After quite a dark month, it is time to focus on something light. One of the lights in my life is Beans, my 8 month old viszla pup, who is as sunny a character as you’ll ever come across. When things get dark i play with her and life is a bit brighter. Obviously, i photograph her a lot too, which is a challenge. She’s lovely and everything, but also quite mad and bouncy, so she might be in a gorgeous position one second, but before i’ve even pointed the camera at her she’s either gone or looking ridiculous again. It’s rare to catch her like this:
Now as i’ve become a very serious photographer in my old age, i only use my serious cameras for this type of work. But Beans’ nature doesn’t exactly lend itself to serious cameras -as she tends to lick them. So i’ve had to get over my slightly pretentious ‘ew jpeg-shooting toy’ attitude and use my gopro. And as handicapped as a gopro might be as a camera (i got it to do video, for which it’s very good and extremely easy), when i decided to put it through some tricky paces, shooting in difficult light situations, it worked remarkably well. It metered well, it exposed well, it sort of just played along. And it is lick-proof. Something not to make light of.
There’s a lovely addition to my ever-expanding collection of favorite sounds. In the mornings when i walk down the stairs to let Beans out for a pee, i hear a thumping. It’s the wagging of my dog’s tail against the couch that she sleeps on; she is greeting me to the rhythm of her joy.
Here’s one from her sleeping
and here’s one from when she was a bit smaller and she’d still fit on the pillow