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Project 52 – Week 9: Wide Angle

Project 52 – Week 9: Wide Angle

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.

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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!

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One landscape example shows how much of the scene you can fit in, can you spot the hidden friend? web d

Going wide also gives you more chance to capture a sequence of shots too!

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Of course going wide means you can get fun shots like this!

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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

Project 52 – Week 6: Fantasy

Project 52 – Week 6: Fantasy

It’s fantasy week here at the blog circle!

I’ve had to cheat this time as I had taken the photos but couldn’t do anything with them, and I’m trying to keep from looking at the computer too long! However, I reworked an image I made last year, and although may not be quite to the theme, I think it’s very cute!

Here’s Oliver, my first ever ferret. I now have 6, but in 2012 I got the opportunity to take this chap home and it’s been a blast ever since. He’s getting on now so I want to include him at least once!

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It’s also been a cold week here so felt like a warm image might help cheer things up a bit. The other photo’s I had taken had a blue theme as they were going to feature this stunning boy!

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I’m sure the rest of the blog circle have come up with some very interesting images, start off with Darlene with Pant the Town Pet Photography serving MA and NH

 

Project 52 – Week 5: Depth of Field

Project 52 – Week 5: Depth of Field

Welcome back to the weekly blog circle!

It’s a quick one from me this week as I can’t see properly – apologies as the photos haven’t even been edited nicely.

I’ll let the images do the talking, but we’re concentrating on depth of field this week, which simply put is how much of your image is in focus. The main way to adjust your DoF is by changing your aperture. In these next photos I placed the cats somewhere cluttered that I could use to explain. Using a large aperture firstly, then a smaller one you can see how the background becomes less and more distracting. I stayed in the same spot for both.

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I like shallow DoF mostly but that can have its problems as sometimes you can’t get all the subject in focus and it’s much easier to miss!

You can also use DoF for telling a story, or bringing the viewers attention to something.

For more examples of Depth of Field head on over to Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography, fetching family portraits in Coppell, Texas and surrounding cities in the Dallas – Fort Worth area

Project 52: Week 4/ Catchlights

Project 52: Week 4/ Catchlights

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!

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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!

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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!

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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

Project 52 – Week 1: Blank Slate

Project 52 – Week 1: Blank Slate

Happy New Year! I cant wait to see where this year takes The Hoof & Hound Photographer. I have some exciting things lined up however, and feel like there will be a lot more variety in my work!

The first blog circle of the year and it’s a full one!

This week the theme is blank slate, so we got to choose what we did. The weather has been very dismal here so I didn’t get chance to go and bribe our dog for being a model – he isn’t a fan of winter!

Although not pets, I feel as though I can take advantage of the theme as I would love to branch out into more nature photos! For the past few weeks we have had a couple of Pheasants visiting the garden, they come each year which is always lovely! Yesterday (Thursday) they brought a female with them, but I decided to leave photos as she was looking very nervous!

Taking photos of these guys is quite difficult as I’m crouched on the floor peeking through the cat flap!

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I hope you have enjoyed looking at this handsome bird!

Take a look at what Tara Sutherland | Boutique Pet Photography in New Zealand has come up with and carry on round the circle 🙂

Until next time!