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    The latest addition to the MacKenzie family

    This is Garry. I suspect that over the next months and years, you'll be seeing many, many more images of this little chap.

    As some of you may have read in the very few other posts I've made recently, I've had a pretty hectic 4 weeks (Christmas & New Year were cancelled!) due to my father's sudden illness and hospitalisation. Thankfully he's now out of hospital, with a home care package in place. But one of the things he felt, again much to my relief, was that he could no longer look after his three year old collie dog.

    So guess where Garry's new home is? Yes, that's right!

    Garry is having to unlearn all the wrong behaviours he picked up because my dad didn't really train him and Garry became pack leader in the house. But he's a very fast learner and has the most gorgeous, placid nature. So, it's training sessions 4 times per day and off to the training class once per week. Life has suddenly changed quite significantly! The additional exercise is actually quite good for me too. Hopefully in a few months time he'll be able to accompany me on shoots in the countryside.

    All helpful hints and tips on effective pet portraiture and action shots welcomed.

    The latest addition to the MacKenzie family
    40D, 24-70 f2.8 L @ 30mm. ISO400. 1/45@f2.8.
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    Re: The latest addition to the MacKenzie family

    i love the photo, but not all of him is in focus, to me the only part that is sharp is in between his eyes, but i could be mistaken

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    Gland to hear things are better with you and your family, Donald. I understand how hectic it can be to care for a parent.

    Garry sure is a cute pup. Thanks for the introduction.

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    It's good hearing things are settling down a bit for you Donald. My best to your family and your Father.

    I'm going to be looking forward to your foray into pet photography. You sure do have a handsome subject to model for you!

    Since it's unlikely I can give you any useful advice on any kind of photography, I'll just say I have two words for you and Mr. Garry:

    "Cheese Whiz"!

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    Congratulations on your new addition. He's gorgeous. Lovely shot. Glad to hear your father is on the mend.

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    A beautiful portrait of an intelligent collie. "The eyes have it!" DoF is a matter of taste and is bound to be shallow at f/2.8 in close up. Happy walking!

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    Donald, glad to hear your father is doing better. What a great looking companion, oh what fun you two will have. I look forward to your photos to come.

    Cheers

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    Garry is a very handsome fellow! I love the lights in his eyes. I understand that he is a border collie and I assume that means he will likely keep you very busy.

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    Are the rest of the family as appealing looking? It looks like a border collie and they need heaps of exercise - no time for photography or can you take photos on the run - see you are sticking to B&W

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    Re: The latest addition to the MacKenzie family

    Quote Originally Posted by pnodrog View Post
    Are the rest of the family as appealing looking?
    Definitely, although it has to be said I am probably the best looking!

    Thanks for your comments folks. It's nice to be getting back to normal and enjoying being part of the forum.

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    Re: The latest addition to the MacKenzie family

    Good to have you back. You have been missed!

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    Good looking pup, Donald. As said above....welcome back and I am happy to hear everyone is healing up. Good to have ya back.

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    Happy to have you back, Donald, and a very handsome pup. I am certain that he will have you trained in no time

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    Good to see you back in the saddle, Donald. Hope things get better for your father. I expect to see lots more landscapes though now with Garry included for a bit of additional perspective.

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    Glad your family life is settling back to normal. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of Gary.

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    Its good to see you back Donald, you have been missed:> I'm glad to hear your Dad is doing better, and things are getting back to normal for you.... Your addition is such a beautiful pup his eyes are stunning... I'm sure you will have lots of fun with him.. Just remember with the working dog breeds or most for that matter.. "A tired dog is a good dog":> For photographing, teach him the look command, and lots of bribes, I mean treats:> Have fun with him.

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