Black Poodle Passing By


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. Chimping is checking on the back of the camera after taking every single photo. This expression comes from the sound made by the monkeys: ooh, aah…). I kept on walking.

It was two days 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 a good to great image, sometimes it comes all together as is by magic…


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

Black is not a colour that we can see. We learned to recognize black as a baby between the age 3 month old and 9 month old by knowing that:

  1. There’s no colour.
  2. There’s something behind because either we saw it earlier or it’s partially hidden behind it.
  3. Therefore, whatever it is, the colour is black.

When it comes to photography, there are 2 alternatives:

  • Open the shadows either when taking the photo or when processing the photo and the dog will become grey.
  • Leave the cat or the dog black and the cat or the dog will become a “black blob”.

The magic comes with the proper light and the correct 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 ART: