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Greg Chappell Oct 6, 2013 2:10 AM

Barkin' In The Park- 2013
Saturday was that day again....the annual schnauzer reunion of pets adopted by a local rescue group, and I volunteered to do the "portraits".

Didn't have much choice picking the spot to set up as it was raining at the time so had to go underneath the pavilion where all the other "stuff" was happening. Talk about subjects with things on their minds other than having their pictures taken.... :).

Technical details: E-M5 and Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8. Flash provided by Olympus FL50R, which was mounted on a tripod and bounced into an umbrella about 6-7 feet from the subject. I controlled the flash wirelessly with a Cactus radio trigger. Flash was set manually to 1/4 power and the exposure, based on the ambient background light, was ISO 400, 1/250 second and around f4 or f5, it varied a little during the event.

ramcewan Oct 6, 2013 8:10 AM

good work Greg! you did quite well to get such good expressions on the dogs. Did you use anything like a favorite toy to keep their focus on you?

I saw this interesting mount for putting a smartphone out in front of your camera to keep toddler's eyes on the camera by playing cartoons. I imagine with the right videos playing it would work for dogs too

boBBrennan Oct 6, 2013 8:19 AM

...well, it doesn't get more pro than these, dadgum camera... ya shulda used a FF, little ILC buggers can't get it done right, say some.

Great day for great pictures of great subjects. Fun looking at the rest of the photos too, I am sending the gallery link to my neighbor friend who has two, she will love seeing them.

Greg Chappell Oct 6, 2013 11:09 AM

That video-thing is pretty darn ingenious. Yes, I would imagine in a less stressful environment than under that picnic pavilion yesterday it would definitely do the trick. There were like 45 dogs barking and running around and even a few horseback riders in the park that had the dogs attention. About half the time it was a miracle and testament to the ladies who were wrangling the dogs on the platform that we got what we did.

Greg Chappell Oct 6, 2013 11:13 AM

Now that I have the images posted, I'm going back to Photoshop and playing around with some extra processing to try and take away the leashes being used to keep the dogs on stage, primarily using the content aware fill process in Photoshop CC. Here's one finished result using the fourth image above..

Steven R Oct 6, 2013 2:23 PM

Excellent shots Greg. Those photos all rank high on the "cuteness" factor.

KulaCube Oct 6, 2013 9:37 PM

What a gang! Nice captures considering the setting. I really like the personality of number 5 -- such confidence

MarceloLI Oct 7, 2013 1:06 PM

Fantastic shots, very sharp and love the DOF.


James Emory Oct 9, 2013 1:57 PM

Those shots are simply superb, couldn't be better.

drew881 Oct 9, 2013 2:47 PM

The first shot is great. If you are removing leashes, that is actually the only photo where I immediately noticed one (between the hands).

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