I remember I was downtown Toronto for a meeting which was early in the morning. After I had finished I strolled into a coffee shop, got my java and had a seat watching the patrons form a steady stream in and out. The owner of the dog came in with his mother and got in line for his order while the mother held the dog on his leash. I was more struck with the dogs patience than his unique face at first however, when I really looked I saw the character that he possessed.... This is when I pulled my camera out and asked if I could take his picture. The mother seemed genuinely thrilled about it and obliged. Lucky for me!
This image was taken around 11 A.M.
In the coffee shop where I captured this there was a row of light drawing attention to the counter. If you look closely in the dogs eye you can see the reflection of lights as well as my knee in light pants!
This would've been taken with my Nikon D800 and most likely a 50mm f/1.8 or 24-70mm f/2.8.
The character of the dogs face sold me!
I usually do a little post on my pictures. When it comes to living creatures I try to stay close to the original shot. With this one I remember cropping it to give negative space with the bokeh in the background and brightening the eye up a little for shimmer.
In my camera bag
Camera gear I normally have would range depending on my project or idea. However my walk around bag usually has my D800 body and lenses ranging from 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm
The eye is the best focal point for any animal, or human for that matter. It gives a meaningful quality of life to the shot. Also aperture is key if you want that nice blurred out background. In this case the dog was fairly close to the wall so I had my aperture setting around f/2.8 from the looks of it! This blurred the background nicely.
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