Unlike this morning’s depressing weather, last week was blue skies all the way and great for early morning dog photography. I walked Barney over the farmer’s field to the Bidborough side and came across a woman walking five dogs. I’d not met Llinos before but she runs a business called PuppyPals offering dog walking, dog care and boarding services. I was immediately drawn to the two Dalmatians, Tia and Poppy, she had with her. They just happen to be one of those breeds that is so striking to look at. So when two come along together, it’s no contest – the poor old Labrador didn’t get a look in.
It’s nearly a year since I started this dog photography blog and I’ve only come across one other Dalmatian during this time. It was a very fortunate meeting though as I met Dizzy, the Dalmatian on a snowy day back in February and the picture worked so well, I now use it on my business card.
Tia (with red collar) and Poppy (purple collar) looked particularly good on this bright, sunny morning and I love the way the brow of the hill leaves a nice, clean, blue sky backdrop.
No big rambling post today. Obviously we had a good covering of snow yesterday and I just had to get out there and photograph some dogs as you never know how long the snow will last.
I snapped them on my way to the bomb crater where I was going to meet up with my kids who were sledging.
There’s seven new dogs that I’ve not come across before and one that I do know.
I was really pleased to come across Dizzy, as I’ve not yet featured a Dalmatian on this blog and this was the perfect day to photograph one. She was quite a little truffle pig with her nose very much in the snow most of the time, but looks great with her head up in a snowy backdrop. I’m not sure whether I prefer the original colour files or the black and white conversions. I like the way there’s a little splash of colour in the last remaining leaves, but having a white dog with dark spots on a largely white backdrop just works in b&w too.
Nelson, German Sort-haired Pointer – essentially this is nightmare to shoot – black dog on a white backdrop while trying to retain a bit landscape detail. Ends up looking like a studio shot. I ended up going in close to just shoot a portrait as the wider stuff didn’t work.