Project 52 | Week 19 – Leading Lines

The theme for week 19 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “leading lines”.

In photography, leading lines refers to a composition technique where lines are used to lead to and/or emphasized the subject, thereby enhancing the story. Leading lines can be found everywhere… roadways, fences, shadows, rivers, the list is endless.

Here are some examples captured, with Odin and Lacie, on our morning walk.

For fun, here is a quick outtake of Lacie and Odin as they broke their “stay”.

Still within the lines. :)

“Every line tells its own story, even the very tentative ones.” ~ Gillian Redwood

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Leading Lines”, visit Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell, Carrollton and the greater Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Project 52 | Week 18 – Let There Be Light

The theme for week 18 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “let there be light”.

Without light, there is no photography and it is the art of playing with the light that brings life and emotion to an image, thereby creating a story.

The first light that comes to mind, and especially with my camera in hand, is the gorgeous morning light. With the longer days, capturing the sunrise is becoming more ambitious, but walking with my dogs in the early morning is something that we do every day.

Spring is starting to make itself known. The snow is gone but it is still too early for the green that is promised.

None-the-less. the new warmth and lovely light bring fresh stories every day.

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” ~ John Berger

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Let There Be Light”, visit Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell and surrounding communities in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

52 Weeks – February

I am a member of two “52 Week” photography groups on Flickr. One project has Lacie as the weekly subject while the other has anything (but dogs) as the subject. These are the submitted photos for February.

Week 6

Lacie is feeling “oh so pretty” after her grooming.

While out for a morning walk at sunrise, I noticed the most beautiful full snow moon about to set in the west. I love it when the sun and moon share the same sky.

Week 7

It has been a windy and very cold week… probably the coldest it has been all winter. This photo was taken on the one fairly calm, relatively mild day but still, the photo session was short… too cold for posing and stillness.

Winter is still very much with us… -22C this morning.

Week 8

Its the end of the day and time to simply relax.

Nothing but blue skies and bulrushes…

Week 9

The bulrushes and snow make the perfect background for Lacie

A touch of hoarfrost turns the mundane into the beautiful.

February is the border between winter and spring. ~ Terri Guillemets

Related Links:
52 Weeks For Dogs – Flickr group
52 Weeks For NOT Dogs – Flickr group

Project 52 | Week 15 – Leash Begone

It is week 15 of the Pet Photographer’s Project 52 blog circle and this week’s theme is “leash removal”.

At Animal Services, special considerations and precautions are taken to protect the young pups. For this reason, their photos are done inside and in a controlled environment… often in the exam room. I definitely need a helper here and all the pups are usually sporting a lead of some kind. As a result, leash removal is usually a part of my post-processing workflow.

PhotoShop has some amazing tools that make leash removal quick and easy. The ones I tend to use the most are the spot healing brush tool, the patch tool and occasionally the cloning tool.

Here are some recent examples…

Most of the adult dogs have their photos taken in the outdoor enclosure where leashes aren’t required. But Occasionally a lead is still needed if the dog is a bit skittish or has had a recent medical procedure.

When out and about with Lacie I often use a long lead. It gives her more freedom and most importantly, keeps her safe.

For more examples of leash removal, simply follow the links on the Project 52 Pet Photographers blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing, visit Kim with BARKography based in Charlotte NC. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

“Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?” ~ Robert Breault

Project 52 | Week 13 – Urban

It’s week 13 of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. This week’s theme is “Urban”.

It doesn’t appear that I am going to be spending much dog time in an urban center this week so I decided to have some composite fun with this digital cityscape background instead. Once more, Lacie is my model.

“There’s an energy in an urban core that you just don’t get anywhere else.”
~ Dan Gilbert

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Urban”, visit Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA and surrounding areas. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Project 52 – Portrait

The theme for week 12 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “Portrait”.

In photography, a portrait is usually a representation of a person often depicting only the face and shoulders. The art of it comes in capturing not only the likeness but also the essence of the subject.

At Animal Services, when doing the adoption photos, I try to capture the dog’s personality in three photos. The first is a portrait, the second a full body shot and the third is hopefully a fun shot.. all taken in the hopes of having a potential adopter take a second look.

With the portraits, I have certain criteria that I try to meet. The first is to have the dog look straight into the lens. I want there to be a connection between this dog and the viewer and nothing does this better than puppy dog eyes. The second is to have the ears up… not folded back. Ears-up translates into a happy, relaxed dog. I wish I could also insist on a smile… and sometimes I do actually get one… but in the shelter environment, this is a bonus.

Here are some of our recent beauties…

When capturing pets with their people the objectives of the portrait are a little different… it’s all about the love.

With my own dogs, the portraits are more relaxed and candid… more about capturing moments. These photos are our memories and mean everything to me.

This one is of our foster dog, Odin. We have had him for two weeks and he is making slow but steady progress. He is such a gentle, goofy boy.

And last, but never ever least, my lovely Lacie, taken after playing in the snow… my heart.

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” ~ Edward Steichen

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Portrait”, visit Jo Lyons Photography, the down-to-earth dog loving photographer for cherished dogs of Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle and the Great Lakes Region of NSW. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!