Cali

Portrait of a friend’s dog named Cali. Shot with a 135 at F2- probably my favorite lens. Its incredibly sharp corner to corner, even wide open. It also costs considerably less than the 70-200 F2.8 IS, while at the same time being much smaller and lighter. It’s also black, which draws far less attention if your trying to shoot candidly. Many of my shots from the Shambhala 2012 post were with this lens.

By | 2013-04-26T09:00:04+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Animals|76 Comments

76 Comments

  1. The Outdoor Times November 19, 2012 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful dog!

  2. Sherpa Sherril November 19, 2012 at 7:43 am - Reply

    VERY nice!!! I appreciate your work. I would love the “vulcan mind meld” to shoot as well. Blessings!!

  3. Jeffrey Howe November 19, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Was just up in Vancouver! Which put me in mind of the blog here. Thus: I’m nominating your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Details are over on my blog: http://jeffreyhowe.wordpress.com/

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  4. The Earth Beneath My Feet November 19, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Stunning pic!

  5. millercanning November 19, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    i love all of your work, but really really appreciate the dogs. i rescue dogs and place in new homes. great photos capture their spirit!

  6. petspeopleandlife November 19, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    The portrait is excellent. Gorgeous dog. I love border collies and just did a post about the herding group of dogs in central Texas.

  7. Morrighan November 19, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    awesome,i want to learn to take REAL photographs. with special lens and such as that. when i take close ups the subject gets blurry. with special lens and cameras and the knowledge on how to use them it’s amazing the photo possibilities.

  8. colormusing November 19, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Makes me smile to look at this dog– you captured her happy personality!

  9. yzamsie November 19, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Awesome shot! Cute dog 🙂

  10. paulmilnepoetry November 19, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Beautiful portrait.

  11. 1girl4adamwest November 19, 2012 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Great shot & a gorgeous dog!

  12. Heartafire November 19, 2012 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Beautiful!
    Heart

  13. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples November 19, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Crystal clear… great shot and great pose to. 🙂

  14. Marion Driessen November 19, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Beautiful capture of Cali’s personality.

  15. lauramccain November 19, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I think you’ve captured Cali’s essence.

  16. dorothycunningham November 19, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    That is one fine shot. Thank you for the lens info…..I’ll look into that one!

  17. andelieya November 19, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing not only the photo, but also the shooting info! Is is a Canon lens? Does it also have the IS?

  18. Cogito ergo sum November 19, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    This shot rocks!

  19. David November 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Beautiful portrait.

  20. nutsfortreasure November 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    A PHOTO OF LOVE To Be Sure
    Eunice

  21. Adrian Lupsa November 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what I like more: the dog or the photo. Maybe both of them. 😛 Congratulations!

  22. Sheila Morris November 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I love Cali.

  23. tamaraplant November 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    This photo is beautiful. I love it when photohraphers find a way to amplify the beauty in everyday things. Great work!

  24. Secret girl November 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Great photo and cute dog.

  25. Margaret Grant November 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Fabulous shot, such clarity. I have forwarded the link to my photographer friends.

  26. urbancurator November 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Great capture!!!

  27. Mary Gilmartin November 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    What a handsome dog and portrait. I really like the way his tongue is curled.

  28. shapeofthingstoni November 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Lovely dog portrait. You’ve got talent.

  29. margosnotebook November 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    terrific photo, wonderful crispness

  30. charliezero1.wordpress.com November 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful dog. 🙂

  31. viveka November 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    A very happy dog … that is very photogenic.

  32. YellowCable November 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Sweet lens.

  33. Angeline M November 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Great shot! And, yes, very sharp!

  34. Alexis November 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    This dog is adorable!

  35. Linda G. November 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Beautiful dog.

  36. compostingwords November 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot of a beautiful dog. Love how the light glows softly on the white on her muzzle and chest and just the right sparkle in her eyes.

  37. imayahya1 November 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!!!

  38. Emilie Bee November 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Looks like he’s smiling 🙂 Great shot!

  39. Funkangeles November 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I want to put the picture on my desk and tell everybody he’s mines! Good looking dog. Captured the right way by lens not net.. Great work

  40. scottfack November 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    That is one beautiful photo and a very cute dog. Your friend is lucky to have a great photographer for a friend! 🙂

  41. Lyndah Malloy-Glover November 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Love the pic

  42. The Landy November 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Truly beautiful…

  43. Laal November 20, 2012 at 12:26 am - Reply

    What do you recommend as a fairly simple, relatively affordable camera for someone who wants to capture good shots, easily upload material, and choose between photos or video? I’m distressed to be thinking about getting a new camera and I want to be sure that if I do invest themoney I get the right one. I know this is a wide-open question but thought it worth asking. Thanks!

  44. ramblingsfromamum November 20, 2012 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I LOVE the curled tongue capture! Gorgeous.

  45. Where's Wiwi? November 20, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply

    stunning shot! That lens is a cracker.

  46. Andrew November 20, 2012 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Magical portrait.

  47. staceyweichert November 20, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I put my little Doxie on the blog recently–not as great an image as this!

  48. mindinterrupted November 20, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Sweet. Dogs are so “real” and alive with wonder.

  49. Frugal Expat November 20, 2012 at 8:06 am - Reply

    beautiful!

  50. Maria November 20, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Great dog – difficult to get the animal portrait just right but you did it! Kudos.

  51. belasbrightideas November 20, 2012 at 9:04 am - Reply

    LOVE this. Of course I am a dog lover, BUT love the b&w, which I’ve also done with some success when photographing our dogs. Sweet image.

  52. Siren A. Star November 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Love the photo. Cali is so cute!

  53. misslottieblogs November 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    PUPPY!!!!!! She’s really lovely.

  54. i.d November 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Like!

  55. stitchinstein November 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Patrick,
    Love this photo. Does your lens lock into the focus on the eyes or do you find that you have to take a lot of shots to get one in focus. I always have the darndest time trying to take a photo like this! I am going to have to investigate this lens! Just beautiful!

  56. Naresh Ramadurai November 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I love B&W photography and this is a extraordinary….The moment i saw this i knew I’m going to follow your blog 🙂

  57. ailsafulcher November 21, 2012 at 1:23 am - Reply

    You captured the personality of this beautiful dog brilliantly. Thanks for following my blog 🙂

  58. rickwilliamspga.com November 21, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Good puppy! Great expression, too. I enjoy perusing your photos. There’s a crispness to them I like. And I don’t know anything about photography, but suppose I know what I like when I see it, no?

  59. planted oak November 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    aaww…love the tongue curled…such an alive photo patrick.

  60. Angelina Carrera November 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I can’t stop looking at this photo. I wish I could take a photo of my cat that looks this good! Stunning.

  61. readinpleasure November 22, 2012 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Nice dog

  62. Be Well And Happy November 24, 2012 at 2:43 am - Reply

    awwwww gorgeous…. we have a collie too… really captured it here

  63. GiggsMcGill Jill November 25, 2012 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Adorable dog! =D Love that you caught him with his tongue out ^.^

  64. Mahogany November 25, 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

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  65. A Spare Mind November 25, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    <3

  66. Karin Susan Fester November 25, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Love this photo….All the photographs on your blog are fantastic. keep up the excellent work.
    Karin

  67. pishnguyen November 26, 2012 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Beautiful dog portrait. I love the way you captured that adorable curl to his (her?) tongue.

  68. skyblueseagreen November 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Wow–every time I visit, whatever the subject, your photos give me such a great feeling.

  69. bethzpix November 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Love this one!

  70. Julia Kovach December 1, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Love it! A wonderful capture! xoJulia

  71. Rivka And Her Wit December 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Seems silly that out of all of your photographs I choose to comment on the photo of a dog. In truth, the dog’s name (and title of the post) caught my eye. Of course some of your landscape shots are out of this world AMAZING, but those seem to garner a significant amount of traffic and commentary. So here I am paying homage to the photographic underdog…no pun intended.

    And as response to the masterful capturing of the hound, I say, “Nice tongue!” 🙂

  72. Any Lucky Penny December 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Cali is so adorable! I would love to take a picture of my dogs like this!

  73. simpl3nough December 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    All of your photos are so remarkably taken. They are all absolutely beautiful. I am a huge dog person, so naturally I love this one of Cali… But the sunset, fog, … honestly all of them are just stunning!

  74. Monique"s FM/CFS Blog December 16, 2012 at 6:44 am - Reply

    love this photo… love that you left in black and white… Also, Cali is beautiful…

  75. meditatingmummy December 19, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Just gorgeous.

  76. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap October 17, 2013 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Marvelous. Love dogs. Love this photo.

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