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Serious Dog Portraits
Please see second portrait below
Foxy At Deep Creek Lake
I have been trying for years to get a nice portrait of a fox.
I recently reached my goal.
It was the middle of the day. While driving down a country road near Deep Creek Lake, MD., we saw a red fox trotting along the double yellow lines.
Every time our car stopped, the fox paused and turned around to look at us. The fox seemed as curious about us as we were about it.
After a few hundred yards of this back and fourth, the fox darted off into a field and stopped again looking back as I fired off a few frames from my car window.
Below is another shot of the fox as it ran thru the field.
Above is one more fox photo I wanted to include in this post just for the fun of it!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Regional DockDogs Championships at the WISP resort at Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, MD.
When I saw that the weekly photo challenge was “Companionable,” I could not think of a better group of my pictures that would illustrate this theme than what I photographed at the DockDogs event.
Everyone and every animal truly seemed to enjoy this competition.
The championships consisted of different events where dogs were judged on their longest leap into a pool and on how fast they could retrieve an object after diving into a pool. Please see more photos below.
What struck me most (in addition to the pure athletic ability of these dogs) was the bond developed between the dogs and their human companions evident during every part of the event.
What always drew me to sports photography when I was a working photojournalist was capturing the human emotion of a game or competition, even more so than just getting the action.
I was pleased with some of these photos because I was able to combine the athleticism of the dogs as well as the excitement of their “coaches” in one frame.
If you have the opportunity to attend a DockDogs event in your area, be sure to do it. It is really a lot of fun and you will meet a lot of nice people who really love their dogs. I hope you enjoy some of the other photos below.