Archive for the ‘My Shiba Inu’ Category
Suki was an honored guest at the 18th Annual Webby awards for her involvement as the hipster scarf version of the doge meme. This, of course, meant a whirlwind trip for Team Suki to New York City last weekend.
After exploring New York with her for the first time, we were driven straight to the red carpet, which was quite the surreal experience. Suki was her calm and confident self as dozens of press photographers pummeled us with a flurry of flash strobes. She even took a couple of interviews along the way:
We spent some time back stage with the production crew, who set up photos with a bunch of Webby Award winners and other celebrities on hand during the show.
Suki met host Patton Oswalt…
…and George Takei (super nice guy, by the way)
…the folks from BuzzFeed
…the Jamaican bobsled team
….astronaut Mike Massimino
…Questlove and De La Soul
Bridget and I were hard at work handling Suki and keeping her fixated on the cameras. Fortunately, the three of us have a ton of experience with this kind of thing :)
See the silver camera that photographer is holding up in the image above? That’s the brand spanking new and oh-so-beautiful Leica T. Leica was on hand to cover the event, so there were Leica cameras evvvveerryywheeere.
Since Leica was an official sponsor, they provided the swag for the Webbys. I couldn’t have asked for a better swag bag, which includes an actual Leica C camera.
Suki enjoyed the attention and the posh accommodations. Bridget and I are exhausted. Back to normal life now.
My last blog post of 2013 is dedicated to a photo I took of Suki back in 2010. This image became part of one of the biggest memes of the year, thanks in part to the comic sans someone graced it with before sending it off into viral internetlandia.
In fact, The Verge just ran this article today about the origin of the meme, which includes a touching story about Kabosu the Shiba Inu as well as excerpts from an interview with yours truly. Check it out!
Looking back on the night I took this photo, I remember how hilariously difficult it was to work with Suki. Think she was the perfect little model during my 52 Weeks Project? Think again:
Many pose. Such uncooperative. Wow.
One does not simply repeat a project like this year after year, but Suki still spent plenty of time in front of my cameras in 2013. This was the year of pack film adventures with my Land Camera and black and white photos with my old rangefinder, at least for my personal photography.
Big thanks to all who stopped by the blog this year. Stay tuned for more Suki adventures in 2014!
Suki is a truly beautiful creature. I mean, just look at that face. Look at it!
Now that we’ve had her in the family for over 5 years, it’s clear she’s grown out of her little “teenage” phase. Much more chill and gentle, a little less playful, ever aloof (unless you’re coming through our front door for the first time), very self sufficient and content, yet intensely loyal and connected to the two of us.
Thankfully, she’s also very tolerant of my constant gushing over her =)
Leica M9 + 35mm f/2 Summicron ASPH
Having two shibas in the house over this past weekend has been a very interesting experience, especially since one of them is a puppy! In spite of the fact that our home is absolutely overrun with shiba fur, we had a pretty good time baby sitting Miru. We capped off the weekend together with a hike this morning:
So long, Miru!
Images: Canon 1D X | 300mm f/2.8L II | Canon Extender 1.4x III
This is Miru. He’s a 7 month old Shiba Inu, and we get to babysit him until Sunday. Ahhhhh, reminds me of the good old times when Suki was a puppy….a bad puppy ;)
Miru is relatively easy to photograph.
Suki and Miru together? Pretty much impossible to photograph.
I’m sure we’ll have some great times together this weekend. This should be a good way to see if we can handle bringing a second Shiba into our home one of these days. :)
Images: Leica M9 | 35mm f/2 Summicron
One of the cameras I shot along side the RX1 last week was a medium format beauty I borrowed from a friend: the Fuji GF670. The GF670 is a modern, professional grade film camera with a very bright rangefinder, an 80mm lens that folds into the body, and the ability to shoot in either 6×6 or 6×7 using 120 or 220 film. I loaded some expired Provia 400 in the camera and very carefully worked through each frame. Hey, you only get twelve 6×6 shots per roll of 120, so you gotta take your time with this thing!
I think this Fuji would be near the top of my list of medium format cameras to purchase when the time comes. It’s extremely well made, is dead simple to load and operate, and the included Fujinon 80mm is excellent. I had a blast with this thing.
Fuji GF670 | Kodak Provia 400 (expired)
Chasing Suki around at the beach with a telephoto lens during the last few minutes of sunset reminded me of what a happy dog she is. No matter how much negativity I encounter in the world, I can always count on her positive energy and her uplifting spirit.
Taken by the wife with her cell phone. Hah!
Dogs are absolute treasures. Never take them for granted.