This is Tilly, a greyhound/lurcher that I photographed just before the snow came. Love her stripey, coloured coat.
Hopefully, my new website should be up and running soon. The blog will still feature, so the dogs that I photograph out and about will be posted regularly. The idea is to upload all the pics I’ve shot so far in the past 18 months or so since the blog began and you’ll be able to view these by date and they’ll be tagged with the dog’s name. You’ll also be able to order prints and other framed products a lot more easily, straight from the new website without being transferred to another site.
So, bear with me. The site is nearly ready to go and I’m working my way through boring stuff like domain names and ‘pointing nameservers’. You have to be such a geek to get anywhere these days.
Here’s Newton the Golden Retriever bounding towards Barney this morning near the bomb crater. He’s a very handsome boy.
About this time last year, we had snow and I managed to photograph a few dogs on the Common and over at the bomb crater where loads of people were sledging.
One of the dogs I photographed last year was Nelson the Pointer and he was the first dog I came across again yesterday. He’s such a handsome chap and I love his black coat with grey flecks down the front.
I met a couple who had four rescue dogs from GRWE Greyhound Rescue (here’s the link to their Facebook Page Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue in the South East). From left to right they are Poppy and Tully (Whippet Xs), Lenny and Stanley (Lurchers). This charity does great work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused and abandoned greyhounds and lurchers. These four were such lovely dogs and were being very good considering all the fun that was going on around them. I love the way these jacketed dogs on different coloured leads are all looking out the picture the same way.
Leya is a Spanish Water Dog and I always like seeing breeds that don’t crop up that often. This is a breed of dog developed by shepherds in Spain as a multi-purpose herder. They’re sometimes used as a gundog, as well as an assistant to fishermen.
Others photographed were Hattie, the Border Collie, an unknown Weimeraner and of course a few shots of my Barney who raced around on the slopes dodging the sledgers.
As Barney and I came back from our walk in the woods yesterday, we met Fern, Ruby and Tigga. They were excited to see Barney, but what these three eager beavers really wanted was to get to the woods.
They could smell it. They were nearly there. Why the hell are these two annoying people chatting when the woods are just around the corner?
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.
A month or so back, we met up with a friend and her newly acquired Newfoundland, Rainzie, that the family had rescued. They have always had ‘Newfies’ and are big fans of this Giant Breed Dog.
Rainzie, is a great big, cuddly bear of a dog. Although they can be a bit stubborn, Newfies usually have a sweet temperament and are natural nursemaids (think Nana in Peter Pan).
But their real prowess is in the water. They are expert swimmers with a frame built for bouyancy and power. The oily, double coat is ideal in cold water. Their giant paws act as paddles, the large, thick tail a rudder and their lips and jowls allow for breathing and carrying something in their mouths at the same time. I have heard warnings from Newfie owners that if you do not wish to be forcibly removed from the water, then you had better not go swimming with one!
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to witness Rainzie in the water (apart from bounding along the stream in the woods). He gave Barney the chase for the first twenty minutes or so but that huge frame can’t be easy to lug around for too long. The little rests got more and more frequent and the drool came…and kept coming. Oh yes, this is a drooly breed of dog. Having a breed like this requires the owner to have towels and flannels to hand and any set up portraits start with a bit of a face clean. It also makes for extra work after taking the pics with more retouching. Just how much do you get rid of? After all, it’s part of the make up of the dog. There’s hair too…they can certainly shed the hair, often losing their coats twice a year. Not a breed for the overly house proud.
It’s great going for a walk with the more unusual, less common breeds. Because of his shear size, Rainzie towered over most dogs and he just becomes a natural conversation starter with other dog walkers you meet.
And did I mention that they drool a bit?
Just look at him go!
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.