The Plymouth Digital Photographers Club recently celebrated their 7th anniversary with a beach party on a perfect early summer evening at Plymouth's Long Beach. The attendees, almost all of them photographers, were not there just to party, they were ready to make some beautiful images.
What could be a better start than trying to capture the dog and frisbee catch.
Above, Louise provides direction to her dog, Wiley, "Okay Wiley, I'm gonna' throw this frisbee and you need to run and catch it in such a way that your whole body is off the ground, arcing majestically towards the catch, your mouth wide open, the golden light of the setting sun perfectly illuminating your head and body. Okay?"
Wiley wags in understanding and off he goes. Of course, unbeknownst to others, Wiley was secretly communicating telepathically to me throughout this event.
With some evident frustration, Wiley said, "I can catch it every time if these humans could just throw it in the right place. I really don't enjoy getting a mouthful of sand from bad throws."
"This one should be pretty good if the humans can get their cameras set-up in time. They're always fiddling with the buttons and dials and miss half the good stuff. Otherwise, I am starting to get a bit tired and hot from all this running and jumping."
"I think I'll take a breather and a quick dip in the ocean. You try runnin' and jumpin' on this rocky beach in a fur coat and see if you don't also want to lay down in the cool ocean water."
"Okay, I'm cooled off now - I'll give you people one more chance to get it right - now pay attention - it happens fast - ready - let's do it."
"Okay, you got it - now leave me alone to rest up. You go off and take pictures of the kids." And with that, Wiley returned to normal dog status and severed his communication link with me. Thanks, Wiley, it was fun.
One of the members brought his grandkids along to serve as mostly willing models. They are still young enough and willing to let a bunch of paparazzi point cameras at them as they play - not to mention dressing all the same.
Nothing like the golden light of sunset.
It wasn't just dog and kids doing all the jumping as these folks "of a certain age" demonstrate. Yep, a fun time was had by all!