Cherokee Rose Cluster Lawrenceville Kennel Club


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Okay people, this was it, the day that I’d been waiting on for weeks!!! AKC Conformation Show day!!! This was why I bought a fancy camera, have been going to 8:00am camera classes for the past 6 Saturdays, and why I had been marking the days off on my calendar. My personal dream is to be a professional photographer for ring/action shots at AKC Dog Shows, specifically to photograph pugs. That day is still a ways away, but I really felt like today was the first day in a step in the right direction. Today’s event was the Cherokee Rose Cluster sponsored by the Lawrenceville Kennel Club. I arrived super early, partly because I did not want to chance traffic and partly because my nerves were raw from being so excited. I am sure that I looked like a jumping bean to other people. The pugs started going through the different classes of judging. I did not really feel that I had a great spot around the ring, but I am sure that is just something that I’ll have to overcome. I snapped over 400 pictures throughout the morning. I walked away feeling pretty good about my first conformation show with my new Canon. The reality of my skills came when I got home and pulled them up on the computer. It is a lot harder to get great shots that it looks!!! Part of it is lighting-or lack of lighting. Part of it was noise from the zoom lens-which equates to camera shake and a picture that does not have sharp edges. Part of it was knowing what shots to get-I am trying to learn as much as I can about the show side so that I can anticipate the shot. And finally, part of it will just be practice, practice, practice. I really debated whether or not to put up all of the photos or just the ones that were the better photographs. In the end, I decided that no one wants to go through all of the photos so I picked the pictures that had the best composition and lighting.

Beyond the camera, I just love pugs so much and it was such a joy to see the adorable pug faces!!! I never get tired of seeing beautiful (and handsome) pugs! Another great thing about going to the shows is meeting the people who are so dedicated to the betterment of the breed.

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