There are many wondrous and strange things over at the LSU Vet School. Dogs with sore joints jogging on underwater treadmills. Doors behind which is contained a swimming pool full of research catfish. Dead cows being trundled around on forklifts. It’s really a very active place.
Swede White over at WRKF had asked me to go along and photograph a demonstration of canine physical therapy (they don’t just put the dogs on underwater treadmills for our amusement). A dog… on an underwater treadmill? How could I say no?
Anyway, I had some grand ideas about dramatically lighting the aforementioned submerged canine but one of the flash positions I would have liked was not available due to the construction of the apparatus. And the other location I had in mind involved poor Swede leaning over a steaming vat of water with a remote flash wrapped in a paper tower to keep it dry as I popped the strobe through a sheet of opaque plexiglass. All in all, I got about 80% of the effect I was going for and WRKF got the more “normal” photos they needed for their website. So, everyone was happy… with the possible exception of the dead cow on the forklift.
All in a days work, kids. All in a days work.