When Scotch was only a few months old, he met a beautiful, German Shorthaired Pointer puppy owned by a relative of my girlfriend at the time. He commissioned an artist to paint his G.S.P. into a large hunting scene oil painting and I was mesmerized by it. The cost of that project always prevented me from doing the same for Scotch but as my photography evolved, I focused on my love for the masters of the Baroque period --in particular Caravaggio--to figure out how to create detailed portraits with very deliberate, exaggerated shadows and concentrated light. Rather that generate a lot of ambient light to allow for quicker shutter speeds, I remove ALL light and then slowly add it back as needed using neutral colored flashlights. Relaxed animals make the best subjects especially if they don't have many issues with a camera low to the ground in front of them but all animals seem to respond well with a calm, patient approach. Using limited lighting also lets me push the aperture as high as I can get and this allows me to very specifically spot focus on the important areas like the nose, eyes, paws or any other prominent feature. Most of my portraits of Scotch at least draw from several manually focused images that are painstakingly combined in post to create the very detailed, dark photos you see. These generally take a tremendous amount of time from start to finish but the results make the process worth the effort.