Must Love Dogs: Barbados Kennel Club 2017 Dog Show

If it is one thing my friends and acquaintances know about me, it's my love for and fascination with animals. This is especially true with dogs. I've loved dogs since I was little. I love their wet noses and their goofy antics. I love their loyal, loving natures and how their behaviour is sometimes almost human. They make some of the most compelling subjects in my view, especially when paired with their favourite humans. So when my photography club had the recent opportunity to attend the Barbados Kennel Club's 2017 Dog Show, I jumped at the chance to tag along and get some practice. With so many dogs and so little time, it was definitely a fun day shooting and catching up with friends. I also got a few new images for my Pets and Animals portfolio to be updated later. 

Special thanks to the Barbados Kennel Club for graciously accommodating our group. See you next year!

So if you love dogs as much as I do, check out the pictures below. Until next time...

Camera and equipment details:
Camera: Nikon D7200
Lens: Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 AF-S ED VR II
Lighting: Natural Light

Life In Leggings' Women's Solidarity March

2017 seems to have started as a year of activism. This is not only true in my home country but all over the world. There have been marches for political reasons, environmental causes, civil rights issues, etc. The list goes on and on. In the spirit of International Women's Month, I thought that I should share a relevant and worthwhile cause. 

The Life in Leggings movement began with a simple hastag, #lifeinleggings. This humble phrase soon went viral as women used it to speak out in solidarity against misogyny, harassment and gender based violence. Along the way, this social movement morphed into “Life In Leggings: Caribbean Alliance Against Gender Based Violence”, a registered charity in Barbados tackling the rape culture and gender-based violence in the Caribbean region. Please check them out on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officiallifeinleggings/ 
Instagram: @officiallifeinleggings

On March 11, women and men in Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominica, The Bahamas, Guyana and Jamaica hit the streets in the Reclaim Our Streets: Women's Solidarity March. I was happy to be there to support the cause. Enjoy the slideshow below.

Let's keep this momentum going.

 

 

And one more bonus "triptych" image....not even a passing shower could stop this cause or the photographers out shooting that day....

Until next time...

Welcome to my website and welcome to my world!

Welcome and I'm happy to make your acquaintance. When I first started photography, I was pursuing a Masters Degree at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since it was some rather analytical stuff , I decided that I needed an outlet to relax. TV? I didn't have one available and the license fee wasn't worth it. But I happened to be living in one of the most picturesque cities in Europe and I spent my free time outdoors with my friends so why not get out and take some photos? This was a great plan until the unthinkable happened. My old point and shoot camera decided to "cease and desist" (rest in peace, old chum). A dear friend suggested getting a DSLR, rather than another "point and shoot". And she even made the trip into town on a weekend with me to have a look at our choices. It turned out to be a rather wise decision since that camera traveled with me to many other cities across the UK and Europe before returning home to Barbados.

Restarting your life is always turbulent. There will be hits and misses along the way. Once again, I decided to use photography to occupy my free time and to keep active. When I initially bought my DSLR, I had been using the AUTO mode which was fine. But I became intrigued by the other settings on the dial. What did Aperture mean? Shutter speed, I can guess at. What's an f-stop? And ISO what??? It was time to demystify that fancy black box in my handsI joined Flickr and then enrolled in a few short photography courses to learn the fundamentals of photography and photo editing. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn and I continue to feel that way today. Still striving and still learning...

I'll leave you with a few happy memories from that first trip out with my very first DSLR, SOOC. 

 

Until next time...