Summer is well and truly with us and this weekend is supposed to be a stinker. The shows start to drop off coming into the Christmas period and when we do have them, luckily we get a few more night shows. For me this means that the opportunity to photograph your dogs drops off too. Many of the grounds that have night shows don't have the best of lighting and popping off flashes from outside the ring is both annoying and doesn't yield the best of results. In day shows our dogs are continually panting and they are less than enthusiastic about gaiting around the ring in the heat. Still there are a couple more weekends to see how I go capturing your dogs before the break.
The time off will give me the opportunity to practice on some other subjects. I can feel a few 3am weekend mornings coming up to go out and photograph a beautiful sunrise somewhere. With a public holiday this Friday due to the G20 meeting in Brisbane I am tossing up whether to take my big lens and flash extender out and trial it on some birds or actually see about going into the CBD and photograph some of the demonstrations etc that are bound to be happening. With a swarm of police and military personnel blanketing the city, carting my camera bag and especially my tripod case which probably looks more like a rifle case might be a tad risky. Still I have a day or two to decide.
Images taken from last weekend's shows at Murwillumbah, NSW have been uploaded to my website. As I was there without Elise and showing three of our Pointers my opportunities to photograph were quite restricted so there is only a small selection of images in the gallery. Next year I will have to see how I go juggling showing and photographing. Maybe we show fewer dogs and I leave Elise to look after that side.... but then I do like showing too...... or maybe the photographing remains as "when I can". Decisions, decisions.
To those of you who have encouraged me over the last few months and particularly those that have liked images enough to purchase them, I thank you for your support. It all helps motivate me to continue to improve.