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Week 49

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Architectural"


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I had the opportunity to work with The Humane Society of Indianapolis over the summer months on their 2018 Calendar. The theme was shelter staff animals at architectural landmarks of Indy. It was a big undertaking to plan and coordinate each shoot for both myself & staff involved but well worth the time invested. The calendar went on sale this week so even though these images were taken over the summer I can finally share them. Here are a few of my favorites! To activate the slide show hover over the bottom of the photo and click the ▶️ button. Slides will advance automatically. To hide the thumbnail display while viewing move your mouse off of the slide viewing window.

Next up in the circle is Cahlean of About A Dog Photography in Minneapolis MN

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week 45

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Sun Flare"


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I LOVE sun flares! I admit it. From the tack sharp starbursts to the soft colorful dreamy orbs of light floating in the frame.

In my early days I read that lens flare caused by light entering the lens and hitting the sensor was seen as a technical error and could cause damage to the camera so I tried to avoid it. But over the years I have found myself gravitating to a light filled softer style and will actively seek out sun flares as I think they add warmth and interest. I was hoping to catch some sun flares while at the shelter this week but the skies weren't really cooperating. This one with Arnold is the only one I got as the sun made a very brief appearance.

"Arnold"

These next 2 images were taken during shoots for a calendar project I worked on this summer with Indy Humane. Both images were shot with a really small aperture to get the starburst. The opening of the lens to the sensor is closed down so small that when the light hits the inside of the lens it bends around the blades of the shutter and creates this effect. Both of these images were taken just for fun to play around with possible lens flare. In both cases I had an assistant bouncing light back onto the dog with a reflector.

Sunset with Kate

Sunrise with Tonks

Next in the circle is Kim with BARKography at a dog photography retreat in southern California.

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week 42

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Brick"


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This weeks theme is "Brick" and all I can hear running through my head is "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down". But you see the third little pig builds a house of bricks....

Our Shelter is mostly brick so I thought I would have an easy time this week. I am by no means complaining, BUT, we are having the best, sunny, true-blue sky weather ever! Not so great when you are photographing dogs near mid day. I did find a little spot tucked away near one of the entrances and my fav senior Mozart was happy to indulge me. I need this old boy to get adopted soon. He is beyond sweet. His is a sad story. He and his Puggle brother Beethoven were owner surrendered last fall when the owner was unable to continue to care for them. Their behavioral assessment concluded they weren't dependent on each other and were adopted out separately to different homes. Mozart's didn't seem to be his forever as he was found as a stray recently and no-one came looking for him. He's 10 and just the sweetest. Nothing would make me happier than to see him go to a loving home 😊

Doesn't the brick backdrop accentuate his coat color & cute underbite!!

 

Continue on to Rochelle from Dark Sapphire Pet Photography, Nelson, New Zealand to see more examples of pets + brick.

 

Until next week, or based on my recent history, the week after that!

 

Linda

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Week 40

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Orange"


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"and all at once summer collapsed into fall."

Oscar Wilde

Week 40 (yes, 40!) and our theme of "Orange" is very befitting, as Fall is definitely upon us. Autumn is probably my favorite season, although ask me again in Spring time and I might waffle a little. It makes me think of early sunsets, big sweaters, bonfires and of course, the color orange.  When I went to the shelter on Tuesday I already had a few ideas floating around in my head for this week but that all went out the window as the color Orange seemed to be everywhere!  

  • Loads of Orange dogs!! I photographed at least 5 this week! It was a sign (as I missed last week)... 
  • There is already the beginnings of an orange blanket of leaves gracing the trails!
  • And the shelter staff, embracing all things fall have begun to decorate and adorn kennels in fall colors. See for yourself!

 

Orange dog #1, Beautiful senior girl, Jocelyn

Orange dog #2, Heidi, the Bagel 😉

Orange dog #3, Petite senior Poppy

Orange leaves a plenty! Amelia who's eyes are also orange-y

And finally, orange blankets in the kennels. Sweetie pie Mozart. Look at his adorable tooth's!

Orange you glad you stopped by 😜😜😜

Next, lets see how Elaine incorporated orange in her images over at I Got the Shot Pet Photography, serving Northeastern PA and surrounding areas.

Hope to see you next week,

Linda

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Week 38

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "EYES"


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Week 38 is upon us and our theme is "EYES".

Here are some beautiful eyes I stared into this week.

"You can always find hope in a dogs eyes"

(Sweet Pittie puppy - "On hold for adoption")

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language"  

(Beuford  - from Houston Texas. Escaped the aftermath of hurricane Harvey)

"A dogs eyes can tell a thousand tales"

(Sweet Darwin - RETURNED by adopter for "chewing")

"Dogs do not need to speak, their eyes say it all"

(Brownie - extremely camera shy)

"True love is easy to find....all you have to do is look in a dogs eyes"

(Coco - not yet available)

And last but certainly not least,

"My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, it comes from the love in my dogs eyes"

(Teddy - Adopted 2010, living the life in Indiana)

Next, we have Darlene with Pant the Town Pet Photography serving MA and NH

Until next week,

Linda

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Week 36

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "DETAILS"


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I have been absent for the last several weeks wrapping up summer stuff and working on some other projects. I missed our weekly challenges and am so happy to be back! 

This week it is all about the details.  I stayed with the dictionary definition, "the small aspects of an image corresponding to those of the subject". I do not have a macro lens but have actually been researching them lately so I am really interested to see if others have used them and what focal length works. The first "how to" book I ever picked up on photographing dogs included a 9 piece wall display of "dog parts" which I found very appealing as both a photographer and a dog owner. This portrait style is what immediately came to mind when I saw this weeks theme.  It is not as easy as you would think to photograph just "parts" when your subject is a moving target! Plus, most dogs, kind of like most humans, don't really like it when you invade their personal space. I have so many rejects this week because my composition wasn't balanced!  Here are a few of my keepers, all up close and personal with Bruiser.

sniff out opportunities

paws to enjoy life

love unconditionally

wag more, bark less

Mother nature has been wreaking havoc in our part of the world these past few weeks from raging wildfires to catastrophic hurricanes. This week eleven adoptable dogs from Houston were met plane side in Chicago and welcomed to the Humane Society of Indianapolis.  They will continue to work closely with several rescue organizations in the Houston area to determine how best they can serve the relief efforts. Every little bit helps....They are all so beautiful, I expect they will find new homes very quickly. I hope you are all staying safe!

Next up is   About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud and central Minnesota.

Until next week (hopefully),

Linda

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Week 31

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Wood"


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We were given the theme "wood" this week. After thinking about it for a few days the wood I chose is an object which serves as a platform.  I selected this particular wood for its interesting texture, leading lines and complimentary neutral color.  If I could have a do over I would have angled the box slightly so as to avoid the bright patches of sky, but, the moment was lost when neighbor dogs poked their heads through the hedge to bark hello and ask what we were doing! That said, I do like the summer feel the bright background invokes. The colors makes me think of pink lemonade!

This is the super adorable sweet side of Bruiser who is definitely getting the hang of this modeling thing! He has another side too, but we don't need to get into that here!

Follow along with me to see how wood was incorporated in the images of  About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud and central Minnesota.

Until next week,

Linda

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Week 30

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Shadow"


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I cannot believe that it is week 30 already! 

As a photographer I am always, always looking at the light. And like most photographers I love to shoot in natural light when the sun is low in the sky and the color of light becomes almost magical. I am always commenting to my husband and daughters, "oh my gosh, just look at the beautiful light!", to which they reply, yes Mom (Linda), it's nice 🙄

It's so easy to be rushed with shelter dog photography because the dogs are always on the move and my assistants, the walkers, well, they want to walk them. For me, I have learned that it is important for me to remove the pressures I place upon myself & slow down or even stop...

  • to identify the direction of light,
  • determine if its hard light creating edges and shadows,
  • or soft light with its faded golden hues,
  • if there is opportunity to find open shade
  • or a way to filter the light somehow to lessen the hard effect cast onto a dogs fur.

There is so much to think about in a split second when a shelter dog strikes a pose for you. It has been a journey getting to this point with loads of oversights along the way. I am trying to take time to learn from each one.  I am often shy about admitting this but I am so nerdishly fascinated by the light and how it can play a part in the image. 🤓 Notice I keep saying light not shadow.  What I love most about this blog circle is the opportunity to get out of my head and think differently. This weeks theme is not light, but "Shadow".  I don't see the shadows in a positive light (pun intended). I look for ways to avoid them. So think about how refreshing it was to stop and really look at incorporating them in an image.  I didn't get creative at the shelter as I really need to make my images count. Perhaps another week I will discover an opportunity to incorporate shadows to help tell the dogs story. Instead, both images shared here were taken this week at home, taking advantage of gorgeous summer light streaming into our windows to create some interesting light and shadow patterns. 

"Basking"

You can almost feel the warmth of the sunlight in this first image. I like how the diagonal lines of shadow lead you to Teddy and back up to them. Keeping your eye traveling along the shadow patterns all while staying within the frame. I shot this with a 35mm f1.4 Sigma Art lens. It's brand new and I am so, so happy with it! I love how the perspective of a 35 mm can infer a story. 

"Hot dawg"

It's been so hot and humid lately that as soon as we come in from our walks Teddy goes in search of tile to cool off on! I took advantage of his placement between the shadows & grabbed my camera (which still had my 50mm on it from my shelter shoot).

I didn't actually notice until now but Ted-Bear has been lying around a lot this week, lol! 

Lets see what is lurking in the shadows with our other photographers starting with Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area

Until next week,

Linda

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Week 29

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "SKY"


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This weeks theme, "Sky", needs no explanation. Since the theme was posted, I have been watching the skies at different times of the day ready to grab my camera and a dog and go! On Saturday we had the type of sky that always makes me think of the show "The Simpsons". Big white puffy clouds drifting in the wind, set against a beautiful blue sky. Honestly though, I was waiting for "the sky" of the week to present itself and sadly it never did. It has been super hot and muggy here where the air is heavy with moisture and the skies are a pale shade of nothing.  I'm really glad that I captured some shots of Teddy on Saturday since it is now the afternoon before posts go live and I'm staring out the window at a sky that has no color at all.

Short & sweet this week!

Follow the link to see the skies captured by  Pet Love Photography, serving Greaer Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area

Until next week,

Linda

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Week 28

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Comic"


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This weeks theme "comic" is subject to interpretation by each of us so I expect you are in for a very diverse selection of images! I hoped to unearth a super hero costume in the drawers of doggie stuff at the shelter and fit an available "little" like a chihuahua for it. Win-win for both parties involved. However shelter shoot day was met with torrential rains and with summer camps in full force there were kids everywhere! It was just a little too chaotic for my scheme! 

So instead, here are some of the many faces of "Legolas" , who I had the pleasure of meeting this week. A character, to say the least!!

Legolas is beautiful, with a capital B, fun, happy, spunky Dogo Argentino mix around 2 years old. He is available now at Indy Humane! He really was comical to work with!! I wish I knew his back story. Wouldn't he have looked GREAT with a red satin cape? Hindsight is 20/20 😊

Now lets see what others got up too this week. Beginning with St. Cloud & Central MN dog photographer, About A Dog Photography

 

Until next week, 

Linda

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Week 27

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Bokeh"


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Bokeh, pronounced  “boh-keh” comes from the Japanese word “boke” (暈け/ボケ), which translates to “blur”, “haze”, or “fuzziness”. Simply put, it is that dreamy out of focus blur in an image. Bokeh is mispronounced often and in many different ways, haha!  After living in Japan for 4 years and studying the language for half that time, hearing it mispronounced, like "boo" "kay" makes me just a little crazy inside! Anyway...you say potato I say potahto, lets get back to our weekly theme. This is hands down my favorite style of shooting at the moment.  When I'm at the shelter I use my 50 mm lens and like to shoot with an aperture of f/2.8. I have found a few locations on the trails that produce a lovely bokeh when the light is being filtered through the trees on bright sunny summer days. Here are 4 shelter lovelies from the past 2 weeks.

"Rhett"

"Breezy"

"Diamond"

"Dutch"

I also used the same lens this week when out with Bruiser and opened it up further to f/1.4 (wide open for this lens). The skies were cloudy so while you see the dreamy background the little orbs of light are not as pronounced as on a sunny day.

And lastly, I hope you enjoy this floppy eared baby goat captured this week with very shallow DOF and lovely bokeh. I just love the soft focus with all her young pink self ❤️

I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I did, now lets head over to  About A Dog Photography, St. Cloud & central MN

Until next week,

Linda

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Week 26

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Leading Lines"


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"If you allow that line there, and you let me follow it, please let it take me somewhere." 

David duChemin, Author and World Photographer

Leading Lines are the subject of this weeks theme and are used in compositions to lead the viewer to a specific area of interest within the frame. In the case of pet photography our area of interest is, you guessed it, the pet!

Here are a few different perspectives using leading lines with our leading man, Bruiser, as we took a photo walk in & around our neighbourhood.

 

 

 

Now, follow me as we check out more leading line compositions with Rochelle from Dark Sapphire Pet Photography, Nelson, New Zealand

Until next week,

 

Linda

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Week 25

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Soft"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


I haven't been able to participate for one reason or another (LIFE!!) since week 17. How is it week 25 already? Thats 2 months!! I don't know where the time went but I am happy to be back :)

This weeks theme is "SOFT" and I had so much fun with it.

The image below was taken on our walk this morning, shot with my 50mm prime lens at f/1.4.  (Wide open!) The depth of field here combined with the morning light resulted in the dreamy soft effect I was looking for.

"Teddy"  

I also experimented indoors with my 85mm prime lens using its widest aperture: f/1.8

"Bruiser"

His reflection on the wood floor combined with the shallow depth of field also has an ethereal soft quality to it. 

The last image I will share was taken at the shelter earlier this week. This is "BUB" a 1 year old pittie mix game for anything! It was a bright blue sky kind of day and we took to the trails to escape the harsh light. Here I actually positioned a yellow flowering weed of some kind between myself and Bub which provided the soft focus at the forefront of the image. (f/3.2). The volunteer helping me asked to see the back of my camera, and commented with "its a great picture but there are blurry bits at the front."  HAHAHAHAHAHA! 

I responded with I KNOW, I did it on purpose, it's artistic, isn't it? HAHAHA, still laughing about it!

"BUB"

The tree canopy above the trails is so lush I do have to spend time taking down the greens, blues, yellows and cyans out of the dogs fur....Probably still a little blue in his fur & his tongue!! But I think its better than the blown out, contrasty images when there is no cover.  Cloudy Tuesdays get me excited in the summer months!

Now, follow along with me to see what my new friend Kim has created! Kim and I spent 5 AMAZING days together at the recent HOD Photography retreat in Breckenridge!!   BARKography by Kim Hollis based in Charlotte NC

 

Until next week, 

Linda

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Week 17

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Low Key"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


This week were going over to the dark side with our theme of  "Low Key".  If you've been following along, you may remember that back in week 11 we created the very opposite with our high key imagesLow key lighting is all about the dark tones combined with reduced, selective lighting to create great contrast. If done well this style provides mood, drama and even mystery. 

I originally set up to do this outside but winds were gusting up to 25 mph so I did the sensible thing and moved back indoors. It was midday so I closed down all the blinds in the room and used a piece of black colored fleece fabric which I positioned on the back of a kitchen chair and slid a fairly large Amazon box (which fortunately had just been delivered!) underneath it on the floor.  I used my speed light with a Magmod sphere modifier which I positioned camera left because there was a table to my right. I coaxed Teddy onto the hidden box after getting the lighting close using his lambkins stuffy which is very similar in color.  It was a very sophisticated set up haha! With Teddy in place I experimented with all kinds of variations of the lighting power and positions and distances and these are 2 I favored. I like how his tail caught the light and is exposed from the shadows - I think I like them mostly though because he is my dog. I love when his hair grows in to this length and he looks scruffy! I guess its time to schedule him at the groomers for his spring "do". I would truly love to do more of this style with a studio set up!  What do you think? Do you like one more than the other?

"Teddy"

Next, lets check out the Low Key images of Cahlean Klenke in St. Cloud MN with About A Dog Photography.

Until next week,

Linda

DogShotz Photography

 

 

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Week 16

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Fantasy"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


This weeks theme is "Fantasy"

What I love about this blog circle is that every week I am challenged to do things that push me to learn new technical and creative approaches to photography. This week's theme of fantasy gave me much pause and just a little anxiety if I am to be honest. This weeks theme was definitely going to take me out of my comfort zone. But this is also a positive!

What first came to mind in seeing our theme was those magical images you see where story book pages are coming to life right before your eyes. These are composites typically using stock images & I expect  involves a solid understanding of Photoshop. Side note: We were not limited to PS, but were also encouraged to consider the use of props, or creative story telling - to just let loose and have some fun!  I'm definitely a novice at photoshop. I know just enough to do leash removal and make the eyes pop. I was so enamored with the idea of learning how to do a storybook composite I latched onto that & began to research the "how to" online. I first followed step by step instructions on how to make your subject look as if it is walking out of the picture. Exhibit 1, "Sadie" a Rottweiler mix I photographed back in 2016 at the shelter. 

"Sadie"

 

Don't get your magnifying glass out as the selection was too labour intensive to get it perfect.

While I considered this a success, I didn't exactly "let loose"! I still wanted to do something more in line with a mystical, magical fantasy image & kept searching for the how to. Sadly, the storybook image still eludes me for now as I was unable to find a free image to use as my base ......but I did find a tutorial complete with free download of an iPhone image and went to work using one of my images. Not exactly the medieval times image I was envisioning but you have to start somewhere!

Exhibit 2 "Jackson". Jackson is my sisters second of three rescue dogs who I photographed last summer when visiting family back home in Canada. Jackson has one blue eye and one brown.

 

"Jackson"

Again, don't look too close!  If you know of any free storybook images let me know as would still like to give it a go! I can't wait to see what everyone else has done this week. Let's start by visiting with Elaine Mueller Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography  

Until next week,

Linda

DogShotz Photography

 

 

 

 

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Week 15

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Breaking the Rules"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


This weeks theme is "breaking the rules".  I once read somewhere that the only rule of photography is that there are no rules. However, that said there are definitely general principles that create great photos. Some of the most common are :

  • the rule of thirds
  • shoot with the sun behind you
  • avoid shooting portraits at midday
  • avoid wide angle distortion
  • hold your camera straight
  • don't put the horizon line in the center of your image
  • etc.

You get the picture! To break the rules you first have to learn the rules! Sometimes the composition may be improved upon when the rules are broken. I have always wanted to attempt the bobble head dog shot (distortion) with sunburst (shooting into sun) and lens flare (at high noon). Kaylee Greer of DogBreath is famous for this style. I don't know this for a fact but I think she purposely challenged the rules to create her signature style. Her images are extremely impactful and nothing short of spectacular! (Yes I'm a fan-girl!!) If you are not familiar with her work you should google her! 

I pulled out my widest wide angle lens (16-35mm, f4.0), set my focal length to 16mm and got super, super close to Teddy's face. The sun was sparkling through the tree at me & positioned high in the sky as it was just a few minutes past noon. I set my aperture to 22 to get the sun-star effect. I had almost everything I needed except a light source on the dog to ensure he wasn't in shadow & also to provide catch lights in his eyes.  Here I decided on a short cut (second actually if you count I only travelled as far as my back yard with distracting bkgd elements  - my bad!), I used a ring light on a gorilla pod because it was easier than hauling out flashes and stands and umbrella's and triggers and batteries..... (I do recognize that putting in some extra effort would have resulted in an even better result but I can live with my decision). Oh and I also threw the rule of thirds out the window and basically put the dog smack in the middle of my frame. While this is not my style I find the distortion whimsical (all credit to Ms Greer) and very appealing. What do you think of this style? It can be fun to be a rule breaker!

 

The next 2 images are for illustrative purposes & just for fun since Bruiser was licking his lips post-treat... Focus is off due to slower shutter speed used than what was needed! Look at his eyes and you can see how the ring light reflects in a very obvious and distracting way. It isn't great with Teddy either but not as pronounced with him b/c he has all that hair in the way! While I didn't take my time it is possible to minimize the ring light in PS as can be seen in the image of Bruiser on the right. But that is more work and probably something to get right SOOC as opposed to fixing with post processing. Regardless seeing my dogs as bobble heads makes me smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now lets see how many rules were broken by Kelly Baugh of Amyranth Pet Photography serving The North Carolina Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Surrounding Areas) 

Until next week,

Linda

DogShotz Photography

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Week 14

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Urban"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


This week we were charged with finding photographic possibilities in our cities and urban areas. It was a challenge getting out due to our weather! Rain, rain, rain, snow showers and gale force winds! Ah, spring time in Indiana! If I truly wanted impactful images with tall buildings I would have travelled the 40 minute commute into downtown Indianapolis. The unpredictable, inclement weather pushed me to look for opportunity in the city of Carmel IN where we live. Teddy & I ventured out midweek between thunder storms. Don't quote me on the dates but I believe it was 2014/15 that Carmel commissioned a number of bronze statues that were installed on and around Main Street. We decided to check some of them out and incorporate them in our photographs.... until the skies opened up again and we high tailed it home! 

"There, Now You Can Grow"

"Ambassador of the Street"

"Holding Out"

"Confirming Predictions"

Apparently there are about a dozen or so of these lifelike everyday Americans going about their business in the Art & Design District around Main street, we only saw a few! (The captions below each of these photographs are the actual titles of the pieces given by the sculptor).

Now lets head over to see the Urban views of Kelly Garin Photography, Columbia, SC

Until next week,

 

Linda 

DogShotz Photography

 

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Week 13

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Green"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


Everything around Indy is greening up this week. Buds on the trees are days away from bursting open and the grass is a rich kelly-green. Given it's the last week of March this greening up is definitely a little early for our area, but I'll take it, as this weeks theme is "green"! It is lovely to see color again outside after the grey that is predominant over the winter months. While the setting at the shelter where I volunteer isn't lush by any stretch of the imagination I decided that I would use nature & our adoptable's to fulfill this weeks theme. All of these beauties are still available as I'm writing this!

First up are a pair of Bassett Hounds, brother & sister Mildred and Charlie. They are a bonded pair and will be adopted as such. Both just under 5 years of age. I wish I knew their whole story. Poor Mildred has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and cherry eye. Fortunately neither of these ailments seemed to dampen her spirit. It's not often we see this breed in the shelter so I expect they will not hang around too long even with Mildred's health needs. Myself and the 2 handlers giggled a lot during their session - they were so amusing! Next is my Puggle crush Henry. Henry is a senior at 10 years old. He was so content to sit in the sun and cuddle with his handler. He was easy breezy to work with. Then finally Freya still a pup at 7 months old who couldn't get enough of the fresh grass. Rolling back and forth in it, over an over again. It looked like it felt so good!

In all of these images I shot low to the ground using a wide aperture. Getting down low allowed me to use the green grass to frame the subject and using a wide aperture results in a shallow depth of field providing the blurred background. This blur helps to take the focus off of the less than perfectly manicured lawn and put it on the lovely dogs! 

"Mildred'

"Charlie"

"Henry"

"Freya"

I hope you enjoyed this weeks take on "green"! There are so many different ways you could go with this, head over to Kathy Ono of Ono Pet Photography to see her perspective on green.

Hope to see you next week!  

Linda

DogShotz Photography

p.s. Sorry I was MIA last week. The theme "HDR" (zero experience with) combined with kids home from college for Spring break and other personal priorities I just plain ran out of time to learn & get out and shoot :( 

 

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Week 11

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "High Key"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


"High Key" photography is when the majority of the tones in the photograph fall in the highlight region. If you ever browse through CLICK magazine you see this style a lot! I find it very pleasing. Typically, the key tones in any image are the midtones. (Which is how I typically shoot). So, high key means mapping the key tones or midtones to a higher tone level. Simple right? In theory anyway! My goal this week was to capture a few images where I increased my exposure so the highlight tones became whiter and the shadow tones were mapped to brighter tones. With this technique it is also important not too take it so far that you begin to loose detail or "blow out" the brightest areas. This style can be accomplished both in a studio setting with lights or using natural light. I chose natural light.

My first image in this post was taken of Bruiser on a cream/white blanket in our sunroom in the early morning hours. It was shot on Manual and I had to increase the exposure by 3 stops to achieve this look. I find his pose combined with the high key style very peaceful. Having a consistent or continuous background to your main subject was probably my biggest learning this week. 

The second and third images were taken at the end of my shift at the shelter this week. I recognized the opportunity to shoot using this style based on the continuous background offered as we were trekking back to the building from the trails. I actually try to avoid concrete (and chain link) in my shelter photo's but this time I thought I could use the concrete to my advantage.  These were shot in Aperture Priority mode and I used my exposure compensation to click it up a few stops to brighten the overall tones in the scene. Check out her ears!  I took several photographs where I pushed the exposure even further to the right but was loosing detail in the white areas of her fur. I do like this as a way of bringing attention to the pup and with the fairly wide aperture used here the concrete serves as a soft background.

This 3 year old mixed small breed was one of 23 dogs rescued this month from a hoarding situation. Most of the dogs rescued were chihuahuas but there were a couple of terrier's in the mix too. Most of these poor little souls have never set foot on grass, and don't know what to make of it. This is Aria she was one of the most settled so far. Most of them are scared silly and the sooner they get all fixed up and on to their forever people the better! 

Now lets head over to Darlene with Pant the Town Pet Photography serving MA and NH to see more examples of High Key photography.

Until next week,

Linda

DogShotz Photography

 

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Week 10

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Patterns"


 

Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!

 


I cannot believe this is week 10 already! Our theme this week is "Patterns".

Patterns are everywhere! In both natural forms & man made environments. You just have to look for them! Despite that statement, this week's assignment was really really tough! Recognizing the pattern is one thing, but using it effectively with your subject is tricky. Both inside and out this week my eyes were constantly scanning and searching for patterns. Just the act of looking for patterns definitely makes you see things from a different perspective. 

Poor teddy was so stressed out by this adventure it upset his stomach for days! I'm actually working on teaching both our dogs the phrase "want to take some pictures?" to prevent the anxiety that seems to happen when we are going to new places. I wanted to try going back to this spot again but Teddy's stomach was making really loud gurgle noises. Poor Teddy. He seems to be doing ok now.

Follow along with me as we see the patterns captured by Kelly of  Kelly Garin Photography, Columbia, SC

Until next week,

Linda

DogShotz Photography

 

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