Oscar Dean Photography | Photo of the Week #25 - Only the Nose Knows

Photo of the Week #25 - Only the Nose Knows

June 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.



As I headed outside to refill the bird feeder in the yard, I told my dog Lizzie to "stay" on the porch.  After a couple of minutes I looked back and saw that she had her nose poking through the wooden lattice work furiously sniffing the air.  I found it very cute but very comical as well and of course I had to get a picture of this but my camera was in the house.  After taking care of my "avian" friends, I went back inside and when I returned to the porch, Lizzie was now in the SIT position looking up at me with her tongue hanging out probably hoping for a game of fetch.  Now my challenge was to get her to repeat her sniffing action from before and it may not be very easy to replicate.

I decided to try to lure her with a dog treat.  With Lizzie still on the porch, I went to the other side and held a treat a short distance from one of the holes just out of her reach and called her to get her attention.  She poked her nose through and began vigorously sniffing the delicious aroma of the treat.  I told her to "STAY" and after a few seconds, I praised her and gave her the treat to eat.  I tried it again and after telling her to "STAY," I quickly captured this photo.  Hooray, success!  And as an extra reward, I called her down into the yard and we enjoyed a nice game of fetch!



Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/1250 sec at f2.8, ISO 400
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 200mm


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