I’ve been busy shooting and editing videos and photos, and writing articles, too. So I need a break, and so do you. Here it is: an adorable video in which a GoPro camera was cleverly used to film a dog doggedly running and hanging on to a stick (by YouTube user Lorduss1). You might also call it a stick-cam. It’s a hoot. I love watching the pooch’s eyes move. I used my GoPro a lot to shoot video during the Art of Sand festival, both for time lapses (constructed from stills) and as a tractor-cam from the big machines that move the sand.
This is why I love taking photos of animals: They are constantly moving, so a great photo feels like a rare event (not unlike taking photos of children). They are full of life and personality. If they look you in the lens, it’s always a moment. And they and their people are fun! A couple of months ago I went to a herding trial at Judith Kelly’s Asher-Dell Farm in Malabar, Florida, and I had the opportunity to shoot the trainers putting the dogs (and the sheep) through their paces. The dog in the photo was taking no nonsense from these sheep. See more photos.
F. Scott Fitzgerald said, in a real dark night of the soul, it is always 3 o’clock in the morning. The same might be said of website building. I’m designing this site to showcase my new business, as I plan to leave Florida Today newspaper after 11 years of reporting and shooting in just a few weeks. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and covering events like Tales of the Cocktail this summer in New Orleans, as well as shooting and editing some great video stories and photos. And, of course, chasing storms in Tornado Alley, which I will get to do in May without worrying about rushing back to Florida to meet a newspaper deadline.
I still have a lot more I want to do with the site, but a girl has to sleep sometime. Stay tuned, and you will see the design evolve, particularly on the gallery pages.