Built For Action

Monday, February 24, 2020

I enjoy loading my four dogs and taking them to run freely, especially in large areas with water holes. It’s barely possible to capture all the dogs at once as I managed in the above photo, although a couple submerged in water are nearly out of sight. As I walk along, they’re always in my vicinity. They’re active, curious, but rarely all together long enough for my camera to focus, finger to press the shutter.

With my big camera handy, it’s capable of grabbing terrific action shots. The best can reveal much about an animal. A good action shot helps to clarify an animal’s physical build, which determines how it moves.

As an example, here’s Ranger, in a full-out double gallop with both rear legs reaching under his body. Those rear feet touching the ground ahead of his front legs will maintain or increase speed. In this photo, his tail’s position clues us that he’s in the process of changing direction.

Now, here’s little Louie. He’s a low profile at only twenty-five pounds, and doing a stretching-out mode of running. Louie’s short legs don’t lend themselves to double-runs, unless he’s motivated, and then they’re very capable.

The pack’s female is Osix. Her interesting rear leg action supports double-running. Osix isn’t one that I photograph to capture in action. She’s so doggone cute that it’s inviting to focus on coloring and prettiness. She blends so well in many different backgrounds.

When the subject is speed, this pack’s piece de resistance is Miles–a “blue” Border Collie (with the dilute gene). He’s a great mover–lithe, fast, smooth, always in action. In one instant he’s “right there”, and in another has evaporated. This is a fun shot, and an example of how busy he can keep my eye, camera, and shutter finger.

Now, we’re at the beginning of training these four to walk together on a lead with me, and through the neighborhood. There’s no reason that I should consider it enough to walk my horses and goats. These dogs need going, too, and so, it’ll happen.

Dear Friends: I’ve long wanted to get them walking together on a leash, and it’s time. Diana

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