Photos and Story by Julia Pelish
Vacay.ca Visuals Editor
TORONTO, ONTARIO — Woofstock 2013, North America’s largest outdoor festival of dogs, was in town this weekend proving once again that doggie love is alive and thriving in the heart of Toronto. All the usual suspects (princesses, stud collars, doggie carriages, the water fountain bubble romp, etc.) attended the extravaganza on one of the warmest weekends of the year so far.
Each year, Woofstock provides great photo opps. When I headed out, I just grabbed my knapsack and had forgotten that I had the Nikon 105mm DC lens on the camera body, a Nikon D7000. I had planned on bringing the 16-85mm lens so I would have a variety of shooting options. At first I was frustrated at my oversight, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Since I could not get close to the main stage, the longer lens turned out to be ideal. I often shoot portraits with the 105mm as it is exceptionally sharp, yet blurs out the background into a beautiful lovely soft bokeh, as you can see in the photo below (taken at f 6.3).
Dogs, alone or in packs, dominated the Woofstock grounds but they did bring along their loyal owners as well to enjoy the outing. Pretty much every breed of dog — and dog lover — could be found strolling through the St. Lawrence Market and St. James Park festival areas. Every size, shape and fashion style known to canine or human was on display. Tiny accessory dogs, large athletic beasts, the most lovable breeds of humankind’s best friends, and even some breeds I had never before seen were in attendance. Best of all, everyone seemed to get along, even the humans — what’s not to love?
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