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Suki and the Trolly

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Watch out Suki! Well, she’s actually not in any real danger here. This particular spot where we took Suki’s latest image for my photo project, combined with a real long focal length, gives the impression that Suki is in danger from on-coming traffic. In reality, she’s quite safe, comfortably surveying the scene from a sidewalk.

The image above was actually a test shot that I ended up liking. I noticed that Suki kept getting distracted while I was shooting. In this case, a loud sea gull pulled her attention away from the camera.

In this image, it was a group of tourists across the street yelling “look at that doggie! Hi doggie!!!!” that made her turn her head. While I thought this was pretty annoying at first, the resulting curve in her posture turned into a really appealing pose for the image.  Besides, most of Suki’s best images are taken when she’s not looking at the camera.

Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR

Written by Jonathan

August 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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  1. Nice set Jonathan! How much is Suki’s talent fee? =) Hehe!


    August 11, 2010 at 4:26 am

    • She get’s free room and board in exchange for letting me take her photo =D


      August 19, 2010 at 8:10 am

  2. Is Suki ever on a leash any more for these shots? Or is she trained for photography now?

    …Or the wonderful content-aware fill at work? ^_^


    August 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    • Ah, content aware fill. With one swipe I could remove her from the photo entirely, so a leash is no problem at all. As I explain below, I never risk Suki’s safety for a photo, so there are safety measures in place despite her training in being a model =D


      August 19, 2010 at 8:21 am

  3. Hi! I love your photography!! How do you get Suki to behave off-leash for these shots?

    Vi | LokiTheShiba

    August 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

    • Thanks Vi! Hope you and Loki are doing great =)

      So, in many of these shots, Suki is indeed on leash. She is very well trained for photographs, but I simply love her too much to trust that naughty, unpredictable Shiba hunting-drive of hers, especially out in the city. =)

      In the above picture as well as in many others, I have a very thin retractable leash tethered to her as a safety precaution. I rarely have to use it to keep her from bolting off, but I keep it there nonetheless. The thin leash is easily cloned out in Photoshop =)


      August 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

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