A few weeks ago I received a message from Matt regarding a photo shoot for his new dog. I'd previously done a photoshoot for him of Simka and Saffra his previous dogs some 5 years ago so I thought it would be great to meet his new dog.....until I heard that she was a whippet! Do I have an aversion to whippets? Nope. But whippets move.... quickly... and much as I love my Fuji XT-1, it's not the fastest at autofocus. So, on the proviso that 'action' shots might be a bit lacking, we finally met up yesterday at Holywell Bay.
The weather was great if breezy but it was mild, sunny and best of all, there weren't too many people about! I wasn't over happy at the £4 car parking fee in the National Trust car park and I don't suppose the car park attendant was too happy at getting it all in small change!
I must say that we had a brilliant afternoon on the beach, in the sand dunes and finally in the stream (yes, in the stream because I couldn't get the images I wanted from the bridge...and the water was exceedingly cold!). Anyway, Millie was a star and was only too happy to cross the stream from one side to the other whilst I struggled to get a (sharp) image. In fact, some frames were devoid of whippet whilst a great many others just had her rear end!
Eventually she realised that she could actually give an enormous leap and cross the stream without touching the water. But, after some practice and a different approach, I got the images I wanted and I'm really pleased. And this is without the firmware update due out on Tuesday which, by all accounts, makes the autofocus lightning fast and super accurate.
Anyway, here's a selection from the day....
I'm very fortunate to live in an exceptionally beautiful part of Cornwall, a short drive away from the beautiful beaches around Trevose, the fishing port of Padstow and the ever changing river Camel. I have walked around this area for more than 25 years and you would think that there wouldn't be anything that I haven't photographed!
The majority of my walks are dog walks.....and the camera comes too, rather than an outing with a photographic intention and the dogs tag along. Knut is well trained now: when the camera comes out of the bag, he immediately sits.....at a safe distance so that he doesn't get yelled at for being in the shot! Baz, the Jack Russell, just does his own thing which generally involves frenetic digging to oust a mouse or rabbit from its nest.
Since ditching my full frame Canon 5D mark II along with the expensive L series lenses I'd so carefully garnered and making the change to Fuji, my photography has taken on a new lease of life. I'm presently using the Fuji flagship, the XT-1 together with the 18-135mm WR lens. This lens has been on the camera since I bought it back in January because it's supremely versatile, weather resistant and beautifully sharp. I carry them in my Ona Bowery waxed canvas messenger bag, along with my Lee filter set (and lots of spare batteries!) and it's light, easy to get at at a moment's notice and, more importantly, always with me.
And that's the point of this Blog! The photographs below are just a selection from the last month or so of dog walking around the cliffs, bays and along the Camel Trail. Some are 'in the right place, at the right time' images, others are opportunities spotted on an earlier occasion and the conditions have become just right. Like most photographers, I'm ALWAYS looking at the light and at various compositions. Enjoy.....and always take your camera with you!
Let's start with this afternoon: Saturday 6th June...
And this morning. Yes, we were out on the Trail at about 4.50 a.m!
Yesterday morning 5th June....
The morning of the 4th June...
This is me...
...teacher, tutor, photographer, gardener and dog walker....in no particular order!