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Mellow Mocha



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eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden May 19, 2017
Congratulations on your wonderful Challenge Award!
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ricklecompte May 19, 2017
Grace
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beckyreding May 19, 2017
CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN! THIS MADE ME SAY "AWWW" OUT LOUD! REALLY AWESOME!! GREAT JOB!
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jamiesarkett May 19, 2017
Congrats - sweet & beautiful :)
Belochka
 
Belochka June 11, 2017
Great shot!
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kathyk_abq September 26, 2017
Such a beautiful portrait! Congrats on your finalist award! :)
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marilenavaccarini October 13, 2017
So beautiful and sweet
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carmenogaza_7797 September 02, 2019
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a chapel. One of the service attendees has a service dog named "Mocha" who is her constant companion. Mocha is usually quite energetic and active, but on this day he relaxed under his owner's touch, and just about fell asleep on the chair.
Time
I almost always have a camera with me, and this day was no exception. Even though it was a church service, I couldn't help but raise my camera to my eye when I saw how peaceful this usually "frantic" dog was.
Lighting
I generally rely on ambient lighting, and this day was no exception. The chapel has some overhead lighting, but the majority of the light was filtered through the stained glass windows lining the walls, lending a nice soft light to this shot.
Equipment
This was shot handheld on a Nikon D7200, with the 18 - 200 lens.
Inspiration
I just love capturing special moments in time. Although I can work around staged settings and poses, I much prefer a candid approach to photography, as it matches my personality. I'm not the type of person that plans for life. I'm the type of person who lets life come to them, experiencing the moment as fully as possible, and capturing it when I'm able without interfering with what's happening.
Editing
This was de-saturated to full black and white, with some minor dodging and burning done to bring out a bit more texture on Mocha's fur.
In my camera bag
I actually don't often carry a bag. I rely on my Nikon D7200 with the 18 - 200 lens almost always on it. If I know I'll be going somewhere with conditions that might require extra equipment I try to plan ahead for it, with a 50mm prime, 70 - 300 zoom, and a polarizing filter the most often packed accessories. If it's going to be nighttime photos, I'll bring a bean bag, tripod and shutter release.
Feedback
I began my journey in photography when my son began rowing on the crew team in college. I didn't want to miss a thing, and bought my first DSLR after his first race, when my "point and shoot" died on me. I quickly learned how to push the shutter release, and that's the most important lesson you can learn. Read all you want, study all you want, plan all you want, discuss technique all you want, it all comes down to pressing down on the shutter release. If you wait too long, the moment will be gone forever. Don't wait!

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