October 6, 2015 Lenny!

 

Ok, I know it’s been a while. I backed way off of photography in 2015. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.

However, I saw my neighbor Don out with his dog Lenny, and I just had to get some images. Lenny is a big hit around our block and I have been wanting to photograph him for some time now.

As usual when I photograph animals, you take a few hundred shots and get maybe 20. The biggest issue here was the low-light; with slow shutter speeds and wider lens apertures (despite ISO 500). That gave me a lot of soft images. What can you do?

The music for this page is “Greatest Hits” by Night Ranger. Just hit play and let it go…

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__006aNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/3.5 and a 1/80 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 24mm (APS-C).

Here he is; Lenny!  I use an exclamation point because if I’m outside and I see Don and Lenny, I shout his name. Don says “go get him, Lenny!”, and he comes running to greet me.

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__002aNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4.5 and a 1/80 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 17mm (APS-C).

Don feeding Lenny a treat. As you can see, Lenny is not a puppy, but he’s got a great spirit.

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__011aNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/3.5 and a 1/80 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 31mm (APS-C).

This reminds me of the first time I met Lenny. I was working in my backyard and he walked right up to me started supervising my work.

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__004Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4.5 and a 1/80 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 17mm (APS-C).

Lenny the Wolf, on the prowl. Because of his color, Lenny can look intimidating, but he’s a very friendly dog. I always look at that as being a reflection of the owners. Don and his wife have trained Lenny well.

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__001cNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4.5 and a 1/80 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 26mm (APS-C). IMAGE CROPPED.

Everyone loves Lenny! As all dogs will do, sometimes he strays out his yard, but he’s a welcome guest. Recently a wedding was held in a yard nearby, and guess who crashed it? Yep…Lenny! He’s quite a ham.

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__008aNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4.5 and a 1/125 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 30mm (APS-C).

Lenny and Remme played for a bit, but Lenny needed a break (in full command of Remme’s frisbee, however).

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__010bNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/3.5 and a 1/80 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 55mm (APS-C). IMAGE CROPPED.

I had never noticed Lenny’s brown eyes until I processed these images. This is heavily cropped (duh).

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__014Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4.5 and a 1/125 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 17mm (APS-C).

Lenny was a little jealous when Don started showing Remme some attention.

 

A few weeks before this shoot, I was out mowing my lawn (with ear protection) when I thought I heard a dog’s bark. I thought that was really strange and then I spun the mower around to see it was Lenny! He was ok; he just wanted to get pet.

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__013aNikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4 and a 1/100 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 31mm (APS-C).

I’m violating my own standards by showing this somewhat soft image. I love the composition, so here it is. I had a crap-load of soft images. Camera shake, the dog’s movements, low-light and a narrow depth-of-field were all factors.

 

 

 

OCT_ 6_ 2015__015Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED lens shot at f/4.5 and a 1/100 of a second shutter speed. ISO 500. Focal length: 19mm (APS-C).

Lenny relaxes as Remme inspects his ear. I used fill-flash here. I should have used it on all of these.

 

These are ok but I’d like to have another opportunity to shoot more. Hopefully, with better lighting next time. Hey, it’s only my third page all year. Better than nothing.

 

all images © Scott Woelm – October 2015