Doppler: This Shot Captures Her Essence

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If Doppler ever learns to talk, her first words will be, “Turn off the damn camera!” I’m taking advantage of the situation. She can’t say no. She’s been my photographic subject thousands of times.

Every once in a while a single photo will stand out. This one does to me.

Helaine was drying Doppler after her shower. The blow dryer was farther down her back. Doppler was prone with her snout flat on a towel.

I was flat on my belly and on the other side of the bedroom when I snapped away. It wass a 300mm F/4 lens, a telephoto. I shot at 1/200th, slow for this focal length but OK because of image stabilization.

The ISO was 4000. Very high. You get tiny noise specs on the photo. It’s the price you pay for sharpness in low light.

This lens, configured this way, produces a shallow depth of field. On shots like this you try and get the eyes in focus and forget everything else. That wasn’t happening. Her bangs worked fine. Doppler’s nose is slightly out-of-focus while most of her body is softly blurred.

I like this shot in part because of the incredible contrast in her fur. Bright white to shadowy dark grey are represented. Each cluster of strands lies a different length from the lens, so not only is there contrast in luminance, there’s contrast in sharpness.

When Doppler speaks, after she tells me to stop, she’ll let me know this photo captures her essence.

3 Responses to “Doppler: This Shot Captures Her Essence”

  1. Bob says:

    Geoff,
    Gee you stay up pretty late!
    Long time fan from Cheshire CT.
    I’ve enjoyed your writings over the years.
    Cheers,
    Bob

  2. Lou Lange says:

    Beautiful picture, Geoff…

  3. Debbie Z says:

    She looks like a cloud. I bet she’s soft and warm and just ready for a tummy rub when she’s done being dried. Give her a skritch from me.

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