The theme for week 14 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “wide open spaces”.
In this time of COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing, I am so fortunate to have a wide-open space literally steps from my back door.
The gate from the backyard opens to a prairie field that I and the dogs walk almost every day. We never tire of the walk or the scenery as the field sings the song of each season so beautifully.
As it is… this time of year is perhaps the drabbest with leftover snow and much water laying about. These days, Lace and I tend to head out early while the frost still spikes the grass and the spring sun has yet to work its magic on the thin ice that covers the many puddles.
This morning, while I strolled and Lacie ran about, I heard a robin’s song as a flock of geese flew overhead. In these uncertain times, this field and our morning walk remind me that I have much to be grateful for.
I’ll sing my song to the wide open spaces
I’ll sing my heart out to the infinite sea
I’ll sing my visions to the sky high mountains
I’ll sing my song to the free, to the free.
~ Pete Townshend The Who – The Song is Over
The theme for week 13 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “shallow depth of field”.
In photography, the term depth of field simply refers to the area of the scene which appears well in focus. When the depth of field is small, or shallow, the image background and foreground appear blurred, with only a small area in focus. A wider depth of field keeps most of the scene in focus.
A shallow depth of field is often used to isolate the subject from its environment while adding a pleasing artsy feel to the photograph. Obtaining the desired focus does take a little practice but the end results can be strikingly beautiful.
When photographing pets, I often strive for a shallow depth of field. I simply like the look and love how it makes the subject pop while adding some interest to the story being told.
The photo below is of our goofball, Odin. He had just come back from having his nails trimmed at the groomers. He did so well, and I was so proud of him. He, in turn, was exhausted!
And last but never least, here are a few recent hopefuls from the shelter. A shallow depth of field, with the resulting blurred backgrounds, in conditions where the backdrops are limited, allows for a much more pleasing adoption photo.
This week my heart is heavy. For the first time in many years, I will not be going into Winnipeg Animal Services to photograph the adoptable dogs. The COVID-19 pandemic has the shelter closing its doors to the public. Sadly, but understandably, this includes the volunteers. During this trying time, the amazing staff will continue to provide excellent care for the dogs. Adoption requests are being done by phone only.
No one, it seems, is left unaffected in this unprecedented time.
Stay safe, stay well.
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” ~ George Lucas
Welcome to week 17 of the Pet Photographers Project 52 blog circle. This week’s theme is “Play Time”.
Our girl, Lacie, loves to play ball but not much of anything else. She has never played with toys and has never had much interest in other dogs… that’s just who she is.
Enter Odin, our foster pup.
Odin bonded with Lacie from day one and in many ways, she saved him. With her help, he soon became comfortable in our home and over time came to trust us humans as well.
Once he felt safe and relaxed… it was time to play. And play he did.. with everything from shoes to toilet paper. Eventually, he discovered the wonder of toys and was quick to share this fun with Lacie.
Odin literally has taught Lacie how to play.
Now much of their day revolves around playtime, either with each other or with whatever toy happens to be in their path.
Life is good… and the world is a happy place.
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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