Fun in the Backyard!

It finally seems like summer here.  It was in the middle to upper 90’s today, and will get warmer each day for the next few days.  After a good bike ride this morning, and getting some chores out of the way, I felt like taking some pictures!

Since it was so hot out, and our little dogs (Cairn Terriers – Mulligan and Sullivan) love to play in the hose water and sprinklers, I thought I’d take the camera out and see what I could do.  My wife would handle the hose and sprinkler duties, and I would man the camera.

I got my trusty Canon 60D out and put the 70-200 F4 L lens on it.  Light was not going to be problem today and F4 was plenty fast enough.  I wanted to stop the action today, so in addition to setting the camera on AI Servo focus (continuous auto focus),  I also set the ISO to 400 and opted to keep the photo format to jpg because I would be holding the shutter down and at 5.5 frames per second, the buffer would fill up fast.  This combination allowed very fast action stopping shutter speeds!

All in all it was a fun time in our backyard today!  Mulligan and Sullivan had a lot of fun, got in a little exercise, and beat the heat for a while. Here are some photos from this afternoon:

So you may be asking, what’s so special about these photos?  In short, nothing.  At least not to anyone but friends and family.  But the point of this post is for you to get out there and make the best of any situation (a hot, lazy day in this case) and make some memories.

We had a lot of fun today, and I want to be able to look back on this day using these photos and remember that!  Go ahead and substitute dogs for kids or grandkids or whatever.  Your camera doesn’t matter, making the memories is the most important thing, so get off your butt and get busy!

Until next time – Happy Shooting!