How I Got The Shot: ‘I Want This Dog!’

Camera: Canon T1i
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Photoshop: Increased contrast using Curves. Saturation increase. Crop.

I took this shot whilst on a walk with my wife and mum on Christmas Day – we were just ambling past this house when this gorgeous dog popped up, gazing at us with those adorable eyes! I just couldn’t resist taking a couple of photos.

It’s not the best photo, technically – the dog itself should have been sharper, for instance; I should have took my time and focused on the eyes. But, I was afraid the dog may get spooked and leave, so I shot quickly. You never know if you’re going to have time to re-compose and focus perfectly, so for instances like this – where the shot may get lost if you hesitate, or take too much time – I think it’s best to shoot away (you may get the time to take another, more-controlled photo after, but you may not get a shot at all if you took too long in the first place…).

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