Many people love to do different things. We have different types of hobbies based on our preferences. There are so many people who love photography and they also are interested in different areas of photography. Christian Vieler is a photographer who is interested in dog’s photography and recently, he presented a wonderful collection of pictures that show dogs trying to snaffle treats out of mid-air. The captured moments are just as brilliant as they feature various emotions of dogs in their moments of ecstasy.
Vieler has been documenting dogs since 2013 and has even a compiled a book called Treat! Vieler’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are really famous among many fans because of his wonderful photographs. Speaking to us he said,
“I started doing the treat shots by accident and chance. I had never seen anything like it before, but I didn’t plan on doing that kind of photography either! Back in 2013, I got myself a flash with a big battery pack for outdoor use. The day my new toy arrived was a rainy one, so I started discovering all flash options in my living room – especially the capability of freezing motion. I wanted to use my own dog Lotte for my test shoots.”
“The problem was: She was (and fortunately still is) a very chilled labrador and didn’t move in front of me. So what gets a lab moving better than a treat?! I started throwing and hit my camera button at the same time … just to find out the right settings for a “motion freezing setup.” Days later – when I cleaned my hard drives – I recognized how funny some results turned out. That was the birth of “Dogs Catching Treats.”
“Now, I work with dogs every day. Photographing them is just half of the work. To get good results, understanding and interacting with them is a very important part of my job. So I can say that this whole “Treat“ project hasn’t only brought me closer to dogs – dogs are my 24/7 life now!”
“I’ve worked as a professional dog photographer since 2016, so I am in a really lucky position. The cutest models find me because clients make their appointments. But I search for special breeds or kind of dogs, when I have new topics and ideas in mind, for example, the variation ‘Puppies catching treats.’”
“Most of the dogs enjoy their photoshoots, that’s for sure. I use many treats – the really yummy ones because my challenge is to become the best friend of the dog for a short time. Most of the dogs are really excited about the fact that someone gave them treats several times in a row and they didn’t have to do anything for it! And – to see it from another perspective: If a dog feels really uncomfortable, he denies all food. You can see the malaise in every part of his body and behavior. So nearly every dog enjoys the shooting for sure.”
“There are a few, who are easily scared by all foreign things (like rooms, persons, even the floor). Those dogs are hard to shoot. That’s the point where you really have to work hard for a single photo. But I never ever force a dog in a situation, he doesn’t like. The reasons: First I would not stand it myself, and besides, there would never be a good picture for the reasons above.”
“All breeds are good for the job in general. I often need a perfect grab for a photo – a single movement towards the treats is often enough for a hilarious shoot. It doesn’t matter if the dog really catches the treat. But it’s harder to work with long-haired breeds. Because of the fur, you don’t see any movements in their face – sometimes not even eyes. So, short-haired dogs let hope for better results.”
“Most dogs successfully catch the treats – when we do it as a normal exercise. But – once I have a couple of shots – I throw faster to evoke new expressions. There is no real chance for them to get the treats, even if it looks like in the pic, that the treat is flying straight into the mouth.”
So, scroll down to see some more wonderful photographs and there is no doubt that you would fall in love with these!
I will catch it with side of my mouth.
It’s mine bro.
meh, this is easy.
How easy it’s to catch this.
I got it, I got it.
I don’t like it anyway.
What is this?
Here we go.
I got it just like that.
Oh I missed it.