Dog Day at Cople

This is open to both dog owning and non-dog owning club members.

We have booked a local, private, 2-acre field which has been designed and equipped with doggy obstacles for them to run on, jump over and look cute in. We should get some memorable dog pictures. The field is considered secure with a 5 foot fence, hedgerows and a 4 foot high gate.

This will give members the opportunity to practice tracking, continuous focus, appropriate shutter speed, long exposure etc. particularly for animals on the move.

If you are not sure about how best to do this other members will help you.

Dog owning members: do you have a friendly, happy dog who would enjoy the run of this field?

Non-dog owning members are also very welcome to come and take photos of your colleagues’ dogs.

The field is in a quiet lane in Cople (3 miles east of Bedford.)

The hire cost will be shared with all attendees. The likely shared cost will most likely be around £3 per member but due to the way the field hire is priced (a mix of dogs and people) the maximum cannot exceed £7 (as numbers stand as of 18/05 the cost will be £2, this may increase a little if we get some more dogs.)

We have booked a 1 hour slot at 7pm for this session, sunset is 9.15pm

Obviously there are the expected conditions, e.g. every one must pre-sign a comprehensive acceptance form, your dog is your responsibility, you need to check the fence is secure enough for your dog, your dog may spot other dogs and horses passing by on the nearby public bridleway, etc.

The field will be freshly mowed (if we require it) before the event.

We can cancel up to 24 hours before the booking if the weather looks doubtful.

If anyone wishes to continue afterwards there is Cople wood opposite for further pictures…

Numbers are limited, for both dogs and non-dog photographers. You need to sign up ASAP as first come, first served.

Annabelle, who runs the field, would love you to share some of your pictures.

If you are interested please let me know. Will you bring a dog or come as a non-dog photographer?

This event is restricted to BCC members and close relatives only.

Ian Whiting