I quite often walk Maddy our neighbours Black Lab – she loves water, streams, ponds, puddles – anything will do! This time it was a river.
I became fascinated by the way she clears water off with a shake / roll that starts at her head and ripples backwards quickly to her tail, and repeats a couple of times. This shot shows the point where her head has virtually stopped, but the rest of her is still in motion… including the ears! I had set out on our walk to take some landscape shots of the Kent countryside but found this more fascinating and decided to try to capture it and the vast amounts of water thrown off.
It was a hot day in June (2010) which fortunately meant she was very happy to go into the river several times. My first attempt was too close and somewhat wet! I cleaned the lens, stepped back a little and after a couple more tries, I took this shot at 120mm on my Canon 28-300L zoom and my EOD 5D MKII at 1/500th shutter priority. For me this speed was just about right as I did not want to completely freeze the movement. The shot was taken at ISO 1600 because we were in a very shaded spot with a dark background.
I thought some high contrast Split tone processing in Lightroom to bring out the water and movement would prove quite effective, and used a little localised exposure adjustment on her face to retain some detail.
I enjoy photographing just about anything, but best of all when I can use the camera to show something not normally seen because it is too fast, too small, too wild or just a new angle on things.