What a fine evening to take a stroll along the old Wendover Arm of the canal near Halton. Hot sunny weather, and the threat of a thunderstorm was not a barrier to photos for ImageZ members. Around 20 members had slipped on a sunhat, and slung their cameras on their backs for the evening. There were definitely ducks on the canal, and the path too.
Four legged friends too
Along with the wildlife that the canal offers, we’d asked a couple of people to bring their dogs with them to give a challenging subject to photograph. Firstly a huge thanks to Tami, John, Ali and Pepper for all their effort on a hot evening. The dogs were amazing to photograph and we had an almost perfect evening with low warm sunlight.
Soon there were photographers sitting and laying around in the field doing their best to fill memory cards and drain camera batteries while the dogs chased up and down, with the odd dip in the canal for good measure too.
It really is a challenge to track a fast moving dog when you are laying on the ground resting your elbows on the ground supporting a long lens on the camera. You don’t get to move much as the dog gets ever larger in the frame and runs out of the shot, or jumps straight over the top of you.
At speed, the bearded collie conjured up a notion of waves breaking on a beach. Maybe that’s just me being fanciful?
The boundless energy of the border collie was the reason a few people were seen swapping memory cards or loading fresh batteries as they tried to keep up. I’m pretty sure that some people took more photos in an hour than they have in the rest of the month.
I’d say that the camera did an ok job, keeping the dog in focus, though the dog was certainly more focussed on the ball than the photographers.
After all the effort a dip in the canal before jumping back in for more chasing the ball and charging around.
Chris also shared a few photos too… please check his gallery on Flickr.
I’m looking forward to a slightly less fast paced session in a couple of weeks when we next head out for a summer evening of photography.