Monday, July 02, 2007

Exocet Ridgeback

(Actually, Ziwa is quite nimble, and as frightening as it is to have
her approach at full speed, she generally manages to avoid
the collision. Not by much, but of course that's the point
of the game. Incidentally, she weighs about 85 pounds,
so, if you're trying to decide whether to brace yourself
or go limp, I'd choose the latter. And don't dawdle.)

9 comments:

Sherwood Harrington said...

GREAT shot, Mike! Seeing little 15-pound Jax coming at me like that is enough to make me flinch, so I can only *try* to imagine...

Kelsey doesn't do that stuff much any more, but even when he did, that wasn't his style of play.

What a happy, happy looking dog.

Gabe said...

What a picture!

Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

I'm heading for a new camera in the new year and i'd love to know what you use. What a shot!

ronnie said...

Hoverdog!!!!

Sherwood Harrington said...

Harrier terrier! Or hairier jumpdog, maybe.

Yeah, I know, she's not a terrier, but she's not really a missile, either...

Ruth, whatever kind of camera he uses, it must be one that forces animals to do photogenic things... even turtles.

Mike said...

My camera is nothing special, a Fuji Finepix A700,
http://tinyurl.com/363hve

It's a simple, $200 point-and-shoot camera, but the pictures it takes are quite good. I keep it in my pocket and use it at work -- we've regularly run photos from that camera on Page One, four columns wide.

But it does suffer from shutter lag, and this picture was a piece of luck. The beauty of digitals is that you can just keep shooting 'til you get something you like. And I was as surprised as anyone to see the results of this -- I only got off two shots before she was in my face.

Dann said...

I use the FinePix E510...also from Fuji. There are even extra lenses that you can buy....fisheye/wide angle, etc....to do fancier stuff.

It isn't as good as my old 35mm Fujica manual everything camera, but it is great for grabbing lots of quick shots.

Regards,
Dann

Mike said...

We've got a more expensive camera at the office, but the poor reporter can't see through the flip-out viewfinder. She's got good instincts for photography but the thing is just not user-friendly -- She'd be better off with a cheap point-and-shoot. I think it's hard to do well spending more than $300 or $400 but less than $1200. Biggest problem with the cheapies is shooting in a big hall with poor lighting and a limited ability to just get up and get closer -- and at that point, you need a really good camera -- several grand -- to make up for it.

Sherwood Harrington said...

Not to get too techie here, but...

I use a Nikon D70 SLR with a Nikon 18-200 VR zoom lens as its standard front end. It is an absolutely astounding combination as concerns quality, versatility, and immediacy of operation.

The combination can be had now for under $1500, but certainly for under $2k, and it's something I'd certainly recommend for a small-budget paper; its extraordinary range of abilities is staggering.