I am completely nuts about dogs, I love everything about them. I love the way they make me feel when I’m around them. Dogs are just such happy, content creatures and so much fun.
My first dog Ginny-Sally was a beautiful long-haired German Shepherd, the most loyal and loving, gentle dog that anyone could dream of. She was my shadow, she was my thoughts, the bond we had was incredible, she was my Heart Dog. If you have ever had that bond you would know that word fits the relationship perfectly, the dog is part of your soul and your being. When she died I was completely heartbroken.
I now have a bunch of nutty dogs with all very different traits. Those peaceful dog walks are now a distant memory and taking photographs when walking can certainly be challenging, but I love them all.
When I’m walking around with a camera, dogs always catch my attention. Whether they are in the park, at a show or street dogs, they fascinate me and it’s always fun to photograph them. My camera seems to be drawn to dogs.
Dog photography is rarely planed and I approach it with the same principle I use for street photography. I mainly use a 35mm or 50mm manual focus lens. Focusing manually with animals can be quite tricky, unless they are sleeping. I generally try to keep my shutter speed high, shoot around f8 and prefocus, and as I would for street photography, I try to capture the dog in context with the scene.
Going through my hard drive I found some images from a Sri Lanka trip where I was reminded of how many stray dogs there are. It feels very sad to see so many neglected dogs, maybe because we are used to seeing them so pampered in our homes. But there is something quite natural about walking around and sharing our planet with these beautiful creatures.
Dogs are great survivors, they live in the moment and find happiness and contentment in whatever their situation. They have a strong sense of loyalty and the ability to love unconditionally. I suppose that’s why they are called a man’s best friend.
Sri Lanka Street Dog Rescue
Sri Lanka Street Dog Resources