I love taking photos of dogs. It can be hard to capture decent shots of them, as most times these are Shelter dogs I’m speaking of, and some of them may be timid and fearful, or, at the other extreme – so excited at the attention that they can’t stop wriggling about or jumping for joy. Puppies, if not held in the arms of someone else, mostly turn out to be whirring blurs.
I’m not a professional animal photographer, but part of my job involves taking photos of the dogs where I work, and using the most endearing ones, along with warm, fuzzy, touchy-feely emotive prose, on our various Social Media Platforms. The Refuge is a non-profit organisation, and every dog we adopt out means another homeless dog can get its 2nd chance at life.
Anyway, my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently burgeoning with nearly 9000 photos on it, mostly of dogs. I really need to transfer my entire camera roll to my Mac’s hard drive. Lately, my Note 4’s battery has been failing on me, not just once a day now but sometimes 3 or even 4 times a day – and there’s still no sign of those replacement batteries I bought on eBay 3 weeks ago. 😢
I’m walking around the Refuge with my Note 4 permanently strapped to my portable battery charger, to take photos…and even then it Still dies on me mid-photo, mid-email or mid-text. I have a work iPad for doing things on the go with, but 1) the photo resolution is rubbish on the iPad and 2) it’s really cumbersome trying to photograph dogs with a device that requires 2 hands to operate properly – if I’m holding the iPad, who’s holding the treat or trying to get the dog’s attention? There’s not always a “dog wrangler” handy. My friend Pilot at the Refuge is my Dog Wrangler Supremo, he can get a dog’s attention just like that, and they’ll do all sorts of tricks for him, but he’s not always around.
Anyway, here are some recent doggy photos from my camera roll. Enjoy!