A Black Poodle Passing By: Vancouver, BC

category: Dogs • 1 min read

black poodle passing by

Black Poodle Passing By: Vancouver, BC

Sometimes everything clicks (pun intended). Sometimes, everything works perfectly and you don’t even notice it until much later.

This black Poodle is one of these moments. Two quick photos, next… I almost never chimp (that’s checking on the back of the camera after taking every single photo — this comes from the sound made by the monkeys: ooh, aah…). I kept on walking.

Two weeks later when I checked and processed the images that I saw that everything was ‘perfect’. The way the dog walks, the light giving just enough details in the black fur of this black poodle. The focus, the exposure…

Sometimes, I need to work and work to get good to great images, sometimes it comes all together as is by magic…

It’s never easy to take photos of black dogs.

Black is not a color that we can see. We learned to recognise black between the age 3 month old and 9 month old by interrupting the colours/things behind it.

There are 2 alternative:

  • open the shadows and the dog becomes grey
  • leave the dog black, then it becomes a “black blob”

The magic comes with the light and the contrast. Just like in this photo.


Camera: Canon 7D Mark II ISO 1250 and 1/320
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 @176mm and f/6.3
Processed with Rawtherapee 5.8: https://www.rawtherapee.com/