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September 09, 2013
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Thought I would take a break and share a little about my crazy Australian Shepherd, Oscar, and a photo that I shot of him in the spring.  Several months ago I rented some photo equipment to play around with hypersync, a way to trigger a studio flash at a much faster shutter speed than normal.  I am a big fan of action sports photography and lighting, so I figured I could give this technique a shot and see what I could come up with.  I didn’t have any action sports athletes to work with, but I did have my Aussie Oscar.  He is always willing to chase a ball or Frisbee so I set up a studio light in the middle of my yard (yea, the neighbors might of thought I was odd, but oh well) and had my wife throw the ball towards where the light was aiming.   All this was alot harder than it looked, it was tricky to get the action to happen in just the right spot, time and compose my shot, and get Oscar to do something photo worthy.  Over the course of a few days we set up the light several times playing with several toys trying to get a photo that would look right.  What I ended up with is 1 image out of several hundred that I am pleased with, and even then there are things I would do differently if I were to re-shoot this image.

Australian Shepherd playing fetch

 

This was the best I came up with.  I shared the image originally on my personal Facebook page, and my instagram account, and thought nothing more about it.  A few months passed and the organization that we adopted Oscar from several years ago were holding a photo contest for the annual calendar.  I had always meant to submit a photo to this contest, but never got around to it,  well this year I had a photo ready to go, so I submitted the image for their calendar, and was thrilled when I learned that Oscar will be the cover photo for October.  Here is the link to purchase the calendar in a few weeks when they go on sale, all the profits go towards rescuing and finding homes for Australian shepherds, plus you get to look at my photo all month of October in 2014.

I also entered the photo into a contest sponsored by Pocketwizard, the maker of the triggers that allow hypersyncing your studio strobes.  Again, I didn’t think anything of this, there were hundreds of photos entered into the contest.  While I did not win, I was thrilled that my image was selected as one of the 11 semi-finalist photos of the hundreds that were entered!  Here is the link to see all the Winners and Semi-Finalist photos.

All from a photo where I was just playing around with my dog in the yard.

Excuse me, I have to end this, as Oscar is sitting next to me impatiently waiting to go out and play ball!