Dog Park Portraits

Recently, my husband bought me a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens for my camera (Canon EOS Digital Rebel DSLR). At just under $100, this lens is reputed to have a lot of bang for the buck and is a favorite of many professional photographers. Personally, I don't know much about photography or lenses (it might help if I'd actually read the manuals). But I do enjoy taking my camera to the dog park for the challenge of trying to get at least one or two good photos in a batch. I'm sure we're all familiar with the blurry motion shots, the canine pile-ups where the dogs all look deranged, or the ubiquitous butt shots. Wouldn't it be nice if the dogs would actually stand still and cooperate!

But here are a few of the more successful pictures I've been able to get. Which one is your favorite?

cabana laying in the grass with huge long-haired german shepherd beaux standing over her with one foreleg on each side of her bodyLook at German shepherd, Beau, majestic in his dominant stance over Cabana. If only Cabana didn't look so goofy with her her jowl stuck comically in her teeth. Beau has no awareness of his tremendous size--he's a little dog in a big dog's body.

cabana sitting next to rowdy, a small black and white mixed breed dog with a red collar, both dogs are looking in the same direction and have their mouths open in the same wayOn the opposite end of the spectrum, here's Rowdy, who thinks he's Big Man on Campus. He struts onto the field and announces himself with a stream of barks, meaning, "I'm here, everyone take note of my presence!"

extreme close up of pug's face with his pushed in nose, looking directly into the camera with dark eyes, while the muzzle of a golden retriever sniffs the pug's mouthTalk about in your face! Jack the pug, being sniffed by Cody, the rusty red Golden retriever.

four blue merle australian shepherds, on their best behavior, sitting in a line, looking at a human with treats in handTwo pairs of Australian shepherds--from the left, Cooper, Peanut, puppy Naavi, and Gus. The puppy Naavi is Cooper's uncle, while Peanut and Gus are littermates. (This photo was taken with my little Kodak EasyShare, which may account for why the grass looks SO unnaturally green.)

australian shepherd cooper standing, he has a mane of long white fur on his chest and a sweet pink spot on his otherwise black noseAnother shot of Cooper with his long and glorious coat.

cabana laying next to big bernese mountain dog who is black with white and brown markings, both dogs have mouths open and tongues out Cabana doesn't care that Bernese mountain dog Bayla is twice her size. Bayla is a sweetheart who loves to romp and run with everybody at the park.

small mixed breed, white with tan markings, smiling at the cameraWe've only met Shenzi a couple times, but I'm captivated by her gentle face and the way one ear flops down while the other stands straight up.

huge white great pyrenees with grey markings, loping along in his slow motion walkSweet Odie is part Great Pyrenees and part something else. Odie's owner says he got Odie from the breeder for the discounted price of $50 because the breeder wasn't quite sure what the "something else" was.

Sierra Rose  – (October 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM)  

Great photos!!! Have fun with the new lens!! It is such a great feeling when you capture just the right moment, and focus and contrast!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Sarah and Vance  – (October 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM)  

the the photos, especially of the Aussies, A little biased cause of the two Aussies I own myself :) Looks like fun though!

Alphini's Puppy Raiser  – (October 22, 2010 at 4:39 PM)  

They're ALL cute. But I love the 2nd pic, with Rowdy, the best! You're amazing b/c yes, dogs at a dog park are hard to shoot. Good job!

Emma Rose  – (October 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM)  

They are all so good it is hard to choose a favorite :) I would have to say that Rowdy and Cabana is my #1 and the 4 Aussies is second place. I'm 1/2 Aussie you know :)

Emma Rose

Kari in WeHo  – (October 22, 2010 at 7:29 PM)  

I love the expressions in the second pic


JackDaddy  – (October 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM)  

Oh I love the pictures, but I think I like the first one the best! Jack does that mouth in the tooth thing too!

Martha G  – (October 22, 2010 at 9:49 PM)  

I love the 4 Aussies - Aussies are so photogenic and gorgeous - but my 2 favorites were of Shenzi (adorable face) and Odie.

Mango  – (October 23, 2010 at 3:23 AM)  

Those are fantastic photos, but I kind of like the first one best.


Becky  – (October 23, 2010 at 5:17 AM)  

Oh the Jack the Pug! Adorable. That is so great that Cabana has such a great group of friends :)

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