Puppies are cute, cuddly, generally chew everything, and occasionally leave small puddles on the tiled floor. Recently our son and his girlfriend introduced us to Kain, their six week old blue eyed Weimaraner with a beautiful bluish grey coat. Kain, the newest member of our family, immediately caught my attention because of his bright blue eyes and stub for a tail. While watching this pup chew on my sneaker string I immediately knew I was in the midst of a perfect photo opportunity. I've shot images of birds, alligators, adults, and children, but have never taken pictures of an active puppy before.
Kain learned the house very quickly, finding the food bowls of our other two dogs wasn't even a challenge for his sense of smell. I watched in amazement as the five pound wonder pup ate like a hungry bear. The other dogs looked at the empty bowls wondering when the eating machine was going to leave their territory. We put Kain in the back yard and he immediately bolted with his long lanky legs and feet going in all directions but forward. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to get close enough to this vivacious animal for good images, I decided to shoot all my pictures with a 70 - 300mm lens set to auto focus on a moving object (AI Servo), a moving object that was going to experience all aspects of my patio and backyard as quickly as possible. This shoot was more difficult than I had expected, mostly because it was more fun to watch the infant stumble around the yard than press the camera shutter button. Kain found an old bone that he started to chew and carry around the patio. The way he carried the bone in his mouth reminded me of how the great WC Fields used to hang a cigar from the side of his mouth in his old time movies. Kain wasn't intimidated by the size of bone either.
Kain is a welcome new member to our family. I believe that as he grows I'm going to get more photo opportunities of this fabulous animal. Hopefully he'll move a little slower for me and my camera. Do you have a pet photography story, let me know.
Enjoy and remember,
"Moments in time are lived once. Images of those moments live forever."