Golden Sunset – Venice, Florida

» Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Available Light Photography, Environmental Portraits Photography, Portraits Photography | 0 comments

This one is for all the dog lovers out there…including me. It was my Golden Retrievers second birthday. We thought we would do something different for her. Living in Florida and only being about 20 minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico, we thought that we would take her to the dog beach. Yes, dog beach, not dog park. Just as the name implies, there is a section of beach that is reserved just for our furry friends.

Emme, having never seen a body of water this size before was a little hesitant about leaving our sides. After she saw some of the other dogs playing fetch in the salty suds, she was a little more loose about exploring.

We played fetch for awhile but, she never really took to the water. I thought this was kind of strange being a Golden I thought she would jump right in. I guess you can’t rush these things.  I knew if nothing else, this was going to make a great photo op so I took my camera. I’m glad I did as the sunset was so beautiful and the late afternoon gold light lit the side of Emme, this really showed off her color. I wanted to get some “action” shots on the beach as this is one of those situations that you can’t just get anywhere in the world.

How I photographed this…
First, this was all available light. I knew I wanted a fast shutter speed to stop the action. Lucky enough, there was still enough light left for me to get a 1/1000 of a second speed at f/5.6 at ISO 800. I don’t like shooting at such high ISO’s however, I would rather get a shot than no shot. I also had the camera set to continuous at 10 frames a second. How to get a dog to run? Easy, treats. My wife and I divided the treat bag between us then walked in opposite directions. My wife and I were probably 50 feet apart. Emme now knows that we BOTH have treats. My wife called her over first and gave her a few. I got the camera ready and I called her over. During her run over, I grabbed as many shots as the camera would fire off. I gave her a couple of treats and my wife called her over again. We did this three or four times. By the end of the day, I had gotten the photograph that I wanted and Emme’s tummy was full. Everyone was happy.

Until next time…

Keep Your Glass Clean

Spencer

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