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High-flying dog makes a good subject for a lens test

I rented a lens for an event this weekend and couldn’t find any worthwhile subjects to test it on while driving home. Lucky for me I have Scout, my Border Collie who is always willing to play. The light was a bit harsh and I was shooting towards it but it was still fun and he gave me some nice captures.

Oh, and for the lens, it is a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS L. We’ll see how it does this weekend but I think it is going to do great.

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A Border Collie leaps to catch a flying disc.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Border Collie leaps to catch a flying disc. (© Tony’s Takes)

What’s going on over there?

While having family pictures taken at a farm in Boulder County, Colorado, this creature was most interested in the goings on. I of course had my own camera for capturing other subjects and thought this guy deserved his own portrait. Taken in March 2014.

A very curious horse peers over a fence in Boulder County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A very curious horse peers over a fence in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Scout works the weave poles on National Dog Day

A gorgeous evening here and I figured given that it is National Dog Day I would get out and take some pictures of my dogs. Scout is a Border Collie and just as athletic – and psychotic in some ways – as the breed is known for. He is so amazing smart. They say this is the hardest agility course event for dogs to learn. Scout learned it after about three time of trying. He is coming up on four years old.

Scout, a border collie, works his way through weave poles on an agility course.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Scout, a border collie, works his way through weave poles on an agility course. (© Tony’s Takes)

Snow bounding hound

My wife and daughter feel our other dog, Ellie, deserves equal time since I posted a picture of Scout yesterday. So here she is, bounding through the fresh snow yesterday.

As a boxer / beagle mix, she doesn’t have much fur and is far less than enthused about the cold. Her smaller stature as well requires that she bound up and down through the heavier snows like yesterday.

For those interested, Ellie is named after Denver Broncos great, John Elway. Scout is named after a character in my wife’s favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird.

This hound seems to be enjoying bounding through the recent snow in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

This hound seems to be enjoying bounding through the recent snow in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

There’s no stopping this snow dog

Six plus inches of snow and a temperature of 12° is nothing to Scout. My buddy simply loves Frisbee no matter the weather conditions so I had to get out there for a bit and play with him this afternoon. I do wish he understood that I don’t have as much fur to keep me warm as he does! 😉

Scout, a red Border Collie, runs through the snow while carrying a Frisbee.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Scout, a red Border Collie, runs through the snow while carrying a Frisbee. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

National Dog Day: Scout plays Frisbee

It’s National Dog Day and as we do every day, Scout and I spent some quality time playing Frisbee this afternoon. Here he is launching himself after a disc. His ability to leap and catch in mid-air is amazing. A Border Collie, Scout is coming up on three years old in November and is my best bud.

Scout, a Border Collie, launches himself after a Frisbee. (© Tony’s Takes)

Scout, a Border Collie, launches himself after a Frisbee. (© Tony’s Takes)

Frisbee catching dog takes advantage of the mild weather

Spring fever has begun to settle in with warming temperatures as we get closer to the change of seasons.  An unseasonably warm day meant Scout, my border collie, was more than ready to play outside (not that the cold and snow stop him anyway).

I love taking pictures of him playing because he is so full of energy and provides a great subject.  It also makes for good practice in capturing such a fast moving target.

With this image I was able to freeze him mid-jump just as he latched down on the Frisbee.

Mild weather meant it was Frisbee time for Scout. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mild weather meant it was Frisbee time for Scout. (© Tony’s Takes)

I can fly!

We created a backyard agility course for our dogs as a way to exercise them and play with them.  Our other dog, a border collie, is the type of dog most people associated with the activity but really, as we see here, any dog can do it.  Ellie is what we call our ‘junkyard dog’ as she was rescued from the streets of an industrial area in Denver.  She may be a bit small but she can handle the obstacles just like any other.

October 25, 2013 - I can fly! © Tony’s Takes

October 25, 2013 – I can fly! © Tony’s Takes

Cold and snow don’t stop a Frisbee dog

One of my dogs, Scout, is a border collie and being true to his breed, he can be a bit obsessive.  This particularly applies to playing ball or Frisbee.  This late winter storm brought a healthy shot of snow but Scout could care less – he just wanted to play.

March 9, 2013 - Cold and snow don't stop a Frisbee dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

March 9, 2013 – Cold and snow don’t stop a Frisbee dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

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