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Week 7

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Year of the Dog"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to their 12-year cycle. 2018 is a Year of the Dog! Quite surprised that I was not born in the year of the dog. Missed it by 9 months. It doesn't really matter because for me every year is the year of the dog. I have always had a thing for dogs but I didn't realize just how much until I started volunteering at the shelter. It sounds cliché, but I really do love them all.

I love this itsy bitsy, teeny tiny elfin boy

and this ginormous girl with the Elvis lip.

This happy go lucky boy despite his circumstances at the time.

All of the playful puppies I get to meet.  I even love the very hard cases.

The goofy boys like Smuckers.

and the gorgeous little girls like Meka.

Today, February 16th 2018 marks the beginning of The Year of the Dog. Dogs are considered as our best animal friends. Loyal, friendly, and kind. People born under the sign of the dog are said to share those traits. As well as being honest, easygoing, and helpful to others. A good reason to celebrate them (AND DOGS) every day this year!

Lets see how others are celebrating the Year of the Dog. Up next is Mikahla Dorey, Pet Photographer in Nova Scotia Canada

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week 6

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Fantasy"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


We are letting our creativity shine this week as we all explore the theme of "fantasy". What I like most about this blog circle is that it challenges me to think creatively and often times takes me outside of the comfortable little box I have drawn around myself. This week that is especially true. 

I recently worked with the most gentle 4 year old pibble who's life up to this point has been less than ideal. Used for breeding she arrived at the shelter in a terrible state. Shelter staff and volunteers have provided her with lots of love and attention and much needed meds and today she is well on the way to a much happier life. Since I photographed her on a paper backdrop I thought one of her images would make the perfect starting point. I rolled up my sleeves, consulted google and with a little bit of faerie dust made a faerie-Biscuit 😏 

Faer·ie/fair·y 1. a lovely, friendly being who has little/no downfalls. 

"Biscuit" 

Available for adoption!

This week its the effort that counts! Here's hoping that Biscuit will get scooped up into someones loving arms by the weekend!

I expect it will be a very magical ride around the blog circle this week! Up next is Nancy Kieffer Photography serving Central New York, Adirondacks and beyond

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week 5

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Depth of Field"


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If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


Week 5 is all about the depth of field in an image. This is the area that appears sharp or in focus within a photo. Making a photograph (versus taking one) is all about decisions. How much or how little of the image is in focus is but one decision.  Are you drawn to soft dreamy images  or do you like the entire image to be in focus? The photographer has control of this aspect and can use it to her/his advantage to make a more impactful photograph. At the shelter I always make the decision to shoot with a shallow depth of field as I want any distracting background elements to be thrown out of focus.

It was super cold here all week and the dog handlers at the shelter were not really into staying out any longer than necessary. So, Teddy and I took to our backyard to capture a series of images to demonstrate our theme. Picture me laying on the ground in 13 degree weather with winds gusting at 17mph....My neighbors likely think I am a crazy person. Look at the horizon line and notice how with each successive image the background becomes clearer and clearer.  And yes, I have scheduled his next haircut!

f/2.8

f/6.3

f/16

And... just because I couldn't possibly let a week go by without sharing my current shelter crush, here he is, shot with a shallow depth of field. (I love his freckles!!!!)

" Spot", Chihuahua mix -1 y.o., 10 lbs

f/2.8

Available!

 f/2.8

Up next in our circle is Shelly Ellis, pet photographer, Studio and location, Orangevale and greater Sacramento Area

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week4

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Catchlights"


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If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


Week 4 is here already and this week our global group of pet photographers are focusing on "catchlights". Catchlights are those beautiful little sparkles in the eyes caused by the reflection of the light source. Without them an animals eyes can seem flat and lifeless. Light sources vary from window light or an artificial light source such as a flash or strobe to the sun or even the big open sky. 

This week we had a mix of rain and sleet and dull grey winter skies for my shelter shoot. All our snow has melted too. Not ideal as the light is a little flat but I prefer it over full sun. I worked outside & used the big grey sky as my light source, typically positioned behind me. Always at the mercy of Mother Nature. 

Max, 5 month old pitty puppy with razor sharp teeth!

Available

To get more light in the dogs eyes, position him/her looking upward. See how much more light is hitting Max's eyes.

 

Potato, 7 month old lab mix, Adorable!

Available 

Quinn, 2 year old hound mix

Returned after 24 hours, not yet available

Quinn is my current shelter crush. I don't know the details on how she ended up at the shelter except that she was pulled from another rescue. She was adopted same day she went up and was returned 24 hrs later. She is an active, playful, lovable girl and her adopters were in over their heads, likely an impulse decision based on her beauty. I too am taken with her beauty. So much so I am having an internal discussion in my head on why its not a good idea for us to adopt her right now. She needs work on her leash skills but listened well and sat on command when I asked her. With training she is likely to be the perfect dog. Sigh. Shelter crushes are hard on the psyche and there is always another one right behind my current one. She resembles the @wellettas dogs . Check them out on Insta if you don't know who I'm referring to -her feed is lovely!

Last but not least I decided to try out my new Profoto A1 studio light while Bruiser was nesting in his usual place. There is natural light from the window behind him providing backlight (still dull & dreary outside). This threw his little self into shadow. I exposed for the window light and added light with the A1 mounted directly on my camera with the dome diffuser on it. It is very similar to a speed light except the light is round so the catchlight is small and circular. (Perfect size for Bru). For the photographers reading this the settings are provided below the image. With my shutter speed so high it defaulted to HSS which was cool as that is something my speed light cannot do. I used the histogram on the back of the camera to judge exposure. Bruiser is exposed correctly however in future I think I will use the dial on the back to reduce the power or narrow the beam of light as I am not liking the brightness of the added light in comparison to the window light. Or maybe it is the different colors of the light. Regardless it is always fun to play with new toys!☺️

 

1/800 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200

 

I expect if you're here, you love dogs, SO catchlights in their eyes are icing on the cake. Hop on over to https://www.siouxfallspetpics.com/blog/project-52-catchlights, SD to keep feasting your eyes!

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week3

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Fill The Frame"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


In week 3 we continue to work with composition by "filling the frame". This works well for shelter pet photography as it allows you to focus on the animal and remove distracting, unappealing items in the background like concrete and chain link. Winter scenes with their lack of color can also make the shelter look a bit dismal. Good images of puppies under 4 months of age are also a challenge as they are not permitted to be walked yet (health reasons). Close ups of puppies are a must but who's kidding who, they don't really need photos - they sell themselves as you will see.

"Dianna", 8 week old Shepherd mix

Adoption Pending ADOPTED!

"Clark", 8 week old Shepherd mix

Adoption Pending ADOPTED!

I also met this sweet lady. Her size made it easy to "fill the frame". The latest snowfall made for a complimentary background to her coloring. Sadie has not completed her evaluations yet so is listed as unavailable. However there is a couple interested in her and have been visiting the shelter regularly waiting for her status to change! It's first come first served so fingers crossed they get first dibs!

 

"Sadie", 5 year old Mastiff mix

"Not yet Available " Adopted!

In December the shelter launched a new website design and feature photographs show best when cropped square. I have had to adjust my shooting style to accommodate this change. Here is an example of a landscape orientation cropped to square. The resulting crop also allowed me to fill the frame.

"Polo", 3 year old Dachshund mix

"Not yet available"

This next image of Dianna also fills the frame and allows the viewer a glimpse of what its like for a puppy in a shelter. These types of images are often used to tug at your heartstrings. Nice to see both pups on their way out the door to someones happy home❀️

We are experiencing seriously cold temps and snow here in Indy. Since I wasn't sure if I would be able to get any useable images at the shelter I also had our dogs doing a little modeling.

 Teddy & Bruiser

Shelter Update: My January shelter crush "Roxana" made an appearance on a local television show on Tuesday and was adopted on Wednesday! So happy for her!! So who will be my next crush? Stay tuned as they're sure to be featured in the upcoming weeks πŸ˜

 

Head over to Tara Sutherland | Boutique Pet Photography in New Zealand for more of our fill the frame theme.

 

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week2

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Rule of Thirds"


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If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


The biggest rule in photography is there are no rules! That said, there are some proven guidelines that can be followed to enhance the impact of your image. The "rule of thirds" is one of these. Visually divide your image into 9 equal parts  - think of a tic tac toe grid! The rule of thirds says that you should place the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or at the points where they intersect. In pet photography I consider the eyes to be the most important element & will often use the rule of thirds to draw the viewers attention right to them. With online photo's of shelter dogs it is paramount that potential adopters feel an immediate connection, so much so they NEED to come in for a meet and greet right away!

Here are a few examples of how you can use the "rule of thirds" with your pet. (Taken this week at the shelter).

"Jericho", Nine month old Terrier/retriever mix. 

Available for adoption

 

"Bruce Wayne", 2 y.o. Hound mix. 

Adoption Pending!

 

"Roxana", 1 1/2 y.o. smooth collie mix.  

She made an appearance in last weeks blog & is still available πŸ˜”

 

There are >20 photographers participating this week so grab your cuppa Joe or glass of wine and enjoy! Next up in the circle is Shelly Ellis,  Pet Photographer-Studio and location Orangevale and greater Sacramento Area.

Until Next time,

Linda

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Week 1

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Blank Slate"


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BLANK SLATE: someone or something that is still in an original state and that has not yet been changed by people, experiences, etc.

  • She viewed her year as a blank slate, just waiting to be filled with .......

While this weeks theme makes perfect sense I have to admit I struggled with what this looks like for me. We have been gifted with a brand new year—with no mistakes in it yet, no heartbreaks and no failures.

2017 was a surprise year for me. Looking back at it now I see only accomplishments (I probably have blinders on). Chosen for a feature story on our local news station that was picked up by a syndicated pet show and ran for 2 weeks to multiple markets. Completed 3 pro bono commercial projects with Indy Humane. Named one of the top100 pet photography bloggers on the internet (thanks to this blog circle, 87/100, I'll take it), improved my photography skills and came closer to creating "my style".  No mistakes, no heartbreaks, no failures come to mind. Retirement + my photography is more than I could have imagined for myself.


My blank slate for 2018 starts with

  • saying YES to opportunities that come my way....especially the ones that scare me. 
  • making my work about MY passions
  • pursuing personal goals & projects (Dalmatian maybe)
  • And, I started journaling to capture my thoughts. This is supposed to free up my mind of "clutter" and make room for more creativity πŸ€“

I kicked off the year with a shelter shoot on the 3rd. Even though it was stupid cold I wanted snow shots, so I bundled up and made it happen! Here is the beautiful Roxana, a 2 year old lovable fawn girl looking for her BLANK SLATE. (I think Galgo but shelter lists as smooth collie, what do you think?).As always, I AM IN LOVE β˜ΊοΈ

 

Next up in the circle is Nancy Kieffer Photography servicing Syracuse, Adirondacks and beyond. 

Until Next time,

Linda

DogShotz Photography.com

 

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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"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


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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If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


"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 πŸ˜‰

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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If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


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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If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


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"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


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

DogShotzPhotography

 

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Week 30

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Shadow"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


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 πŸ™„

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. πŸ€“ 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

DogShotzPhotography

 

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Week 29

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "SKY"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


 

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

DogShotzPhotography

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Week 28

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Comic"


This is a blog circle!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


 

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

DogShotz Photography

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Week 27

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Bokeh"


This is a "blog circle"!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


 

Bokeh, pronounced  “boh-keh” comes from the Japanese word “boke” (ζšˆγ‘/γƒœγ‚±), 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

DogShotz Photography

 

 

 

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Week 26

Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project

Theme: "Leading Lines"


This is a "blog circle"!

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link, it will take you to the next very talented Pet Photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!


 

"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

DogShotz Photography

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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

DogShotz Photography

 

 

 

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