Really Cold: Vancouver, BC

Whip-pt being really cold

Whip-pt Being Really Cold

This is a Vancouver’s winter: around 5° Celsius or around 40° Fahrenheit. This is Canada and this would be mid spring weather for the rest of Canada. But it’s really cold for Vancouver and for Whippets. They have almost no fat content. Whippets have about 5% to 10% fat content. That would be the equivalent of Mr. Universe or Mr. Olympia in bodybuilding, except that bodybuilding is for the …

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Gene Pool Problems

Bulldog, profile view

Bulldog

There are Bulldogs and there are bulldogs. At this point, it’s very rare to see a Bulldog on the “doggy circuit”, the big dog shows/competitions, like the famous Westminster Kennel Club…

Now, most of the Bulldog breeds must pass a veterinary check-up to prove that they are healthy. They check for some basic capabilities such as breathing and walking… The problem is that many of the Bulldogs and the Pugs, especially the …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Auto-ISO

Digital cameras have changed photography. In the “good old days” you bought a film: black or white, ASA (ASA begat DIN which begat ISO) 125 or 400 or a color film with a specific sensitivity with an ASA rating of 50 like the Fuji Velvia 50 or Kodachrome 64… And that was it. For the whole roll/film. You could push the sensitivity a little bit but not by much.

Now with digital, we have …

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Some Dogs Have Presence

dog with presence

Some Dogs Have Presence

Althea or Alta (even after I asked her owner to repeat, I’m not sure) is a Corgi and a miniature Husky.

The body and the colour of the hair of a Corgi, the hair type and the eyes of the Husky…

She has presence. She’s a go getting dog without being pushy. She walks without a leash. She goes and greet every person that looks at her, but she …

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Capturing a Golden Retriever

Golden retriever running

Photographing a Running Golden Retriever

  • Taking photos is easy: look and press on the button.
  • The difficulty is: when and how.

I wanted to take this Golden Retriever running but show the feeling of him running, not frozen in time and still track him as he’s running.

The shutter speed need to be fast enough, because I’m moving to keep up with him. But the shutter speed must not be too fast for …

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Butt Sniffing

Dogs sniffing butt

First Things First

When dogs meet, the first thing they do is sniff each other’s butt. Why?

  1. To establish status. With the butt sniff, they will know each other’s age and their health.
  2. Advertising purpose. Dogs advertise (mostly males) when they pee on the grass, on a tree or a pole. That’s their way of spray painting: “I was here”.

Technical

Camera: Canon 7DMkII ISO 500 and 1/160
Lens: Canon 70-200L …

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What’s The Tongue For?

Airedale Terrier sticking his tongue out

Airedale sticking his tongue out

I have no idea what this Airedale Terrier is doing, but he’s sticking his tongue to me. Very unusual…

Airedales are the largest of all the Terriers. This Airedale’s tail is natural and hasn’t been cut, aka docked (to make it sound less traumatic). Most Airedales at shows have their tail cut down.

The most famous Airedale is Laddie Boy which was President Harding’s Airedale during …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Hot Pixels

In the “good old days” all the digital cameras were using CCD (Charge Coupled Device) sensors and now almost all digital cameras use CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors. CMOS image sensors are so much cheaper to manufacture and they behave better (more linear) in less than perfect conditions.

The way the sensor works (extremely simplified) is they receive the light from the photosite (a small lens that is front of the each pixel of …

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What’s the Harness For?

dog with collar and harness

Dog With Collar and Harness

This dog has a harness and neck collar. His leash is not attached to the harness but to the collar.

Often people will have the collar with the name tag, the phone number and the dog license and then the leash is attached to the harness.

I have never seen a harness like that, it could be a harness for pulling but…

BTW for dog shows like the Westminster Kennel …

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Avoiding Staring at Me

dog almost looking at camera

She’s Almost Looking at Me

This white Labrador almost looked into the camera, but she stopped short, just in case. The Labs are one of the very few Canadian dogs.

They were “created” by Canadian fishermen to help on the fishing boats and pull the nets with cod fish from the water. Now, you know why Labradors love the water and love to play tug of war. They are strong dogs and they make …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Standby Mode

Battery life for mirrorless cameras is dismal, especially when comparing with DSLR cameras. My Canon 7DMkII does easily 1200 exposures on one battery charge and I have had times with 2000+ exposures. My X-Pro2 with the Optical Viewfinder and no image display after taking the image gives me:

  1. The original Fujifilm battery: NP-W126S: 290 exposures
  2. The no-name brand battery: NP-W126: 180 exposures

BTW, these are my numbers, from my experience.

So turning off …

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