Last week I had the joy of shooting a miniature Dachshund called Brandy for a friend.
Armed with my Canon 60d, 24-105mm. F4, 135mm f2 and 70-200mm f2.8 I set out for my local art centre. Not only a bar, but a great south facing garden built for William Watts in 1760 http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Hill_Park and around 7pm the light was wonderful.
I was expecting an unruly puppy as all puppies are, it turned out Brandy was very well behaved. I started off we my 70-200mm to obtain some action shots (1/1000 f5.6 ISO 800) as Brandy was running in and out of shadows, ISO 800 allowed for a margin of exposure between the two. Next we had her running down a grass bank with Daisies. Bandy's Brown fir set against the grass and with white flowers was a wonderful combination.
On with the 135mm to exploit the bokeh of this lens. Set at f3.5 I was able have to her head in focus and back ground smoothly out of focus, so we placed her amongst some different coloured Blue Bells.. My favourite shot from the session.
Lastly I put on the 24-105mm for some portraits pics. As she moved up and down the stone stairs the zoom allowed me to stand still and let Brandy to move freely about. I only took 1 posed photo of Brandy glancing over the gardens in a regal stance.
As you see from below, Brandy is a beautiful looking dog and loves being the centre of attention..
To end the great photography shot we headed to the bar for some light refreshments..
I hope you enjoy the photos and please feel free to comment.