This week’s Project 52 topic really got me thinking.  ‘Through Their Eyes’ can mean so many things!  I decided to show the lovely view we get when walking Jack and Julie at the local park just three blocks from my home.  It is full of oak trees and colorful grasses and has a gorgeous view.  I have photographed clients on this bench many times, but this is the first time I just had my hubby and the two pups sit there in silence and just look around.  I can imagine that Jack and Julie were hoping to spot a deer, a jogger or another pup.

last night 2 Jack and Julie 52   Through Their Eyes

 

It is now time to see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme.  Next up is Cynthia Wood of Georgian Bay Studios in Toronto, Ontario.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here!

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Each week a group of international pet photographers tackles a new topic!  This week was ‘magic.’  I decided to depict an enchanted scene made possible by the ‘magic’ of Photoshop.  I envisioned a horrible King Crow stealing away with a golden bone.

Enchanted Forest Jack and Julie 52   Magic

This isn’t my Jack or Julie of course;  this is sweet Santa, a mini greyhound.  She was in the studio this week and I thought this image would be perfect for what I was planning.  I searched the internet and found an image of a crow and an enchanted forest (Photo Credit Crow:  Violet Klenert and Photo Credit Forest:  Tara Naomi).  Then with the use of Photoshop brushes for the bone, grass and twinkles, lots of masking, color adjustments and blending modes in Photoshop and a nice grungy texture,  this was created.  These are the source images:

Enchanted Forest Images Jack and Julie 52   Magic

Once again this weekly project has encouraged me to try something new!     Now let’s see how other pet photographers interpreted this magical theme.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here.  First up is Spotty Nose Pet Photography in Los Angeles.   Have a magical time!

 

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If you give it some thought,  I am sure every one of you can name a favorite feature of your pet; a look, an eye, or sweet little toes.  One of the things I appreciate so much about this weekly Project 52, is that it almost forces me to think about and photograph things I should be photographing anyway!  So this week’s topic – details, was an absolute joy to photograph and now I can share with you some of my favorite features of Jack and Julie!  These were all photographed with my Micro 105 so I could get in nice and close!

First up is Julie’s profile – I think this captures her intelligence, kindness and keen awareness. She never misses a thing and almost exudes caring. I think this is one of the reasons she is such a wonderful therapy dog!

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This is Jack’s mug, covered with little spit bubbles in anticipation of treats.  He is my worrier and you can almost sense his ‘wondering’ expression here.

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This is Julie’s eye; I love how random  eyebrows have always curled over her eyes.

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Jack’s nose!  Did you know that Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are identified in the wild by photos of their noses?  Well I think that Jack has a most recognizable nose too!  The freckles, this little hairs, the glistening moisture.  Can you tell I am smitten??

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No ‘details’ portrayal of a golden retriever would be complete without a smile – and here is Julie’s!

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I hope you have enjoyed this look into some of my favorite features of my two goldens, siblings Jack and Julie.  Now let’s see how other pet photographers around the world have captured the ‘details’ of their pets!  First up is  Barking Lab Studio, New Jersey dog photography.  Don’t forget, this is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post to head to the next photographer until you end up back here!  Enjoy!

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This week’s Project 52 topic was perfect timing for me.  I too often grab my off camera flash instead of using a reflector.  I fear the reflector will get blown over or will scare the dogs or….some other excuse.  In reality, a reflector can be incredibly easy to work with, especially if you can attach it to a light stand.  I use a California Sunbounce reflector – white on one side and silver on the other.  With a special attachment I can mount it on a stand and not worry about it (unless it is windy!).

This is Julie and Jack properly exposed with the help of this reflector’s silver side:

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Here is the exact same exposure without the reflector and a pull back of my reflector location:

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Reflector pull back Jack and Julie 52   Reflector

That worked really well!  I need to remind myself to grab the Sunbounce as  I head out the door.   Now let’s reflect on how other pet photographers around the world incorporated reflectors into their pet photography.    This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here starting with Amyranth Pet Photography, San Francisco Bay Area, California .  Happy Travels!

 

 

 

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Hello and Happy Friday!  I am back with my Jack and Julie 52, a weekly project featuring my pups where a new topic is selected each week by a different pet photographer.  This week’s challenge was paws!  How fun is that? We took Jack and Julie and their favorite little buddy Piper out for this fun photo assignment.

We lined up the pups like this:

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I photographed them from the side to see them in profile:

Paws 2 Jack and Julie 52   Paws

Julie’s coat right now is especially fluffy, so she got one of her paws showcased!

Paws Jack and Julie 52   Paws

Not let’s see how other pet photographers around the world photographed this fun topic!  First up is Raleigh dog photographer, Tara Lynn, owner of InBetween the Blinks Photography.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle until you end up here!

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Hello and Happy Friday!  I am back with my Jack and Julie 52, a weekly project featuring my pups where a new topic is selected each week by a different pet photographer.  This week’s challenge was to incorporate doors  into our pet photography.  I felt it only right that I include our very own front door with their cute little faces poking out just hoping a walk is about to begin!

Front Door 2 Jack and Julie 52   Doors

And then I headed into the archives to share my all time favorite door image.  This is Jack at UC Berkeley in front of a most majestic door!

Door Jack and Julie 52   Doors

 

Now let’s see how other pet photographers around the world interpreted this fun theme starting with Cynthia Wood of  Georgian Bay Studios in  Toronto, Ontario.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here! Happy circling!

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It is Jack and Julie Project 52 time!  In conjunction with other pet photographers, we take on a weekly challenge, all post our images and then link to each other in  blog circle.  I am regularly inspired by the wonderful work of my colleagues!     This week we all focused on indoor photography.  I love using light modifiers of the electronic kind – flashes and strobes, but I held back this week and went au naturel !

I can’t imagine an indoor image of Jack and Julie that did not somehow include our bed, our BIG bed, and good thing it is big because all 150 pounds of these pups somehow manage to worm their way on the bed each night.  As they are shedding machines, our bed always has a light colored sheet on top.  I figure if I can’t see the hair, it isn’t there!  And people wonder why I have gold carpet?  Ok, I digress … here are Julie and Jack on their bed, I mean our bed.

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My favorite spot to see them when I arrive home is sitting on our front window seat.  They love to watch the world go by!

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This last image is a perfect example of an image where I would have normally utilized off camera flash to properly expose the pups and the bright exterior. No extra light presents challenges!  Metering on the pups would have resulted in a blown out exterior scene and metering on the outside would have resulted in very dark dogs.   Instead, I took five bracketed exposures which I merged in Photoshop utilizing Pro HDR processing.  HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing allows for proper exposure of images where the range of light is too great to be captured in a single exposure – like this image of Jack and Julie! Properly exposed portions from each image are combined to end up with one well exposed photo.   Many HDR images look very contrasty and artificially bright, but they certainly do not need to be!   Here are two examples from the bracketed set. Can you see how neither of them would have worked?

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Now let’s see what other pet photographers produced indoors!  Click on the link at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here!  First up is Blue Amrich Studio in Massachusetts.  Happy circling!

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I participate in a weekly photography project with many other pet photographers all over the world.  Each week we are challenged with a new topic.  The topic for this week’s blog circle is ‘repetition’ or finding a way to use some sort of repeating element to add interest to our photos, whether it’s an object, a pattern, or whatever else we can think of.  I began a very personal photography project last year that has the repeating element of a therapy vest!   I am working on a book called ‘Hug Tails, Portraits of Therapy Pets.’  I am photographing these wonderful dogs and cats in my studio and ‘at work.’  This week I had the pleasure of photographing Toby, Portia and Cara, all wearing that beautiful vest.  As much as the vest is a repeating element, I am striving for the images themselves be unique and reflective of the animals’ hearts!

This is Portia and Cara -

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This is Toby -

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It has been a few weeks since I have been able to participate in the weekly blog circle, and during that time, my boy Jack was accepted into our Therapy Program!  Here is his handsome, proud  self!

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His sister, Ms. Serious Julie (at least in this image) has been a therapy dog for two years.  I just had to photograph them together!

Therapy 3 Jack and Julie 52   Repetition

If you would like to see a brief video of my early work on this project, here it is! (Helps to increase the quality to HD).

Now it is time to check out how other pet photographers incorporated this fun theme.  Let’s start with Patricia  Corl of  Field and Ranch Photography in Dallas, Texas.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!  Happy repeating!

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Every week a group of wonderful pet photographers are challenged with a new topic.  This week’s challenge was dramatic lighting.  My studio lends itself to this type of lighting and I had a lot of fun trying out some different lighting set-ups.

The first main light modifier I tried was a snoot.  A snoot physically narrows light into a small spot beam.  Doesn’t that sound dramatic?  This is a photo of a snoot (photo credit Paul C. Buff Inc.).

snoot Jack and Julie 52   DramaFirst up was princess Julie.  I lit her with a strip grid from behind and a snoot as a main light in the front (each at 45 degrees from her).  1/200 – f8 – ISO 200.  Dramatic?  Yes.  Do I like it?  No.  I don’t like the harsh shadow it throws to the side of her muzzle.  So I knew I needed to try something that would still be dramatic, but provide a softer light.

Drama Julie  Jack and Julie 52   Drama

The next main light I tried was a strip grid as my main light opposite a strip grid in the back, effectively sandwiching Julie in between (thank you iPhone camera!):

Pull back Edit Jack and Julie 52   Drama

 

Julie was still cooperative, so here she is when positioned like the image above 1/200 – f9 – ISO 200:

Drama Julie 2 Jack and Julie 52   Drama

This setup throws off a much softer, yet still dramatic light.  I felt I could use a little more light from the strip grid in the back, so I turned it up a bit and brought in my drama king Jack.  I have never met a dog that could look more ‘woe is me’ than this pup!  But don’t fall for his woeful look; he loves helping and jumps right into position!  Next time I would aim the strip grid in the back just a tad higher so there is more separation from the background  at the top of his head.  But I like this look a lot!  1/200 – f9 – ISO 200.  I added a texture to add some interest to the background.

Drama Jack Jack and Julie 52   Drama

This was fun!  I prefer the softer light of great big softboxes that wrap around the dog, but this was great to try.  Let’s see how other pet photographers around the world had fun with this week’s topic!  Click on the link at the bottom of each page to reach the next photographer and follow all the  links until you arrive back here!  First up is  Colorado pet photographer, StinkDog Photos.

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This week’s fun Project 52 topic is Action!  Little 4 month old Ripley came over this week for the second in his Puppy Series Studio Sessions.  I usually wear out puppies with Jack and Julie before each session in the back yard but it was too wet for that (YAY – rain in California!).  So after our session, Ripley let ‘er rip with my pups.  While Jack and Julie are siblings, their personalities are quite different.  Dogs know not to mess with Julie – she throws off this ‘that’s enough you knucklehead’ vibe.  Jack on the other hand, seems to always be wearing a ‘beat me up, I love it’ sign!  So beat up Jack he did, under Julie’s supervision of course!

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You might be wondering if we had any ‘action’ in the studio with little Ripley!  Well, yes we did, especially when he discovered mom’s cool and delicious pony tail!

pony tail Jack and Julie 52   Action

Now let’s see some action from other pet photographers! This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here.  Should be a wild ride!  First up is awesome Field and Ranch Photography in Dallas, Texas

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