissy, Belgium Shepherds

Diamond & Kissy, Belgium Shepherds

Valverde, Estrela Mountain Dog

Valverde, Estrela Mountain Dog

Valverde, Estrela Mountain Dog

Valverde, Estrela Mountain Dog

Kai (left) & Ciela, Maremma Sheepdog

Kai (left) & Ciela, Maremma Sheepdog

Magic, Briard

Magic, Briard

Giselle, German Shepherd Dog

Giselle, German Shepherd Dog

Monty, Shetland Sheepdog

Monty, Shetland Sheepdog

Bert the Great Dane enjoying Billy + Margot iced treats

Bert the Great Dane enjoying Billy + Margot iced treats

Angel, Bulldog

Angel, Bulldog

Asra, Alaskan Malamute

Asra, Alaskan Malamute

Bearded Collie showing

Bearded Collie showing

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Dilly, Welsh Corgi

Dilly, Welsh Corgi

photographing Old English Sheepdog Best in BreedOld English Sheepdog, Best in Breed

Old English Sheepdog, Best in Breed

from left, Apple, Amy & Ben, St Bernard

from left, Apple, Amy & Ben, St Bernard

Trevor, St Bernard

Trevor, St Bernard

Oscar, Samoyed

Oscar, Samoyed

Floyd, Hungarian Puli

Floyd, Hungarian Puli

Floyd, Hungarian Puli

Floyd, Hungarian Puli

Truls & Tyke, Swedish Vallhund

Truls & Tyke, Swedish Vallhund

Friday at Crufts #2

March 9, 2012 4 comments

Second day in and I don’t think I’ll ever get my bearings. I keep saying it, but it’s huge and the trade stands just go on and on. I’m trying to resist not spending all my money. No Barney, you have a bed already. But they look so comfy. No, stop it. I have bought him a flea comb though; he’ll be pleased about that. Or maybe not – it’s a bit like receiving socks for Christmas – practical but not very exciting. Might just have to get him a glow in the dark collar though.

It’s funny in that although this is a big dog show with lots of dog displays, breed showing in the various arenas, heelwork, flyball, demonstrations etc, I still find myself more drawn to just photographing the dogs around and about. Sort of hanging out, snatched pictures and informal portraits. To me, I find this more interesting.

Lots of people are going on to the blog at the moment as the word gets around. If anyone has any requests or would like me to stop by in the next two days, feel free to get in touch and I’ll see if I can find you. Having said that, I didn’t manage to meet up with my pug contact from Tunbridge Wells, but I promise I’ll get some pug shots to make up for it.

Next blog post will be from the main arena for the Group Judging and Presentation for the Gundogs.

Mugly, Chinese Crested

Mugly, Chinese Crested – I was told that Mugly is considered the most ugly dog in the world – I’m not so sure. He’s a real crowd pleaser and this Pets As Therapy dog lots of attention. Not surprised when you get carted around a pushchair.

Mugly, Chinese Crested

Dare, Working Cocker Spaniel

Dare, Working Cocker Spaniel. Had to get this lovely lady on the blog – Barney will appreciate it when he logs on this evening.

Byron, Golden Retriever

Byron, Golden Retriever. I went and took a close up of Byron afterwards and although I was staring at him through the lens, when he let a loud woof, I jumped out of my skin. What a wuss.

Whiskey, Scottish Terrier

Whiskey, Scottish Terrier.

Alfie, Working Sheepdog

Alfie, Working Sheepdog.  Alfie and the next two were competing in the Advanced Obedience.

Indy, Working Sheepdog

Indy, Working Sheepdog. Love all the good luck cards, charms, balloons etc. This seems to be the thing to do for the dogs in this competition.

Ricky, Border Collie

Ricky, Border Collie.

Yoda (right) & Vader, French Bulldogs

Yoda (right) & Vader, French Bulldogs. In amongst all these people and dogs, I come across one that I’ve photographed before (at Discover Dogs).

Vader (right) & Yoda, French Bulldogs

Vader (right) & Yoda, French Bulldogs

Dom, Toy Poodle

Dom, Toy Poodle

Dom, Toy Poodle (left) & Gizmo (Lhasa/Terrier X)

Dom, Toy Poodle (left) & Gizmo (Lhasa/Terrier X)

Tito, German Shepherd

Tito, German Shepherd. Lovely light-coloured Pets As Therapy dog

Friday at Crufts #1

March 9, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s gundogs this morning and there’s some seriously beautiful dogs out there.

I noticed lots of Irish Setters doing that lovely thing of resting their heads on the backs of other Irish Setters.

I overheard someone explaining the difference between Irish Setters and Irish Red & White Setters – apparently Irish Setters want to please you (the owner). Irish Red & White Setters want to please themselves. Wonder if this rings true with you owners out there.

Willow, Irish Setter

Willow, Irish Setter

Irish Setters

Irish Setters

Irish Setter

Irish Setter

Irish Setters

Oliver, Irish Setter

Oliver, Irish Setter

Chase, Irish Setter

Chase, Irish Setter

Charlie, Irish Setter

Charlie, Irish Setter

Jeroben By Golly Miss Holly, Irish Red & White Setter

Jeroben By Golly Miss Holly, Irish Red & White Setter

Wannabee A Laydee, Pointer

Wannabee A Laydee, Pointer

Nicci Hindson with Cindally Bazil Brush in the Heelwork to Music Competition

Nicci Hindson with Cindally Bazil Brush in the Heelwork to Music Competition

Wilmslow Flyball Team, (l to r) Silver, 007 and Sammy

Wilmslow Flyball Team, (l to r) Silver, 007 and Sammy

Maisy, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla & Ollie, Shih Tzu/Westie X

Maisy, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla & Ollie, Shih Tzu/Westie X

Nesta, Sussex Spaniel

Nesta, Sussex Spaniel

Harry, Sussex Spaniel

Harry, Sussex Spaniel

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