Nikon D700 50mm 1/30sec f/1.8 ISO 200

I volunteer for a program called Puppies Behind Bars and we usually get a black Labrador Retriever one weekend a month. However, last weekend I was surprised to get a Golden Retriever named Perdy. The program sends out a write up about the dog  so that volunteers have an idea about the demeanor of the dog. Perdy did not get a good write up so I was a little concerned.

Perdy turned out to be a very loving, gentle and playful dog. For a 15 month old, Perdy was a big boy about 75 to 80 pounds. It was a scorcher in NYC last weekend so we mostly hanged out inside the house where it was cooler. Perdy was easy to photograph, he just kind of laid around and nap most of the time.

For this photo I was trying to focus on the Perdy’s eyes and made sure that I have all his limbs and some tail in the picture. I maid sure that Perdy’s eyes were in focus and shot the photo from the floor or at the same height as Perdy. I shot with 50mm f/1.8 so it forced me to move my feet and my whole body. I do this exercise where I only use one focal length and shoot with it all day. All of my shots with Perdy was taken with the 50mm, which turned out great since we were indoors so the fast prime lens helped a lot.

One thing I did differently with this post was I used Lightroom 3’s Print module to get this photos in one page. If you have any questions about the post please leave a comment or email me. As usual comments, suggestions, request and constructive photo critique are always welcome.


Service Pups

Nikon D80, 42mm, 1/500 sec at f/4.8, ISO 800

I don’t usually shoot photos with people or animals. But I just love this picture. I volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars, which trains drug and bomb detection dogs and psychological service dogs for veterans with PTSD. The amazing part of this program is that the dogs are trained and raised in prison. Dogs are matched with a prisoner who raises them for 12-18 months As a result of the hands-on training, these dogs are very well behaved, trusting and very sweet. On weekends, volunteers, like me, socialize the dogs by taking them around the city. They have service jackets, so they can go places other dogs can’t, like museum, buses and stores. Annabel, the dog in the picture is a 6 month old black lab. The volunteer and the pup were walking around the Time Warner Center and Annabel is curious, but reserved. This photo captures how focused the volunteer and Annabel are on each other. I love this picture because it shows the bond between the pup and the volunteer.

I hope you like the picture as much as I do. Please leave me comments and/or questions.