Dacha Friends

Many Russian families own a Dacha in addition to their homes in the city. A Dacha is a summer house, usually with a small yard that is often used for amatuer farming. Dachas are located outside the cities, usually a few km away (sometimes more than a few km).


1/160s, f/1.8, ISO 2000

This Saturday, we visited our friends at their Dacha outside of Moscow.

I did not focus on the Dacha itself, or the village where it was located (Dachas are usually located in villages) but on the wonderful pets our friends have! A stunning German Shepperd named Pers and a cat named Busya.


1/160s, f/1.8, ISO 1250


1/160s, f/1.8, ISO 4000


Experimenting with abstract photos. 1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 160 with SB700 Speedlight.

Pers was very.. energetic. Excited by the new guests and the ammount of attention he got from us (mostly from me) he wouldn’t move away from us. That was.. until the cat appeared.


1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 160 with SB700 Speedlight.

Busya is a very petite, thin framed cat, that gracefully jumped between the kitchen table to the stove and from the stove to the kitchen shelves. She wasn’t very impressed by the dog’s presence and pretty much ignored him.


1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 160 with SB700 Speedlight.


1/160s, f/1.8, ISO 2000


1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 200

Hypnotized by the cat, Pers wouldn’t take his eyes off her and begged for her attention, following her across the living room, trying to reach her, even with his nose. When she had enough of him, she climbed as high as she could and stayed there the whole time, but that didn’t help much since he remained in the same position, hoping she’d come off.


The cat’s safe spot. 1/250s, f/2.2, ISO 250 with SB700 Speedlight.


Sitting in the corner after being yelled at by his owners. Oh those puppy eyes! 1/250s, f/2.2, ISO 800 with SB700 Speedlight.

Now, more than ever, I want to get a German Shepperd (or two. or three haha). I’m a cat person, but in the last few years I realized how much I enjoy a dog’s company. 🙂

The NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 was use here – the low aperture makes it wonderful for indoor shots (when there’s poor lighting). The SB-700 speedlight was used in some of the photos.

High qualiity images will be avaliable on my flickr account soon.


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