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.
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.
Fergus in black and white, with selective eye colouring
Fergus, our Great Pyrenees trying out the hotel room bed. He just spent 4 nights roughing it in a tent so was very happy to claim this bed for himself.
This woman was a tourist from Tokyo, Japan, who was really enamoured with Fergus. In a bizarre set of coincidences we ran across her bus tour 3 times. This was their first meeting in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, followed by a another meeting in Old Quebec City and finally at Niagara Falls. By this time she came running over to both him and Angus yelling their names. She spoke broken english and in another strange coincidence her english speaking daughter had spent years living in our own hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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.
Angus and Fergus people watching at Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Fergus looking through the window blinds, Great Pyrenees have very strong guarding instincts, and if you don’t have a sheep farm they will substitute anyone or anything in the pact to protect.
Fergus the Great Pyrenees enjoying a late season snowfall, age about 1 1/2 years.
For a fun comparison, here he is a year earlier at about 5 months of age.
Running beside his buddy Angus
Fergus meeting a new admirer at Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Angus showing him how it’s done.