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Behind the Lens

An Andalucian Spring


Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog. That’s the ethos David Waterman lives by. His converted mill here in the hills of Axarquia north of Malaga is slowly becoming Andalucia’s premier doggy hotel. He has two dogs (I think!) of his own, (plus cats) but various others have twigged on to the cushy life available at Los Molinos and have taken up more or less permanent residence as well. Thus, as we set off for our afternoon perambulation through the olive groves surrounding Periana, we’re accompanied by a complete canine menagerie.

The evening sun is dipping as I’m setting up a shot utilising the olive trees as foreground interest with an appealing white-walled cortijo (farm house) beyond. This time of year all is fresh and verdant in Andalucia, I think this shot may work well. But what will give it added resonance is some human, and animal, interest.  Step forward David and His Dogs. As a veteran photographer he knows instinctively what I’m thinking and duly walks toward the camera with dogs in tow. With a polariser fitted and an aperture of f/16 required for the depth of field, raising the ISO to 400 is the way to go. Even so a touch of motion blur is evident with the shutter speed of 1/10th sec. Maybe I should have gone higher, but I think the result is a pleasing image of David in his environment.

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