Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Pooch Party

Charlestown, MA 021011 Dogs and their owners attended a Valentine's celebration at Durty Harry's, a dog grooming store in Charlestown, on February 10, 2011. The store owners tried to set up a red-carpet for the dogs but that lasted about 30 seconds before the dogs thought it would be more fun to chew on the carpet than to walk on it. According to the store owner about 50 dogs and their owners attended the affair. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET BEHIND THE SCENES: Every once in a while you get an assignment that when you read it you can't help yourself but to smile. This was definitively one of those occasions. Because I know the best way to photograph dogs is from their eye level I put on a set of knee pads I always carry in my car. When there were just a few dogs and a few people things were working out beautifully but as the night progressed and the small space became crammed with more canines and their owners being on my knees was not as much fun anymore. By the time I was done I and all of my gear were covered in a thick layer of drool. TECH STUFF: Two cameras. A 16- 35mm 2.8 and a 80-200mm 2.8. The camera with a wide angle had a camera mounted strobe unit. The place presented several technical issues when it came to lighting because of the flood-light style fixture in the ceiling. These created pockets of bright light and left the non-lit areas very dark. So black dogs and white dogs running to and fro under the lights made for interesting exposure issues. There was as much as 2 1/2 stop difference between the light areas and the dark areas. Even while using a strobe it was very challenging to try to balance the ambient light with the strobe output just because of the constant changing exposure situation. But alas the world around is in constant flux so we must adapt.

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