Photographing Herding Dogs

Two weekends ago, Dancing Dog Photography had an opportunity to photograph various breeds of dogs herding ducks and sheep at the Pacific Northwest Herding Club Trial competition held at Brigands Hideout in Washington.  The weather was perfect for herding and the dogs and their people all appeared to have a great time.  The trial lasted for three days and there were various courses.

Capturing images of the dogs is always a challenge at such an event.  Lighting can differ greatly from one part of the course to another.  As a competitor myself, I know the course and know where the action is supposed to move next, but that is not always a guarantee!  A photographer has to adjust on the fly and be ready for any number of possibilities.  I typically shoot with a 70-200 2.8 zoom lens, which gives me the ability to be more flexible.  But even with that lens, I often wish that I had more reach!  

As you can see, many different breeds compete in this sport.  To see more images, check out my Event Galleries.

October 11, 2010 - 3:27 pm

Beezeyeview Photography - Your shots always show the action coming and going! Great shooting!!

November 22, 2010 - 8:10 pm

Amy Gayle Photography - I love the one of the BC with the duck nose!

Diva Cat Photography

Dancing Dog Photography recently photographed a beautiful cat named Gort. Gort was named after a street in Ireland where her owner lived while studying abroad.  Photographing cats is very different from dog photography.  Most cats are extremely independent and do not follow any sort of commands, no matter how much they love their owners.  I always think of them as Divas. Their humans are only there to serve!  Therefor, posing is mostly up to the subject, so great flexibility is involved, both physically and mentally. Environmental Photography is definitely the way to go with cats in my humble opinion.  When photographing cats I always think…..slow down, patience, and sometimes ignore and only watch out of the corner of an eye……then be ready to quickly snap the picture…..sort of  cat like!  So far these techniques have worked for me!

Let me introduce GORT

October 2, 2010 - 7:36 pm

Ronna - She is looking good! Your patience and her insatiable curiosity paid off!

October 3, 2010 - 6:52 am

Ronna - Love the pictures. You caught her expressions perfectly!

October 4, 2010 - 7:09 am

Tiffany - These are great! What a beautiful cat!

October 11, 2010 - 3:26 pm

Beezeyeview Photography - Oh, this looks just like my old cat Keisha!! She is gorgeous! Love the shots – she looks so alert. Cats just speak with their eyes so much more than dogs. Well, maybe not – just different.

Photo Banner Anticipation!

Dancing Dog Photography, recently attended a photography workshop in Portland, Oregon. The organizers had created these awesome photography banners to showcase the image samples of all of the photographers who were presenting.  The banners definitely had a great impact!

So, here are Dancing Dog’s newly created versions!   These will be used for various photo displays and booths in the future.  There is a mixture of pet photography and people photography to show what type of  pictures Dancing Dog  likes to capture during a photography session. Each banner is 68 inches tall. They have been ordered and will hopefully arrive today. The intent is for them to make their debut at the Pacific Northwest Herding Trial at Brigands Hideout near Vancouver, Washington this weekend.  There will be lots of dog and pet enthusiasts attending who should enjoy looking at all of the dog images on the banners.

I always love the anticipation of the arrival of new products to show up on my doorstep!!


DancingDogPhotography Image Collage Banner

September 30, 2010 - 4:48 pm

bev - This looks wonderful Debbie!