Time to get Wet

Time to get Wet
Tech Info: Nikon D90 | 70-300 @300mm | ISO 200 | f/5.6 | 1/1000 s | -0.33 EV
From the archives, a beautiful dog enjoying a nice cool dip in the Foster City lagoon during a hot summer day of 2009.
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Clipped Ear

Clipped Ear

Tech Info: Single exposure with Nikon D300s, 70-300 @210mm, ISO 200, f/5.3 for 1/320 of sec.

During my trip to India last year, I managed to go for a bird watching outing with my friends to Bannerghatta National Park just outside of Bangalore. We had a great time and in fact Karthik released a Wolf Snake there which I had mentioned it earlier (link).

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Tech Info: Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-300 @210mm; f/5.3 with ISO 400 for 1/500 sec

Chase 2

Tech Info: Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-300 @70mm; f/4.5 with ISO 400 for 1/500 sec.

Chase 3

Tech Info: Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-300 @170mm; f/5 with ISO 400 for 1/2000 sec

Meet Chase: He is our neighbour’s pet, pretty laid back in life, doesn’t get too excited (often) and seems to enjoy his life. He is very moody though and only my elder daughter has the right to mess with him. I have to use treats to remind him of me when I’m returning from a long visit, but my daughter gets recognized right away. She is allowed to mess with his eyes, ears and even his tail and all these things are off limits to others. Overall he has a very pleasing personality and everybody around just adores him. Of course he gets more mentions from my daughter (which was quite obvious) as the feeling is pretty mutual there.

About this shot: These were taken as part of an impromtu portrait session near our house. The light was kinda perfect with warm evening glow. Of course to get him crisp, I had to keep my shutter speed to 1/500 of a second or more. So increased my ISO to 400 and opened up the aperture as wide it can go. For portraits I really like the shallow DOF given out by the wide apertures. For the full pose, I had to increase my shutter to 1/2000 of a second as Chase is dominated by white color under his mouth and belly.

Processing: Other than the usual contrast adjustment that I do on all my pics, these needed a slight desaturation. I’m not sure whether it was my monitor problem or the color rendered by the 70-300mm glass. But I’ve never de-saturated a color pic before, so I’m guessing that it might be a problem with my monitor and the ambient light used during the post. With that done, all I had to do was re-size and upload it for the web 🙂