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Sumer Is Icumin In

New England is finally turning the corner toward June.

The first buds are opening on the crabapples.

The poison ivy is peeking out from under the rocks.

And microscopic dogs descend on the Maine coast.

We had a very lovely and relaxing show weekend in Scarborough – Friday went RWB (reserve winners bitch) to a 5-point on Saturday, which was nice, and I got to see a Best Puppy group with Toy entries that kept trying to hide under blades of grass and get into wrestling matches with small moths. The angle is awkward on this Pom because I had to wait until the judge moved the toe of his shoe, because before then all you could see was a little ear behind a shoelace. Sigh. I love puppies.

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  • Reply Raegan May 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Gosh! How tiny must that leash be?!

    Any tips for taking pictures at dog shows? I took my D40 to a show for the first time since I got it and got soundly defeated by moving targets in indoor expo-center lighting. What is proper dog show casual photographer etiquette?

    • Reply rufflyspeaking May 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      I know! They’re like tiny little embroidery threads :). Photographing indoors at dog shows, if you want to do the rings, is almost impossible. The series I did of York Kennel Club black-and-whites is indoors and you can see how high I had to push the ISO to get any pictures at all, and as a result they’re very grainy. I think your best bet is to try to get under 1/100 of a second however you can, and take pictures of dogs as they are standing or pausing or at least moving slowly. Gaiting is kind of a lost cause unless you have a SUPER low-light-performance camera and can get under 1/300 or so. In terms of etiquette – pictures from ringside are fine. Tripods are going to get you a weird look and be inconvenient. Monopods in my experience are fine. Stay out of the tangle of dogs that are by the ring gates; take photos from the sides. I steady my camera against the cement columns a lot. One of your best bets for lighting is to steal the lighting from the show photographers, but BE DISCREET. The official show photographers are contracted to be there, and some of them really don’t like you standing behind them. I will sometimes stand a few feet behind/beside them and take photos of the grooming area (which is invariably behind wherever they are) and then turn around and take a couple pictures really quick as they do (you can tell they’re going to do it because they throw the squeaky banana right beforehand). Since they have big soft flashes you can often get it. But don’t be obvious or obnoxious.

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