In the surf

Dogs can be an endless source of fun. I wrote just over a year ago about the challenges of photographing my dog in the snow.

This year, he got his first experience of the seaside and a bit of surf. The technical challenges are less than previously: unlike snow, there’s no extreme black/white contrast, the light is usually much better enabling faster shutter speeds and smaller apertures. On the beach in the sun gives you the chance to concentrate on capturing what you might call the ‘essence of dog’ – to focus on telling the story of his reaction to this new experience.

This essentially consists of gluing the viewfinder to your eye, watching carefully and trying to predict the dog’s next move. Then it’s just a case of take lots of pictures and look for the ones that show some movement or reaction.

So here he is, treating the surf as something to be barked at and then run away from.