Puppy Spam and a Nifty Fifty

Getting to be a bit on the spamtastic side now with the puppies. I’m not talking about mulching their hairless corpses up to make bland, greasy meat but the amount of photographs I’ve ended up taking of them. The Lord only knows what I’ll be snapping when they’ve all gone to their new homes (aside from miserable children and a sulking wife).
I could pretend that this was a re-kindling of the love I had for the nifty fifty (that’d be the canon 50mm 1.8mm Lens for you non-toggers) which has been neglected like a 10 year marriage since I bought the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 some 18 months ago, but I wont. I will say though that as the cheapest prime in Canon’s arsenal of lenses this little beauty is by far the most useful I own. You could (if you desired) use it for landscapes. Street photography suits it well. On the 30D crop sensor decent portraits are possible. All Pin sharp (if you focus properly !) with f1.8 Depth of Field loveliness if you’re one of those arty types. It’s also a good one to use with extension tubes for some in your face macro shots if you have the inclination. A great, cheap all rounder.

Me, I just lay on the floor with it and take photos of energetic puppies like these, but having re-discovered this lens I’ll try harder not to neglect it any more

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

Fuck off and leave me alone……

In keeping with the animal theme, Daisy, the long suffering Shih Tzu is now feeling every day of her pregnancy. Not only is she fatter than a Mars Bar Munching salad dodger, she’s a bit miserable with it.


Only a few more days to go and there’ll be plenty more to keep her occupied than a Camera in the face.

The Facebook Stare


This month has been a bit of a non-starter photographically speaking. Aside from the fun I had testing the extension tubes it’s been work work work. One of the good things to come out of the extension tube experiments was the rediscovery of the Nifty Fifty which hasn’t had much use at all (I even thought about selling it!),
This was one of a random set I took (most of them were of the dogs) which I quite liked.
The lighting for this one was a veritable mixture, with natural daylight from the right and above, a laptop screen in front of my long suffering model and bounced flash with a diffuser from the 430EX in manual on it’s lowest setting. Aperture was set at f2.5 (@ f1.8 the DOF was a little too shallow), with a shutter speed of 1/25.

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul…

If that’s true, then my windows need cleaning or I have no soul. This was another one of those, what shall I do now moments. So I attached the nifty fifty to the 30D, stuck in 24mm of extension tubes and wobbled back and forth in front of the lens with the camera remote in hand. Out of 10 or so shots, this one was the only one nearly in focus.

eye macro -  by Dave Frost - Portraiture for the Shy
eye macro photo by dave frost

I guess I’ll be getting bored with the macro shots shortly so will have some “proper” photos up here again before the end of the month !!