Little Golden Moment
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I was able to get out of the house today to run some errands and get over to my sister's house to let their little puppy Zelda out. My sister was at a work seminar all day, and my brother-in-law and the kids were down visiting family in Ames.
This was actually the second time I brought Zelda out shortly before heading back home. As Zelda was sniffing around the backyard, which turns into a city park, I noticed how the later afternoon sun had broken through and was brilliantly illuminating the park and especially this first tree from just beyond the property line. I quickly ran back into the house to grab the camera. I had purposely brought my old d200 with a 20mm lens on to practice shooting at 30mm (obviously because it's a 1.5 crop sensor). I snap the first couple of just the tree and park in the background, then turned it on Zelda.
Because she's so quick and curious, it's a bit of a challenge to get her to pose still and get down to frame up a shot because she's a tiny little thing and I'm comparatively a huge thing. Since me letting her leash go isn't a great decision, I essentially held the leash with my left hand and blindly reached down, AF focused, framed and fired away!
Here I was able to catch her before she pounced at the camera (which because of the narrow DOF, and already close focus, were completely out of focus).