Phillip here does have a few water bowls scattered around the place – one of which is placed under this water tap. He’s a very smart dog though, and he’s figured out that the water in his bowl comes from the tap. On warmer days, he’ll do this thing where he trots up to the tap, stares at it, and wonders why nothing’s coming out of it. Then he stares at you: “You. Human. Fix this.”
It’s the most adorable thing in the world, especially since he just looks so happy drinking fresh tap water.
So Phillip seemed like he was getting restless, so we took him for a walk to the local park. Alternatively, Tiff seemed to think he needed some more intellectual stimulation. As soon as I pulled out my camera to try and take some pictures, his interest piqued! It’s not as if he hasn’t seen my camera before, so maybe he was feeling like a bit of a poser that day.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Isn’t it the weekend yet? Being a dog is hard work. I have to wake up early enough to greet my humans and see them off to work and so that I can eat breakfast with them. They get grumpy if I don’t do that. And then I keep an eye (and a nose!) out in the afternoon to watch for them to come home. Then I have to play with them for a while before we can eat.
Everyone’s favourite beagle (hint: it’s Snoopy) once said that home is on top of a dog house. Now, Phillip doesn’t have the agility (nor the energy, frankly) to get on top of his dog house, but he does have one! He doesn’t really go in there except for the colder months – I guess you could call him a free-range dog? Actually, being a fully grown golden retriever, he barely fits inside anymore anyway.
I noticed some of the fantastic submissions on Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenges had started using a small hint of colour to really enhance their monochrome photos. I only just figured out how to do that in Lightroom, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I just realised that it’s been a while since Phillip’s been featured on my blog. That is a travesty that I’m here to fix today!
This was among the earlier photos I took when I started experimenting with adapted lenses. I needed a subject that was both interesting and immobile and, well… these are two very good ways to describe Phillip. He is one of the laziest dogs you’ll ever meet. You can literally scooch him along the ground and he won’t even react. I wonder what he thinks of us sometimes.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/5.6 14.o sec ISO 100
Here’s everyone’s favourite beagle! I can’t claim full credit for this one – it was Tiff who did the actual light painting in this case. If you have never tried light painting, you really should give it a go. All you need is a tripod, a dark room and a pen torch. Put your camera into bulb-mode, press the shutter and start drawing in the air with light! It can take a bit of trial and error, but when you pull it off, the results can be pretty darn cool. Technically any light source would work, but I find that pen torches allow for the right level of brightness and dexterity to pull off cool art.
“Why must life be so hard?!”
I love this photo to bits; it’s such a precious moment! I love it when dogs do humanoid things, like yawn and sneeze. I do wonder though… you know how people say yawns are contagious? Do you think it works between dogs and humans as well? Hmmmmmm I think I read a study that suggested yes, but I can’t remember. Anyway, like I’ve said before, Phillip here will be heavily featured on this blog, on account of him being the cutest dog ever.
On a more serious note, this photo was taken with a gem of a lens that I found in my dad’s old collection. It’s a K-Mount SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.4, and it looks like it’s packing some serious optics. With an effective focal length of 100mm and an aperture that wide, it gives some super creamy bokeh that just ooooooozes. All it took was a cheap K-mount micro four-thirds adapter off eBay and I was up and running. It is a fully manual affair, like all adapted mounts, but that’s half the fun!
Olympus 14-42 mm kit lens at 14mm f/4.0
When I first got my camera, I went straight to the most photogenic subject around me: my fiancee….’s dog, Phillip! This was taken with the 14-42mm kit lens, which is a surprisingly decent lens. Phillip gobbles up every meal like it’s his last, so I literally had about 3 seconds to get a good photo. Knowing this, I was at the bowl and pre-focussed before we let him at it. I love how he’s so confident in his eating ability that he doesn’t even have to look at his bowl! Something caught his eye just before I squeezed the trigger, and he looked like he was already planning his next move after his dinner was done and dusted.