Another Happy Dog


Just another happy dog on a walk on the Stanley Park’s seawall.

Photographing black dogs is always difficult. Cameras don’t like black. The photo of a black dog has to show black. But if it’s too black, there’s nothing. It’s just a “big black blob”.

The solution? Give the feeling of black. It turns out that:

  1. Black is not a colour, but the absence of colour.

  2. You do not see black.

    Babies learn the colour black at the same time as they learn “continuity”. That’s between the age 2 month and 5 month. With a 1 month old baby, people play the hide and seek game where they hide their head behind something, like a couch, and reveal their head again. The baby giggles. That stops between the age 2 month and 5 month.

  3. People do not see black, instead they recognize black because they know that there is still something behind “that”.

Show enough details in the black and contrast the black with other colours will give the “feeling” of black.


Camera: Canon 70D ISO 100 and 1/250
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 @127mm and f/5.6
Processed with Darktable