Shyla and I were out at sunrise this morning, and it was the best part of my day.
It has been tough to learn what all the little buttons and dials do on my new camera. In contrast, I can operate my DSLR in the dark while almost asleep (e.g., taking star photos). Because I'm clumsy with the new camera, I've been hesitant to use it for photos of Shyla at sunrise. I need to work very fast to get good photos in those first few minutes after the sun rises. Using a camera that I know well, like my DSLR, is a huge advantage.
The first time I tried to use the new camera at sunrise, I hit an unknown button that locked up every control on the camera. I said some choice words as I tried to undo whatever I'd done. I got almost no photos that morning although I eventually figured out which button I'd hit to "lock" the controls.
This morning, I tried the new camera again at sunrise. I got my first photo without hitting any unknown buttons.
But Shyla was mortified at the language I'd used during that snafu. She covered her face in embarrassment.
I set Shyla up for one more photo before we got moving. However, she was obsessed with something off to my side and behind me. I wasn't too concerned, especially because her eyes looked so beautiful from that angle. So I kept snapping away with my camera without checking out what she was staring at.
To say that I was proud of Shyla at that moment would be an understatement. Since I have taken positive training to a new level, focusing on playing and strengthening my relationship with Shyla, she tends to make the "right" choices without me saying anything. The fact that she "stayed" with an exciting buck so nearby while I was obliviously taking photos of her is a great example!
Way to go, sweet girl!