Got home from Photoshop World and my dog Eva was pretty excited to have me home. We took a day off and the family went to the dog park, the pet store and ended the day with a long walk on the beach at sunset. Eva loves to swim and pickup drift wood. Some days when her energy is really high she will do these crazy flips and jumps when you are getting ready to throw a stick out into the surf. I happened to have my camera with me and was able to get Lori to toss out a million or so sticks so I could get a few shots of her athletic abilities. It is amazing how much torque and spin she can get when flipping. As you watch more and more, you realize that the contortions are all about keeping your eye on the stick so you can find it out there in the world.
As for me an the camera, it was pretty easy work. The model was willing just to be herself in front of the camera, and the light was amazing. My only hard part was getting myself in a position to capture the spins, twist and flips. Of course, this is no easy task down on the beach with a wet dog. Water and sand are not friends of the camera, and a flipping dog throws a lot of both around. Needless to say, I was more than once thinking about how long I was going to be cleaning my camera and lens.
I also know that while these aren’t the best photographs the reason that I thought I would share them is because I have a cool dog and that all of these images provided me with some insights into how I actually want to have these photographs look. So over the next week or so, we will be taking a lot of walks at sunset and Lori will get to practice her fastball more than she wants. If all goes well, I’ll get a great sky, backgrounds that work and less seaweed on the beach. If all goes well, I will get to have some images taken where she doesn’t land on my head, and I am able to show a sky-high puppy.