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SOS Algarve Animal Charity Event – 11th May 2019

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Had a great time yesterday at the SOS Algarve Animal Dog Walk & Photo Shoot Charity event. Even though the numbers attending were a little less than we hoped, it was still a great day raising money for such a great charity! For more information this amazing charity, please see their WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE.

It really was a pleasure to help and of course, have a great time with all the dogs! I went along on the walk to capture some photographs and these will follow in a couple of days, below are the individual photo shoots. If you had a photo shoot, I will contact you separately with details to download your photos!

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Wally On The Wall

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Yesterday morning I snapped this shot of Wally running through some spring flowers, the light was great, but the sky behind him was thick white clouds. So I set to work processing the photo and gave it a vintage-retro look which works really well with the horrible sky. It is one of my favourite photos of Wally and we love it so much I have printed it in A3 to go on the wall in the house.

Don’t forget, I offer a “Dogs-In-Nature” Photo Shoot service where I come to you to capture photos of your dog(s) doing what they do best! More information on the Dogs-In-Nature Photo Shoot. Gift Vouchers are also available too!

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Wally Having Fun
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The Importance Of Clean Equipment

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As you may have read in previous posts, I have recently been having an issue with my Nikon AF-S 80-400mm lens. It was having trouble locking on focus and keeping locked on with Continuous Auto Focus. It would “hunt” making a terrible mechanical noise. I thought it was time to be sent off for a motor service.

I’m not actually sure what fixed the issue, but a full clean of both front and rear elements, a clean of the electrical contacts (which is what I believe to have been the problem) on the lens, a blow with my Giotto’s Rocket Blower and also a blow on the camera mirror itself and as you can see from yet another Wally action shot that everything is back as it should. Remember, for all the electronic wizardry such as Auto Focus and Metering, the camera needs a clear view of the reflected light.

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Super Dog!
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Practice Practice Practice…..

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For those that have attended one of my Workshops will know how much I stress that you have to practice photography. This isn’t the case just for beginners learning, but also experienced photographers.

You will often see me using Wally as my model whilst out walking him in the mornings. He loves the “Stay….Stay….Stay….Fetch!” game and this morning we had a lot of fun. Not only is this practice good for technique and the technical aspects of the camera, but also helps with framing and artistic approach.

Here’s a few shots of Wally from this morning.

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Wally On His Morning Walk
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Recent Dogs-In-Nature Photo Shoot

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Last week I had an amazing Dogs-In-Nature Photo Shoot with these 2 adorable best friends in Praia da Rocha.

Not only was it such a laugh being with them, I was giggling to myself when editing them too. It’s not too late to enjoy the 15% off your own shoot, but hurry, the offer ends on Thursday! See the Dogs-In-Nature Photo Shoot Page for more details.

Here are just a couple of shots from the session. Britney Spears pose?


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