I'm honored by the kind words, everyone. It was my favorite shot of the bunch, so I'm glad you enjoyed it as well.
jkru617, I believe the brown by the tail was the top of a cement drain pipe that is mostly out of view. I didn't notice it until after I'd posted the picture up. Thanks to those who pointed it out, I think I'll go back and try to clone it out.
I appreciate Sue's remarks about the red dog tag, however, I also find it a bit distracting. If I were to take the shot over again I think I might leave the collar(s) on but remove the red tag.
RedSloth, I got a kick out of your comments. But don't be too impressed until you hear the back story...it was a team effort. My wife and youngest daughter held onto Vixen until I was ready for her to be released. My older daughter stood directly behind me with a plastic water bottle as a decoy.
suecassidy wrote in post #15291000
Excellent shot, and that isn't easy to get on a moving target and a wide aperture. Especially on that breed of dog, with a long snout. Typically, the eyes might be sharp but the end of the nose is not, but you have everything sharp that needs to be sharp AND you captured the sense of movement AND the dogs ears are up, which is essential to my mind when shooting German Shepherds. Love that there is enough light in the eyes to give the dog some "life". I disagree respectfully about the dog tags and cloning them out. I would not. Whether or not they are a visual distraction isn't the issue, they are if people think they are, but an acceptable one to ME, because it shows that this is a pet etc. Great shot, all the way around.
Sue, thanks for the great comments. First off, even though I live in central CA, these shots were taken over Thanksgiving, not far from where you're at, at my parents in Mission Viejo. Vixen is actually a pure bred Malinois, althought I can certainly understand the confusion. I'm a dyed in the wool Belgian Malinois fan (I've had 4 of them), and based on this photo alone, even I would have guessed she was a German Shepherd. At this angle the sabling on her coat looks a lot like the typical saddle on a GSD. And her face has never been as black as is common on many Mals.
Speed was definitely an issue. She's a quick dog, and has been clocked on a radar gun at 32 MPH...for a bit of friendly rivaly, the fastest we've seen a German Shepherd run (and a svelte female at that), is 27 MPH. (You'd be amazed at what a few bored K9 handlers can come up with to keep us occupied at patrol training). I shot these using the multiple exposure setting as she ran at me, and the majority weren't worth keeping.
I'll add a couple other fun ones for comparison. In this first shot she has the more traditional Malinois expression...ears layed flat back and that "all so eager to meet you" expression:
This one I did get all four feet off the ground. I also have my Mom's Labradoodle "Benni" as the bokeh. I played around with post processing by reducing the vibrance to -100, and then warming it up a touch. I kind of like how it turned out but I'd be curious if anyone else does or not:
This last picture is poorly executed. I'm only including it so that you can see the obvious Malinois coloring and body style, to give comparison to a German Shepherd:
More of my Malinois photos can be seen in this thread: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php?t=1250805