Springer Spaniel Portrait

Butch, A Springer Spaniel
Butch | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH

This is Butch, our Springer Spaniel. I grabbed this shot as he was enjoying a relaxing evening. If you’re not familiar with the “field” bred American Springer Spaniel, then you wouldn’t know that this is a rare position for him.

Water Retrieving | Nikon D200, Nikon 18-200

You see, even though he’s 8 years old, he still only knows two speeds: sleep and wide open! As you can see he’s closer to sleep than what he’s normally up to:
Butch is a Pine Shadows Springer Spaniel. They’re in Brainerd, Minnesota and we traveled there in February 2006 to pick him up. They have an incredible breeding and training program. Plus they’re endorsed by Orvis.

Pheasant Hunting Polo, South Dakota
Pheasant Hunting in Polo, South Dakota | Nikon D200, Nikon 18-200

This is what Butch really likes to do and as you can see he knows what he’s doing! It’s all about the birds.

Butch our Springer Spaniel
Butch recovering from a long day in the field | Nikon D200, Nikon 18-200

Then at the end of the day he finally turns the motor off:

4 thoughts on “Springer Spaniel Portrait

  1. Duane,
    Nice story and photos. It’s nice to see what a pure bred Springer looks like.
    I might be a Springer but sure nuff ain’t a pure bred anything.

    Your adapting to the camera very well. These personal diary notes are a very interesting body of work…


    1. Thanks Don! The camera and I are beginning to form a partnership as I always have him/her/it with me. Whether in the bag turned on ready to shoot or strapped across my chest, even while driving in the car.

      I probably spend too much time by what others might think just “fondling” the camera as I’m always experimenting with focusing and working the controls so that its second nature.

      The German engineering that’s gone in to the feel and quality this machine are a marvel to me. Yes I know it’s still a bit new but until you have one in hand it’s hard to describe to others. They’re still all gaga about, “You paid that much for a camera!! I’ve got a camera on my iPhone!”


      1. Duane, it matters not what others think.

        Leica Camera Fondling Procedures and time are only judged by your wife.
        The he, she, it issue and camera naming procedure need to be attended to rather quickly.

        Good luck my brother, I’m here to assist if need be.


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