Homer

A couple of months ago Stacey and I decided we’d do a photo shoot of her parents’ old dog. He’s really starting to show his age now, and the depressing thing is that it’s only going to be a matter of time until the old guy isn’t with us anymore. Anyway, at the time I wasn’t 100% happy with any of the shots I got, so I didn’t bother processing them or anything, but since I’ve been home from work sick for two days, and literally couldn’t do much except sit at the computer (even lying down sucked), I decided to have a go at processing them.

Turns out some of them weren’t too bad.

Anyway, this is Homer, Stacey’s parents’ 14 year old English Pointer.

Yeah, so I picked the shot with his most goofy face to post first, but if you knew him you'd get that.

Yeah, so I picked the shot with his most goofy face to post first, but if you knew him you’d get that.

Although this one's pretty close as well. For the record he's chewing on a chew strap, because that was pretty much the only way we could get him to stay still.

Although this one’s pretty close as well. For the record he’s chewing on a chew strap, because that was pretty much the only way we could get him to stay (sorta) still.

Homer here is a very lucky old dog. Well lucky since Stacey’s family got him anyway. They got him from the RSPCA when he was 18 months old, and for the first year and a bit of his life, he’d suffered some pretty horrible abuse at the hands of his previous owners. He was horribly underweight, very highly strung and would freak out at things as simple as a basketball bouncing. It also turns out that the poor dog had a type of epilepsy. Even to this day he’s still not particularly comfortable with unfamiliar men, but other than that, he’s made an incredible recovery. To have suffered so much in his first year, then to go on to reach the age he is now never ceases to amaze me. Especially for such a large dog.

Anyway, I took a lot of photos of the old dog, so now that (finally) my theme’s been updated to support the WordPress galleries, here’s a gallery. Click on any on of the pics to open it in a lightbox slideshow thingy.

All shots on my 60D, with either 24-105 1:4L or Helios 44M-4.

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

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