Sometimes You Get Lucky: Avalanche


I haven’t done any serious photography in a while. That changed this afternoon in Laguna Beach. Julie and Stan drove in from Redlands.

Julie and I met and car pooled while shooting in Yosemite. This was my first time meeting Stan. I approve.

We shot at the beach, but I think my best photo came while waiting for them at dinner.

Laguna has many open air restaurants. People bring dogs. It’s surely against some code or statute. No one cares–certainly not me. It’s part of Laguna’s charm.

My subject is Avalanche, a large and friendly Husky mix. He has both a brown and blue eye.

I asked permission then got on my hands and knees. It must look weird, a grown man laying on the sidewalk. This was not the first time.

Avalanche was an excellent model, curious enough to show interest toward the camera without getting too close to focus. Big dog confidence.

I was having trouble getting a shot, so a nearby customer turned on his cell phone light. I never asked. I’m glad he did. It’s the bright spot on his snout.

I didn’t notice the interesting pattern in the pavement nor the nicely placed legs and shoes in the background. Serendipity. The shot is just jam packed with interesting content.

For those curious, F/4, 1/10 sec, ISO 2000, 10 mm on a 10-20 mm Sigma lens. I actually like this shot a little noisy and grainy. It is, after all, taken from a dog’s perspective in a dog’s world–under a table.

I handed Avalanche’s owner my card. I hope he asks for the photo.

2 Responses to “Sometimes You Get Lucky: Avalanche”

  1. Debbie Z says:

    Beautiful dog; beautiful photograph. Love your photography, Geoff. You have a great eye.

  2. Barb B says:

    Are you sure Avalanche isn’t saying “who’s that crazy guy laying on the sidewalk looking at me”? I love the expressions our dogs make when we pay attention to them—it makes for a happy feeling.

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