While staying with a friend in Columbus over the weekend, I pulled out my big hulkin’ DSLR with a 24-70mm lens on it and added a big hulkin’ speedlite along with an even bigger hulkin’ softbox made for speedlites.
There were 2 dogs and 1 granddog in the house when I got this piece of equipment out. No one would have guessed that from the looks of the place. All the dogs disappeared as soon as my camera came into view.
This was definitely a sign that my flash and modifier were an especially intimidating combination. Although Bonnie has always been terrified of cameras (or any similar looking soul-sucking device), Paris and Elliott are normally posers.
I got down on all fours to better discover the hiding places of my four-legged friends. I found Bonnie hiding behind the fireplace–she paused just long enough for me to get one shot and then she scurried off to some hiding place far more effective, not to be seen again until long after my camera had been put away.
Elliott was frozen under the coffee table, convinced he had become invisible until the flash fired the first time. Paris, one who normally lounges in the open and gazes wistfully at the camera as if to say, “Oh yes, another paparazzi lurking about waiting to take my picture,” was stuffed under the side table, behind the cords for the various electronics in the vicinity. Far from looking ready to pose, she looked nearly as terrified as Bonnie normally looks.
I got only one shot each of the dogs before they disappeared until little Elliott, fooled by the camera being placed on the coffee table for a while, decided it was time to reclaim his favorite spot on the sofa. He curled his tiny body into a tight ball on the top edge of the sofa pillows. As soon as I grabbed my camera, he hunkered down, attempting to hide himself behind the pillow fringe.
All I can say is he must have been really comfortable on that pillow not to jump up and run for cover.