Dog Swimming

Dog Swimming

I (Susan) often rely on my equipment to get The Shot. Equipment and of course a million photos. Technique? Skill? HA! Catching a picture of a dog swimming? It’s about planning, people! When we took Lucille, our black Labrador, to the Randolph County SPCA Dog Pool Party at the Tot Hill Farm pool in Asheboro, NC I knew I would not be able to recreate shots – it was already chaos with dozens of dogs swimming in the pool and running on the deck, but I had certain shots in mind that I wanted to capture. Underwater swimming was high on my list.

Labs have unique anatomy that makes them natural swimmers – their feet are webbed to help paddle stronger and their oily coat makes them more buoyant and keeps them warmer in cold water. I had seen this in our other dogs swimming at other pool parties, but did not have the equipment to get an underwater shot. Until this day. Now we have a DiCaPac Waterproof Case for our Canon PowerShot point and shoot camera that lets us take pictures in and/or under the water. We were skeptical at first as to how well this case would work, and how waterproof it would actually be. After using it for a couple of years now, it has never leaked even slightly, and we always end up with fun and interesting shots while using it. So it was time to get uncomfortable, people. The water was about 75 degrees and the air not much warmer. It wasn’t so bad when I was thigh deep, but that did not get the shot I wanted. So I had to duck down into the water to be on Lucille’s level. A dog swimming is a happy dog, at least when it is a lab, and a girl getting the picture she wanted is a happy girl, even if she is cold.

Dog Swimming Information

  • Taken By: Susan
  • Date Taken: 2-SEP-2015
  • Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
  • Lens: N/A
  • Exposure: 1/500 sec at F/8
  • Focal Length: 6.2 mm
  • ISO: 80
  • Flash: Did not fire
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