It is Project 52 time! This week I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  where we  collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment. This week  we have all been asked to do something we sometimes do by accident and then have to  fix – over process an image!  So when you follow this week’s blog circle you can expect to see some pet photographers really cutting loose and letting the creativity fly! Mine will get crazier as you go down the page!

I started with Jack in a nice, handsome pose!  (This was shot against black seamless paper using two Alien Bee’s – main light to my right, reflector to my left and another strobe as a hair light (fur light?)  in a strip box with grid behind Jack and to my left.)

1 Jack start Project 52   OVER post processing

Next up a simple black and white conversion but with detail enhanced (Nik Color Efex Pro 4- Bleach bypass, converted to BW in Lightroom)

2 bw Project 52   OVER post processing

My favorite creative processing for pet photos is with Digital Anarchy’s Toon It.   I have been using this for a few years and have developed my own presets that don’t look too cartoony, but  definitely have an artistic twist!

3 Toon it my own play Edit Project 52   OVER post processing

I love textures on my images when shot on a plain background.  This is ‘Dirty Old Man’ (cover your ears Jack) from Light Camera Actions Texture Pack.    I masked Jack back in the texture, color and desaturation layers.

4 texture Project 52   OVER post processing

Sometimes a dramatic photo  just calls for some dramatic processing.  This is Topaz Lab’s Dramatic Setting in the Vibrant Collection (with some adjustments).

5 Topaz Drmatic Edit Project 52   OVER post processing

My vet tells me to watch the treats or Jack could end up looking like this – (Topaz Lab’s Lens Effects – Fisheye).

6 jack too many treats Project 52   OVER post processing

Years ago I found this great tutorial on Adobe’s website for how to posterize an image.  I have prints like this in my house!   This tutorial (from 2003- yes I was using Photoshop back then!)  was made for much earlier versions of Photoshop, but still works fine. I added finishing touches of beveling and embossing.   I can imagine Jack staring just like this at a butterfly!

JAck Colorful 2 Project 52   OVER post processing

 Finally, I would vote for Jack – would you??  This was done with Obama Poster Maker.

President Jack Project 52   OVER post processing

I can only imagine what the other pet photographers have done with this fun theme!  Let’s follow the blog circle around the world by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page until you end up back here!  First up is Candid K Nines in Windsor Ontario, Canada  Have fun!

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Julie Julie   Awarded her AKC Therapy Dog Title!

This is my dog Julie. She is almost three and was just awarded her AKC Therapy Dog Title.  This title is awarded after 50 therapy dog visits, which we reached earlier this year.  She has been a therapy dog for over a year now with The Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Hug Pack and East Bay Humane Society PALS Program. 

To become a Therapy Dog, Julie first had to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test  and then was evaluated by the two groups she participates with.  We visit a therapeutic nursery school, hospice and hospital patients and work with young readers at a local library.  She loves doing this and so do I!

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This week’s Project 52 challenge is ‘parts,’ or all the little bits of our pets that we love so much.  Piper,  a miniature Australian Labradoodle,  was in the studio this week and I took the extra time to focus on her adorable eyes, nose, feet and tail.  What a cutie!

Piper Parts 2 486x1024 Project 52   Piper Parts!

This is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme, click on the link on the bottom of each post until you get back here!  First up is Framing cats and dogs, Northumberland Pet Photographer.

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Chulo is now 7 months old.  He is almost 80 pounds and may have 40 more pounds to go!  Mom has been carefully saving these shoes so we can recreate this pose at about every 20 pounds.  True to his Burnese Mountain Dog breed, Chulo is  all fun loving goodness!

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This week’s Project 52 challenge is ‘negative space,” or the space around a subject.  I love to use negative space with a black background so you can imagine what the pup is looking at or thinking about.  I had a beautiful 7 month old in  this week who demonstrated this concept.  I think Chulo was thinking about all the trouble he could get into!

Chulo negative space Project 52   Negative Space

There are lots of ways to interpret this theme, and I think Julie would agree that the space in this cone is a most negative space!  (Don’t worry – she is fine;  just kept licking a spot on her leg until it got all yucked up).

Julie Lighting 1 Project 52   Negative Space

 

This is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers interpreted this theme, please follow the blog circle around the world, starting with Pet Photography in Clearwater, FL – Emma Grace Photography and follow the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!

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Project 52 time again where I have joined up with fellow pet photographers to concentrate on a new weekly  theme.  It was my turn to pick the theme, so this one was an easy pick.  I love big sky in anything.  But instead of my usual sunset or silhouette shots, I decided to break out my wide angle lens and capture beautiful clouds and blue sky (and Jack and Julie of course).  As the sun went down the sky just got more and more dramatic!

This is a blog circle so to see how other pet photographers interpreted this theme, start with the very talented  Melbourne Pet Photographer, Caitlin McColl   and click on the links at the bottom of each post to follow the circle back to here!  Have fun!

 

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Project 52 time again! Last week’s theme was ‘something new’ and I brought out a dusty old macro lens to try for the first time with pet photography.  I love it!  This week’s theme is ‘reflection,’ so I thought I would use that same macro lens with an extension tube to get even closer to capture the reflection of the sun in Jack’s eye.  What a good pup to put up with that lens in his cute face!

Jacks eye 2 Project 52   Reflection

This is a blog circle, so follow the links at the bottom of each post to see how other pet photographers interpreted this theme!  Start with For the Love Pet Photography in Portland, Oregon.

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It is Project 52 time again! This week  I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  to collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment.   This week’s assignment is “something new.”   As we are all continually learning, we were encouraged to try something we have not tried before!  Well that list of mine is pretty long, but one thing came immediately to mind.  I have an old Nikon 105mm Micro lens that I think I purchased around 2003.  While I have popped it out on a rare occasion to do some close-up photography of bugs and plants,  I have been told that it is also a nice portrait lens!  So this week’s challenge for me was to try that lens in the studio for both traditional portraits and close-up work.  So back to work  Jack and Julie went!

First up was the traditional portrait – with Jack working the camera.

Macro Composite Project 52   Something New!

Once I got used to the distance I needed to be from my guy, it worked pretty well.  But is that lens ever noisy!  It has two sets of elements moving around on cams grabbing focus.  The noise it made actually got Jack’s attention for a nano-second!  Then I moved in and photographed cute bits of Jack and Julie.   I think this might be the future for this lens.  It grabs focus pretty fast, so as long as the dog or cat will sit still for a bit, some regular close-up work is in my future!

Macro Composite 2 Project 52   Something New!

 

Don’t forget that this is a blog circle!  Click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here starting with Brentwood Dog Photography by Sweet Silver Photography.  Let’s see what new things were explored by other pet photographers all around the world!

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It is Project 52 time again! This week  I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  to collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment.   This week’s assignment is “April Showers Bring May Flowers.”   We were encouraged to think outside the box in case we were living in a part of the world with not many flowers in bloom right now.  Well that was not the case with me; my garden has gone bonkers and this is without many April showers!  Jack was up first looking his normal handsome self in front of a wall of roses.

Jack and Roses Project 52   April Showers bring May Flowers!

My Julie has been pretty sick the last week, so  I was not planning on tormenting her with some posing.  But she has been feeling better today and when Jack was done she sat right in his spot!  I think her expression shows she is not quite back to her goofy self.

Julie and Roses 2 Project 52   April Showers bring May Flowers!

Julie roses 3 Project 52   April Showers bring May Flowers!

This is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers around the world interpreted this great theme, head over to  Raleigh Pet Photographer, InBetween the Blinks  and follow the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!  And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

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When Tanner’s mom mentioned the various things she would like to have captured of her sweet dog, the first thing she said was “his helicopter ears!”  I tried to imagine what she meant, but it was not until I saw his handsome face that I got it!  What wonderful ears!  Tanner was wonderful inside and out.  Mom warned me that he LOVES his tennis ball..well he must loved me too because he kept bringing it back to me to toss!    I know he slept well after his photo shoot because we wore him out!

 

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