Abby the fence hugger...

Posted by Abby (Scottsdale, AZ, United States) on 10 June 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Because the summer heat is nearly here, our morning walks now start around 5:00 am, which is proving problematic for my photography, as well as my sleep.

With some experimentation and quite a lot of practice, I've got my technique for photographing Abby during the day pretty well dialed-in. Nighttime is still a bit touch-and-go, though, as are dawn and dusk. This is mostly because: 1) I have very high quality standards (many of my friends who just read that are laughing loudly right now!) and 2) My camera's built-in flash isn't very powerful and its image quality falls off noticeably (IMO, anyway) above ISO 320 or so.

The bottom line here is that -- big surprise, I'm sure! -- in order for me to capture the highest quality photos of her, there needs to be lots of light, which doesn't happen until our morning walks are very nearly over due to the early start times. On the other hand, if we start any later, then Abby is panting furiously during the second half of our walk because of the heat and I always feel bad whenever that happens.

Add to that the fact that as a consequence of my frequent bouts of insomnia, I struggle to get up at 5:00 am many mornings, so we are not going for a walk every morning, as we do during cooler weather, which serves to further reduce the number of opportunities I have to take photos of her. (N.B.: I only post what I believe are the best photos from our outings, so I have to take a lot of them in order to post only a few of them.)

So while I will try to keep up with my twice weekly pace of posting photos, there's no guarantee that I will be able to do so for the entire summer. I'm not in any immediate danger of falling off the pace, mind you, because I have some inventory on hand, but by the time that August arrives, that will be exhausted and all bets will be off!

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