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That'll Do Photography

Welcome to That'll Do Photography, I'm Bret Cody and this is my passion. You can find the major categories of my work across the top of every page of this site. Select a major category and you will be taken to a page with a slideshow of some of my work within that category, links on the side of that page will take you to specific albums. Selecting an image within an album will give you a larger image and options to purchase images. I hope you enjoy my site and my work.

 

My story:  Back in 2001 Suzy (my GF) wanted us to discover a hobby we could share.  Birding and photography were our initial choices.  As beginning birders our bird ID was problematic and the photography helped us figure out at home what we'd seen in the field.  I still have trouble with the LBB (Little Brown Buggers), she's been much more diligent about learning them than I have.  My first (real) camera was a Sony 707, and she picked up a Canon AE1.  My Sony helped me understand about the compromises between Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO because of the instant feedback.  The Canon tought Suzy about making each shot count. She eventually moved to a Canon 10D.  When she moved to the 20D I inherited the 10D.  She moved to the Canon 40D about the same time I moved to the Canon 7D.  She is now shooting a Canon 50D with the 40D as a second body, I have recently purchased the 7DII and have my original 7D as a second body.  If anyone wants my opinion, the 7DII is a wonderful camera.  I picked it because of the crop sensor - Since most of my photography is using long lenses (400mm and 600mm) I wanted all my pixels in the center. 

 

How did I get involved with watching Sheepdogs?  Somewhere around 1998 I heard about an event called "The Trailing of the Sheep" in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Haley ID.  (www.trailingofthesheep.org/) I'd never heard of running 1500 sheep down a town's main street and thought it would be fun to watch.  When I got there I saw on the list of events something called a sheepdog trial, and I didn't know what that was, so I went to watch.  While I was there I got to see some drama on the field.  An old ewe had run the length of the field and was now tired.  The border collie that was in charge of moving her around the field had tried every trick in his bag of tricks and was frustrated.  Everyone around the field could sense the dogs frustration.  Finally out of tricks and out of frustration, the dog gripped.  He bit the wool on her chest (no skin - he knew he was supposed to be taking care of the ewe) and swung back and forth. The dog was instantly disqualified (he knew that would happen) but he was out of options.  Everyone around the field felt so sorry for the dog.  That little piece of drama convinced me that watching intelligent dogs do a task that they don't completely understand can be interesting.  Trying to get good photographs of dogs herding sheep just adds an element of challenge for me.  It's harder than it looks to get a dogs face (in focus) peeking out from behind a group of sheep. 

 

This is still a very new website.  I'm trying to fill it as quickly as possible.  Please be patient.