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Fergus portrait, natural light

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Fergus our Great Pyrenees at 85mm F/1.4 under natural light, Those aren’t soft boxes in his eyes just 2 large windows I’m fortunate to have in my basement office.  At such a shallow depth of field it took me a few shots to get both eyes in sharp focus, and it’s critical for the eyes to be parallel to the sensor plane.  I did apply a darkening vignette with a layer mask to eliminate a distracting background.

Close up Photography

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Spring is often the dirty season where sweeping landscapes don’t look that great.   It’s the perfect time to focus on close ups and detail shots, such as melting ice, snow, puddle reflections etc.  Here are a couple of recent shots as I wait for the milder weather.  Fergus in Black and White doing what he does best, and a shot of a wooden pencil using 14 stacked images and the Canon 100 mm macro lens for maximum depth of field.

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Meeting Fergus, the first time

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Bighorn Sheep portrait, Banff

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A Bighorn Sheep Ram in Banff National Park, these animals are so used to people, images like this are fairly easy to get.  This was shot at only 200MM, so you don’t always need a giant 400-600mm Canon.  The key is to be patient and not spook these guys by running around after them like many tourists tend to do.  Fergus and Angus never bark or startle wildlife, thankfully.   Below is a snapshot of Fergus watching this very scene unfold.  Angus is so used to this that he sleeps in the back of our SUV with little interest.

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