Luke was not too excited about the whole process, and backed away from the veterinarian preparing to check his eyes. He began to back up, perhaps too distracted to notice that he had backed into the space between my legs. Luke's handler thought this would make an amusing photo, so I handed her my second camera body equipped with a wide angle lens so she could make the shot. I held on to my other camera and looked down at the dog, just in case the photo was needed in the future. With a camera in my hands I'm a photographer, not somebody who happened to be in an examining room.Photo #1 was the result.
During my visit to Veterinary Vision, a total of four service dogs from Warrior Canine Connection were present. For the most part, photographing dogs from an adult eye-level perspective is a little bland. But when you get down on the floor and photograph them from their vantage point, the view is quite different. You can see more dog from a lower shooting position but you will have to endure more sniffing and doggie kisses, so come prepared with some cleaning wipes and a change of clothes.
This is Miss Bea, the second dog to be examined. She was a little nervous, so both her handler and the veterinarian gave her some extra attention to calm her down. When the situation changes this quickly, I usually fire as quickly as I can and I won't stop to chimp (examine) the images as I take them.
With several photos to choose from, I examined each one, looking for the one shot that had the most visual interest. On first glance, all of the images are essentially the same. But if you look closely, You can see the images 3, 4, and 5 of the composite show the dog in a more relaxed position. The technician's left hand is flat in the second image, suggesting that the dog is being slapped. There were subtle changes in technician's face, which would influence the choice.
I guess working with these wonderful dogs is the high point of my shooting year. If only my human interactions could be as simple and straightforward as those I have with these wonderful dogs.
Color: For the most part, florescent lighting in small rooms can be a real nightmare. Add to that the contrast from top lighting and color contamination from the walls and furniture. Not much you can do about that. Also, the images were converted from Adobe RGB to Screen RGB, and by the time they finally get published (in print and online), the colors look even worse. I'm sure that when I get my final photo assignment, it will be a photo essay on purgatory, made in a room with a blue floor, green walls, and a random selection of old and new florescent lights!