Dog Portraits with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8

Few shots to share. I made quite a number of mistakes in the framing the shots too quickly in cutting the ears and legs without noticing it at the time. The dogs are quite big and the lighting is quite harsh on the black doberman. I am glad that I have chosen the DA* zoom instead of the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 as it gives me a safer distance away from the Doberman. They are well trained but the thought to keep them in a safe distance is a safe advice from the owner.

The friendlier one

Dog portraits with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8

The more cautious one

Dog portraits with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8

They are very strong and it can be scary to pass them by on the street; there are few passer by who were really scared to pass by the two dobermans even though the owner had them on leash. And it is also my reasons in using a longer lens to stay in a safe distance. They are very intelligent animals and here is one picture that I may be off focus a bit or the shallow DOF doesn't show clearly on the nose.

Dog portraits with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8

The friendlier one is the male and I think he is younger as his ears are always standing up while the other female is not and her ears are not always up. Another close up that I have problem with the shadow on one side of the face.

Dog portraits with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8

It is a valuable experience and I learned that I need to work on the framing on the shots subject to lighting conditions to less shadow and I also make many framing errors in cutting the ear and legs -- I have a bad habit in not paying attention to the whole frame but the eyes.

Here are my difficulties & mistakes
  • harsh lighting around 9:30am create a lot of shadows
  • can't get too close due to safety
  • black color while the gravel are shinning bright
  • dogs get tired after 10 minutes into shooting
  • I lack experience in framing the shot, have shots clipping ears and legs

Impressions & Notes
  • The DA* zoom has done the job for me. I don't think I can do better with my other zoom in Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 or Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
  • I learn from the shooting that I can count on DA* zoom for portraits work in the outdoor
  • Lighting and timing is important as I will attempt sunset lighting to go with the black color
  • I need to work with finding a suitable toy object that can get their attention


TechFresh said...

I have tried to shot the dog, it's really hard when the dog don't want to stay still, so i use the tool which dog foods and finally it's work.

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