The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation From the water’s surface, it’s a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.
But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping Lab to diving Dachshund, the water is where a dog’s distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.
In more than eighty portraits, award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel captures new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
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I received my copy of “Underwater Dogs” on Tuesday and I without a doubt think this is the best dog photography book I have ever seen and I actually own quite a few as I am a huge dog lover. The pictures in this book are unlike anything I have ever seen up until a few months ago when I, like thousands of other people, discovered Seth Casteel’s website and his amazing underwater photos. Not only are the photos themselves so unique but the clarity of them are incredible and the colors just pop!! The expressions on these waterloving dogs are something out of a Dr. Suess book. Who knew dogs looked like this underwater? I will tell you who knew, Seth! And he captures these expressions with amazing skills and what is one heck of a good camera. These pictures are as professional as you can get and yet there is such a playfulness that it keeps it from being unlike any other dog portrait book. As for the actual book itself I was impressed at how well the book is made. A book of this quality could easily sell for 2 – 3 times this Amazon price. At $12 this book is a steal and I, for one, plan to “steal” about a dozen more copies to give as Christmas presents to my dogloving friends and family. The other thing I really like about this book is that it is a true coffee table book. Some coffee table books have way too much writing. Guests sitting on your couch dont’ want to read a War and Peace novel. They want a book they can flip through and look at pictures. But as fun and entertaining as these pictures are I don’t think anyone could just flip through this one. They will have to look at each and every page as every page offers an entirely different view of the underwater life of dogs. Some are wide mouthed, all teeth and look like sharks honing in on their prey which most of the time is a tennis ball. Others look serenely under the water as if they are trying to discover some secrets of the deep. While others have goofy grins that seem to stretch for miles under the distortion of the water. There is even one very interesting photo of a yellow dog where somehow Seth captures the image of the dog’s face in a bubble that the dog himself is breathing out under water. I think other photographers could take thousands of underwater photos and never capture an image as unique as that. How he did it I don’t know but I do know this. Seth Casteel has mastered the art of photographing dogs. His “land” portraits are just as impressive and I am so glad he included at the back of the book a small portrait of each dog so you can see what they really look like. This book is an absolute must if you love dogs and I think should be one of the best selling Christmas presents under $25 for this coming season. Bravo, Mr. Casteel, your book is utterly fantastic and as a fellow doglover, I thank you for showing those of us with waterloving dogs what they really look like down there in the deep end.
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