Well Christmas and New Year are but a distant memory now. Seems as you get older the months and years go by faster and faster. It was great to have Matt home for Xmas. Those 6 weeks just seemed too short. Now he has headed back our west but not quite as far west as Alice Springs this time. A new property, different livestock and new things to learn. Sharon and I are always proud how our kids (always our kids) how they knuckle down and do the job at hand, even if it's not their ideal career job. Funnily enough they always do pretty well at it, both are hard working.
The break also saw Sharon and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and she has another milestone coming up in a couple weeks. Gentlemen aren't allowed to mention lady's age though. :-)
A quiet start to the show scene for us this year. Last weekend was our first weekend away and we really only did that because I wanted to photograph the 2 Championship shows. If I was going to be there might as well see if the trusty sidekick/handler wanted to come along and we'd take a dog too. Photos from both the Allora shows have now been completed and uploaded to the website, just in time for me to do tonight's Redcliffe Show.
Anyway, it's time to start getting dogs and photography gear sorted for tonight's show. Hope you enjoy the images from last weekend and will see many of you at an upcoming show.
Today marks a significant step forward for this site as shopping cart facilities go live on last weekend's galleries, two of which have been uploaded and the third and final gallery should go tonight. Those who were at the show would know that there were 'official' photographers in attendance so I don't have any award photos just a small selection captured while General Specials was on which should still be enough to trial the cart. Friday's is particularly small as exhibitors really didn't get a lot of time to stack and present your dogs and therefore I had little chance of capturing images.
If you are after images you will need to create an account and login. Please check that your email address is accurate and functional. My own testing of the functionality has shown that the mobile version of the site is very basic. Yes you can still purchase images via it but if you want to manage your favourites lists or update your account details you will need to do that through the desktop version. On mobile devices you will see an option at the bottom of your screen to switch between the two types. Be mindful though that if you purchase via a mobile device you may not want to download your images via that same device unless you have fairly generous data plans. Full size image files can be large and chew big holes in your data allowance.
As accounts get created I will try and link Client Galleries to those accounts so that you only need to remember your account login details and save the hassle of also having to keep track of gallery passwords.
Hopefully this will streamline the process of exhibitors acquiring images and also free up some of my time to catch up on other work. If you do have issues then please let me know via email. I will see what I can do within the capabilities of the templates that drive the site or otherwise raise issues with my service provider.
Thank you again for your support over the last 18 months. Things have been growing slowly and 2016 is looking to be busier photographically for me.
Well blog posts here only seem to happen every couple of months, if that. While I regularly post on Facebook how things are progressing with the previous weekend's images, I don't always get to my web site to write a blog. Time is always so much of an issue, but that, I think, is an issue for many of us.
Things are certainly picking up and I don't seem to get those stares anymore from people who are wondering who the hell is this guy and why is he photographing our dogs. For that I'd like to say thank you to you all, it makes me just a little more comfortable to do it too. A good indication that things are on the up and up is that I have a couple more bookings for shows this year and already a few for 2016 and as many of you may know I will be providing Dog News Australia with a page of images covering over shows in the South-east corner of Qld. I've already told Elise that this may mean we're among the last to leave at quite a few shows from now on so that I can make sure that I get reasonable coverage.
This however makes me even more aware of trying to keep some sort of balance. I love showing our dogs and I love photographing. Many of you enjoy my recent bird images and nature/wildlife photography is still something I wish to pursue as I find the peace and solitude of walking through the bush hunting little animals, rejuvenating. It just recharges my batteries and makes me feel better about life so I still need to find the one day or one weekend a month to go and do those activities. Then there's all the blokey stuff around the house like mowing lawns, tending to the vegie garden, ripping the chainsaw out and cutting things down.... that too needs to get done although here it tends to take a back seat.
Anyway I could just rant here for ages but what is really most important is that the Gympie and District Kennel Club show's photos from the 27th and 28th June are all uploaded to the website, including the couple of client galleries I had to do. Now I've still got some edits to catch up on for people so I better get back into it.
See some of you on the weekend.
Well this year I'm trying to find a bit of a balance between showing our dogs and pursuing other interests.... aka find some more time for my photography, but not necessarily on dogs!! So over the summer months we haven't gone off to as many shows as we may have done in previous years and I've spent time practicing on other things. Things are gradually cooling down slightly. OK, you might argue against that on certain days here in Qld, but anyway we're getting back out to a few more shows.
Next month the Sporting Spaniel Club of Qld has got me back again to shoot. This time at their double header shows so I'll be run off my feet. Looking forward to it though. A few other clubs have been making inquiries but in the meantime I'll keep showing my dogs and photographing where I can. It's about balance.
I must say a huge thank you to Elise though. I couldn't do these camping weekends, with the dogs and showing, plus spend as much time as I can around the ring clicking away, without her help. A special one that girl. On the last day while I'm busy photographing she's packing up the camp. As it was we were amongst the last few to leave the grounds...... and I get back home to find my son mowing the yard for me. Two great people, proud to say they're our children. They've grown into fine adults. Love you two, Elise and Matt.
As usual if you see me at a ring and want some photos just grab me.
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.
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