Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sadie has her play face on
Sadie gets a little...how should I say...um, crazy. After I first started taking pictures of her playing with Nikki, and then with Katie, I began to marvel at her facial expressions. This picture is very typical. Kind of scary, too, if you didn't know her.
On this mid-November afternoon in 2009 I took Sadie and Katie to my in-law's backyard. Their backyard is large so there's a decent amount of room for them to run and play. I was watching them play from one end of the yard, and I saw how soft the light was coming through the overcast. Sadie was busy digging a hole; she saw me approach, and as I held my camera down just above the dirt, she did one of her patented snarling-play-bowing-jumps right at me. Then she ran away, hoping I'd run after her. I couldn't look through the viewfinder and I took just one shot.
As I mentioned, I held the camera just above the dirt for a different look. The lens was set at 18mm, so this exaggerates the closeness of her front feet. White balance was set to "cloudy" because I wasn't sure if "auto" would remove enough blue in the picture. The tilted horizon line makes the picture a little more dynamic. Then I added a graduated filter adjustment to darken the sky a bit using Lightroom.
(Shot with the Nikon D300; 18-200mm zoom lens set at 18mm; shutter-priority; 1/1600 sec @ f/8; ISO 1000; cloudy white balance; normal JPG.)