This week I took a subject (“sadness”) that I wasn’t really looking forward to photographing and turned it into a jumping off point for a series of photos. I ended up having fun with the assignment, and now have documented one of those small, routine-type of moments in my life.
I’m referring to bath time. For my bulldog.
Bath evenings usually start out fun enough – this particular one we were on the floor playing ball. But then I said Can I ask you something?
He seemed intrigued. Until the dreaded question came. Do you want to get a bath?
His honest-to-goodness reaction to the question. There’s my sadness!
Bless his little heart, he begrudgingly obliged and slinked upstairs to meet us in the bathroom.
Just get it over with, his look conveyed the entire time.
After a good shampoo and rinse, the challenge then is to lift him out of the tub and simultaneously wrap a towel around him, before “the shake”. This particular night I was successful.
This is the point the sadness turned into joy and invigoration. We opened the bathroom door and he couldn’t escape fast enough – freedom!
The next move is always a belly-flop onto his futon to further dry off … and maybe make more laundry for me. This night was no exception.
Maybe his celebration has nothing to do with trying to dry off, but more so with that look in his eyes. Invigorated. Elated. Relieved. He survived another awful bath!
While shooting all of these photos, I wanted to be mindful of my shutter speed (moving subject) but also allow enough light in (indoors, evening time). So I shot in Manual mode entirely. This was the first time I didn’t tiptoe back to Aperture or Shutter priority. Once I learned to pay attention to the light meter on my viewfinder, I started getting the hang of adjusting the settings quickly on the fly.
Which is a good thing. Because how else do you capture a thrashing, belly-flopping bulldog late in the evening?