They say never work with children or animals… well, I think I can just about cope with the little ones, but I have to say that Dolly the Jack Russell proved to be a difficult subject. OK, she’s only 11 weeks old, but I fired off over 100 shots in order to get a handful of useable photos. She had a great time though! I started off shooting with the flash and shoot-through umbrella on a stand , but Dolly decided she didn’t want to hang around in any one area of the house, so in the end I put the Speedlight back my camera and worked with bounce flash, following her around the house on my knees. Focusing proved tricky too – I don’t entirely trust the Continuous Servo focus option on the D700, but with a fast-moving subject like Dolly it proved it’s worth.
George proved a much easier subject – he’s clearly more relaxed in front of the camera, and he turned on the soulful look without much persuasion. Trouble is, he liked me so much he kept lying down on me… Photos shot on location – thanks to Jacky for the hospitality!