Welcome to the blog circle! This week we focus on brown and luckily, I have a brown dog and ferret :). However, I didn’t just take photos of them in any environment, I found brown to use with them, Spud almost blends into the sofa!
This week we are looking at head tilts.
Spud used to do a good head tilt when he was younger and I tried to give it a cue, which he gets, but it’s usually a half effort! His best ones usually are when I don’t have a camera handy!
Another fun blog post this week. Capturing ‘ a day in the life’
At the moment, a daily routine with Spud consists of getting him used to lots of different things and training.
We usually start the day on average at 6/7am, sometimes earlier. He has his breakfast, and after he’s finished goes back to sleep until Bailey comes down.
The day before I had taken these photos we did our first off lead walking and had puppy socialisation in the evening, so lots for him to take in. Knowing he doesn’t go too crazy off lead I let him ‘off ‘as soon as it was safe (I have a long line trailing behind just in case on the cycle track but in fields he’s completely free as I know he’s ok)
The track is a great place for him to meet new dogs and people and he was introduced to two 18month Boxers who were bigger than he expected but he handled it really well after initially trying to hide. I’m always appreciative of people stopping to talk to him, with or without dogs.
Next I went to do some recall training, and a few ‘leave it’s’. He’s doing really well and even found a tennis ball, so win – win for him!
One thing he didn’t expect was the noise Geese make.. A tractor had crossed the river and sent two Geese who were resting flying. I thought they were going to come and get us, and I think Spud did too!
Once home, he had a rest and time for lunch. Another great opportunity for training as he is learning to wait after his bowl is placed.
My niece was here so I expected him to be hyped up, but he was good and took himself off to sleep when he wanted to. Afternoons I make sure he gets as much sleep as he can if he’s had a busy morning, and if needed, we play games or learn tricks in the evening to keep his mind busy.
After that it’s bed time for a well deserved proper sleep!
Next up we have Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD
What a difficult theme this week!
I almost backed out of this one, but with some encouragement from fellow circle members I decided to give it a go. These are in no way brilliant as I was completely stumped. I don’t really have a favourite song, and if I did I wouldn’t know where to start in combining it into pet photography!
Stuck, I decided to look at my Spotify playlist and picked some songs that may work. After editing, I’m left with just the two; ‘Teach Me Tonight’ and ‘Funhouse’.
Teach Me Tonight is an ‘oldie’, but covered by loads of different artists. It was published in 1953, 41 years before I was born. I have a trick book, and thought teaching.. that will do! Spud is learning that the desk is where he sits and looks pretty which is good!
Obviously learning is tiring work.. here’s a little outtake – you can see I had Prince to battle with too as he thinks it’s his job to be a model!
The ‘Funhouse’ song by P!nk is one that’s fun – especially live – but the reason I chose this song is because of the lyrics, ‘Oh, I’m crawling through the doggy door
My key don’t fit my lock no more’ and Spud has an obsession with the cat flap.. so not exactly a ‘doggy door’ but he’s crawling through it!
Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD might have a better interpretation of the theme – check it out!
A little bonus – look at his expression, I think he found a trick that was a bit too adventurous for him!
Welcome back to the weekly blog.
The theme is minimalist, and whilst I initially thought it would be quite a challenge. I did remember that I had grey walls and a white desk which might help!
I love outdoor images and was wondering how to do a minimalist photo in our garden.. I think it’d probably looked nice on a dock or wide bridge – neither of which I have in the garden! Spud sat down in the shadows on the path, so I over exposed the background which helps!
Still not as clean as I had wanted though, so I took him back in and used the desk and wall.
Then to be even more minimalistic, off came the collar.
To see more minimalism visit Linda from VP Shoots Photography servicing the Tampa Bay area
Until next week!
A fun theme this week as we explore wide angle, I can’t wait to see what people have come up with as there are so many possibilities. Most of my ideas went out the window but I have a few!
We were told to use the widest length we had to hand – the widest focal length I can use is at 18mm so all photos have been shot at that length.
We’ve had sun all week, with snow, and very cold temperatures! Apart from the cold, these are brilliant shooting conditions!
Here’s my model in training, Spud. He’s a Lab x Collie and a complete natural in front of the camera! We can’t go out properly yet, as he has had his injections late but I can’t wait to get him out and about. For now though we can use the garden.
I found it very hard to shoot wide angle in landscape when shooting blind so I opted for portrait with them as it was much easier. Also being low to the ground makes him look quite bigger, a good way to change the perspective when using wide angle. I did imagine being on the beach and getting lovely photos there.
Using wide angles allows more of the environment to be captured, however I don’t particularly think the garden is as nice as it is in summer! If we were out on location it would be a different story! For this next image the background was the house, and I really didn’t want to leave this image out but didnt like the house. I borrowed a background from here and found it much better, it was still with the 18mm!
One landscape example shows how much of the scene you can fit in, can you spot the hidden friend?
Going wide also gives you more chance to capture a sequence of shots too!
Of course going wide means you can get fun shots like this!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog from me. Head on to our next contributor, Nancy Kieffer Photography serving Central New York, the Adirondacks and beyond
I can’t believe we’re on the 4th theme of the year!
This time we’re concentrating on catchlights and I love the opportunities of this one.
Catchlights are what makes your subject come alive. If you have good lighting – artificial or natural, and you have your animal in the right spot you can get some lovely ones. We ideally want to have the same amount in both eyes.
Here is the return of Finn. I got the chance to get some more photos on Monday, although typically, the sun came out when I was at home editing! I also started off on a bad note due to an infected eye. I had no contact lens in my dominant eye, so when I came to look through the viewfinder, I was baffled as to why the camera wasn’t focusing. I checked the AF, took the lens off and turned the camera on and off… The penny finally dropped and changed eyes!
Still, here in Finns eyes we see lovely catchlights – caused by a window!
I love any opportunity to photograph dogs so when we took Finn out for his walk I was hoping we’d get some nice weather and get some nice catchlights – instead it rained. I did get this though – placing him in front of the clouded sun with a slight enhancement in post!
One thing that reminds me of Finn is his drool, and while we usually remove such things from photos, I actually added more in the below shot because it was just him! Catchlight wise – these aren’t great due to the lightest part of the sky being behind, so it shows that the placing of your subject helps!
Finn belongs to the lovely Marion. a dog behaviour consultant! Check out what she does here!
For more catchlights head on over to Courtney from CM Bryson Photography – a pet photographer service the Metro Atlanta in Georgia