Shooting Sports

Since publishing Pointing Dogs Volume One in 2011, I have to admit that I've been a bit lazy about photographing my dogs in action. For the last couple of years, I've tended to reach more for my gun to shoot birds for diner than for my cameras to 'shoot' dogs for books and articles.

But this year, I decided to get back to capturing the action with my cameras. And I've added a bit of a twist; I've vowed to shoot even more video than still images. So watch out! I'm now armed with a new Sony camcorder and the latest version of iMovie and I intent to post a video every week or two throughout the season.

Here's my latest piece. It's features my dog Henri (Silvershot's Pocket Rocket) hunting sharptails and snipe on a friend's ranch a couple of hours north of the city. As you will see, my shooting --with camera or gun -- sucks. But we had a great time despite my lack of skill. 


  1. Great Video! You have a really fine dog.
    You should buy a GoPro HD to put on your head so you have good footage when actually shooting the birds. Afterwards you can splice together the video shooting the birds from your GoPro with the footage from your Sony Camcorder. Then you will have perfect footage from all different all angles.

  2. Hey Craig,

    I loved your first book and certainly hope you haven't put the second book on the back burner as I for one would love to buy it when it comes out! Great videos none the less and awesome pointing.
    Wondering if you could tell me what lenses you used mostly for the photos in the book? I'm guessing longer lenses, but just wondering. Thanks

  3. Thanks for the kind words! Since volume one took so long to prepare (over 12 years!) I used a variety of different cameras and lenses, digital and film, to take all the photos.

    For the most part though, I used Canon DSLRs (5D, 7D) and "L" series lenses like the 24-105 and 70-200. My favourite 'go-to' set up is currently the Canon 5D MK2 with the 70-200 f4 lens. That lens is lighter than the 2.8 version and way easier to travel with and carry around the field.