If anyone has ever taken better photos of sporting dogs, real sporting dogs, I have yet to see them. Professional photographer and teacher Craig Koshyk takes wonderful photos of gun dogs — working portraits that make a person covet a keen Braque du Bourbonnais, like the one in Craig's photo on the left [see the full size here], or a Deutsch Drahthaar, or a Perdiguero de Burgos. The photos show what the outdoors feels like: see, for example, the wind in the photo of Craig's Uma with a ruffed grouse. Yes, Craig hunts over dogs of his own, and he knows what to look for. [Check out the videos in his latest blog post. No, he does not suck at making videos.]
In addition to his blog [big hat tip to Andrew of the Vizslak for the link], Craig of course has a most excellent website of photos. He's reorganized the site in the last week or so, and I know this because I can't find his photos of a dog I had fallen in love with: a gray, good-sized, wire-haired Eastern European dog. Good thing Craig is preparing a book. It's called The Continentals — "a guide to the versatile hunting dogs of continental Europe" — and it's slated for publication in early 2009. I can't wait.