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By brian1208
We had an interesting session at our camera club the other evening when Rufus, a Hearing dog, came along with his partner who told us about how he was trained and what a massive change he had made to her life.

In the second half I agreed to run a brief workshop on shooting "Black on Black" dog portraits, using three continuous lighting heads through soft-boxes

After fielding a series of "you can't do that" type reactions they were soon happily snapping away and excitedly showing each other the results they were getting

A great evening all round Smile

Tags: Labrador Pets and captive animals Flash and lighting Rufus Black on black Hearing dogs

Voters: kojak, cabbie, NaturesHaven and 27 more

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kojak 7 14 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2014 7:15PM
Very good.
Hoffy 15 262 16 England
18 Dec 2014 7:48PM
Great portrate of the dog. 1 & 3 stand out for me PSmile
janlea 8 3 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2014 8:00PM
A gorgeous set of shots with V1 being my favourite Smile
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2014 8:24PM
A splendid set of this handsome dog; V1 & 3 for me too.
optik 11 15 1 England
18 Dec 2014 8:28PM
HelenaJ 9 3
18 Dec 2014 10:14PM
Ooo, your camera club sounds really great! Love the spontaneity of it. Do you live in the North of England by any chance, and can we book you??????????? Helena
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2014 10:31PM
thanks for the votes and comments and thanks for my UA "opitk", much appreciated

Sorry Helena, way down South in Christchurch, Dorset Smile but yes, we have a lovely atmosphere in our club and have managed to keep it even though we have more than doubled in size since I first joined

We have all sorts of "shoot and learn" sessions in with all the usual mix of talks and competitions. A few months ago I had them blowing bubbles ("remember to suck not blow" was the key lesson) to photograph and on the other side of the room another of the gang was demonstrating how to do "milk-splash" photography with a Trigger Trap total chaos but everyone had a great time.

I run small group tutorial sessions for them on things like macro shooting in my garden, trouble is they are all getting better at it than me now and keep getting higher scores in our competitions Grin
MandyD 11 16,777.2k 1 England
18 Dec 2014 10:42PM
Perfection !
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2014 10:43PM
Ooh, Rufus has got two more Rosettes, his owner will be pleased Smile

Thanks Julian and Mandy
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
19 Dec 2014 3:02AM
Excellent doggy portraits Brian !! Rufus is one photogenic model !
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2014 6:42AM
thanks Herman, he's a treat monster and will do anything for a Doggy Treat is the truth Smile
No 1 captures the trust of the animal. Love this portrait.

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