The Dragonflies are out!

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When the squirrels and birds aren’t playing, our Rusty likes nothing better than to leap through the wet areas where we walk chasing dragonflies.  Her teeth flash as she leaps and bounds around, trying to catch those elusive insects that are intent of avoiding her.

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She often freezes, stock still, just waiting for that moment when the iridescent creatures take to the air, then… the game is on!

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Her athletic leaps become more energetic as her jaws snap on thin air.

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Occasionally, however, her prey isn’t quite fast enough and she gets within striking range!

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And snap, she has a mouthful of crunchy insect.  Mind you, I’m really not sure that the taste is truly worth all that effort!

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This is wonderful weather for photography, so if you are thinking of getting some photographs of your athletic gun dog, or any pet come to that, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Nick Anderson Photographic

Aviation Photography

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Although I spend a lot of my time capturing those wonderful moments when our dogs do something memorable, my photographic interests frequently take me to other subjects.  Recently I was lucky to be invited to join many from the Airline Pilot Guy www.airlinepilotguy.com  community at the Wings over Pittsburgh airshow.

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A classic American airshow of old and new it proved to be a great place to watch such remarkable aircraft as the F22 and the previous generation of fighters, the P51 Mustang.

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Photographing aircraft can be a bit of a challenge and I am always in awe of those who do it well.  It needs a very steady hand to pan a big camera with the sort of long lens needed to bring an aircraft close enough to see properly.  A fast shutter speed is essential unless you want to get some prop blur, in which case you need to be unbelievably steady!

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I was using my fairly new Canon 5D Mk4 with a 100-400 L MkII but even that wasn’t enough so I had a 1.4 teleconverter attached, giving me a reasonable 560 mil of reach.  The camera settings were just as important as when shooting against the sky, even against a clouds, the camera will expose for the bright background and leave you will a flying silhouette! Around a stop of over exposure is needed to get the detail you will want from the aircraft.

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Of course, not all photo opportunities are in the sky, there were plenty of things to shoot at ground level, including a wonderful old machine that flew in the Berlin Airlift.

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And although we all loved the noise and excitement of the fast jets, one of the most beautiful displays made no noise at all!

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