Monday, August 15, 2011

In your ear

Nikki and Sadie

Yesterday I was browsing through some pictures I took back in October 2005 of Nikki and Sadie. We had had Nikki for eight years by then, and Sadie for a year. I was with them in the backyard patio, looking for an excuse to use my 70-200mm f/2.8 VR zoom (a wonderfully-made, but heavy, lens that I don't get to use often enough). They were acting pretty cute with each other so I waited to get a shot of them both. Nikki was sniffing Sadie's head as she sometimes did when I took this.

I had zoomed out to 70mm but because of the D200's crop factor of 1.5, my field of view was equivalent to a 105mm lens on a 35mm film or full-frame digital SLR. The lighting is a little unusual because they were standing in a patch of light falling on concrete, which in turn reflected the light upwards. So both girls are illuminated from underneath to a certain point, at which the rest of them is bluish due to them standing in shade.

This image has appeared in a Celebrating Greyhounds calendar, as well as on the Ohio State University's Greyhound Health and Wellness Program's website and their quarterly newsletters.

Six years since I took this picture. Six doesn't seem possible.

(Shot with the Nikon D200 and the 70-200mm VR zoom set at 70mm; aperture-priority, with aperture set at f/5.6; camera chose shutter speed of 1/45 second at ISO 200; auto white balance; fine JPG.)


  1. What a beautiful shot! It looks like they're sharing a secret. I can definitely see why the photo has been so popular!

    It's always hard to believe how long they've been gone!

  2. Sadie is here but Nikki's been gone since '08. And Sadie's face was still black -- unlike today.

  3. So beautiful. You obviously caught a very special moment.

  4. Wonderful Photo. Thanks for sharing.

  5. sadie was always deferring to whatever nik wanted to do, even though nik was never dominating over sadie or katie. i think they both deferred to her because nik was here first.

  6. A very sweet photo:) And a lovely effect with the light being reflected from the concrete.