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Sunday, August 15, 2004


To The Dogs...

Lap DogToday, as I drove past our community college, I noticed a big event going on. There were a number of large, festive tents set up and there was a huge crowd.

Well, it so happened that I had thrown my Adorama Slinger bag into the car before I left the house, so I thought I'd park my car and check things out. Where there are crowds, there are people shots, I figured.

It turns out that this was a dog show sponsored by Annapolis Kennel Club. Now I am not now nor have I ever been a dog owner, but I'll be darned if this show wasn't a lot of fun! As it was, I was on a "mission", so I only stayed for about fifteen minutes, but I wish I could have managed an hour or more.

Martha My DearThe people were interesting and friendly, and the dogs were... well, cute! Not to mention that, from a photo-opportunity standpoint, there was a lot of material all around.

Once I parked my car, I switched to my new Sigma 70-300 mm zoom, and that turned out to be a good choice. There were a lot of people shots and doggy shots that were well-suited to longer focal lengths. It was a sunny day, so I was able to shoot at reasonably fast, hand-holdable shutter speeds while still being able to close down the lens by a stop or two.

Department store glassware displays and a dog show all in one weekend ... who woulda thunk it?

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