A Mastiff Called Grant (Westminster Kennel Club Show, NYC)


I attend the Westminster Kennel Club Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City every year and take a lot of photos which I post on this blog. It's a little off-topic but I really enjoy the experience and want to share it.

A little background on the WKC photos you see on this site:

The environment behind the scenes and on the floor of the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden is close to chaotic. There are thousands of people and hundreds of dogs everywhere, walking into and around one another for over 12 hours on both days. It can be very hot and uncomfortable at times and people are often grouchy and miserable! But one of the many reasons I enjoy the show is that it offers an incredibly challenging environment to take photos.

Because my empathy rests with the dogs, I capture the show from the dog's point of view, which means a lot of bending, twisting, turning and sitting on the floor in the middle of all the mayhem. I've been kicked and pushed over and yelled at plenty of times for being in the way of handlers and spectators, and by security guards who don't want me sitting on the floor next to the ring.

None of the dogs have ever yelled at me, though. :)

The images from this series are all JPEG files straight from my camera, with very minimal processing and no cropping. All were shot with ambient light. My goal is to be "photojournalistic" -- to tell the viewer a story about how the dogs might be thinking or feeling, using the composition to capture the rich details in the background and hopefully a connection to the humans' emotions as well.

If I ever decide to make books of my photos, one of them will be about my years at the WKC shows.

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 3200, f/3.2, 1/60s. Basic curves adjustment, color balancing.

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