Amber – Three and a half year old Hungarian Vizsla asleep in a hammock
Hungarian Vizsla’s are known for their energetic nature and Amber certainly was no different. But everyone needs their sleep, as does every dog! Amber thought the hammock Rachael had rigged up for her was super comfy and she was quite happy to dose off to sleep. Rachael chose to capture this image of Amber sleeping to show a different side to a Vizsla; most people only ever see this breed racing around chasing balls or tearing along the beach after seagulls, their long limbs going nineteen to the dozen, but they can look just as regal and slightly less energetic, deep in slumber. When Rachael rigs up hammocks to use as props, it is vital that they are very securely fixed so they hold the weight of the animal. To set this hammock up Rachael tied the left side of the fabric in a knot and threaded a strong rope through and tied it to the door handle of the glass sliding doors, she then did the same to the right-hand side of the fabric and secured it to a Billiard Table that was in the room where she was photographing. Using stands, Rachael placed a paper background behind the hammock and rolled it down onto the floor, this created a seamless ‘sky’ background.
Amber appeared in Rachael’s first book 101 Salivations: For the Love of Dogs and again in Rachael’s book It’s a Zoo Out There
Amber was Photographed by Rachael using her 4x5 inch Toyo View Camera with 160 Portra Film using Natural Light.
* This image is from Rachael’s earlier work, which were all photographed using a Large Format 4x5 inch Film Camera, and occasionally an 8x10 inch Polaroid Camera. Rachael used a very shallow depth of field when photographing with film cameras, this gives these images a softer more painterly quality when printed, the prints still look stunning in all sizes and make magnificent Art pieces, they just don’t appear quite as crisp as an image created on a digital camera.
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