In Category: Project 52

I'm back with my Project 52; this time with the subject of water!  Water to me immediately brings to mind our favorite dog park - Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline.  There are beautiful views from this landscaped 23-acre park in Richmond, CA. This is one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation with over 500,000 dog visits per year!  So off we went!  First we pooped the dogs out on a long walk and posed them on a picnic table (can't think of a better use for a picnic table!)  so you could get a feel for this scope of this great place!  Those are more doggie people behind Jack and Julie.  There are spots for pups to swim (we try to avoid them, but Jack and Julie had other ideas!), a cafe and a dog wash shop!  But the best thing to me is the view at sunset

For this week's Project 52 Challenge, I had to give Jack and Julie some work to do.  I needed them to take some selfies!  Julie was all over this fun job, but Jack was having none of it.  Julie decided to use some vintage hats I had found for her self portraits! Julie then talked Mr. Grumpypants into a selfie of the two of them.  I could hear her say "One, Two, Three - LOOK MISERABLE!!" Now let's check out the selfies from  Spotty Nose Pet Photography in Los Angeles, California.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each page until you end up back here! Have fun!

This week I selected the topic, which is bloopers!  I think mixing cameras, sometimes nervous owners, goofy pets, strange surroundings and funny noises creates the 'perfect storm' of possibilities for bloopers.  As this Project 52 is dedicated to Jack and Julie, here is my sad attempt at getting an action shot of both pups in the studio using my remote trigger. Fine job here!! My favorite set of bloopers came a few weeks ago when 15 cats came to my studio for their own adoption photos for Umbrella of  Hope.  We wanted to attempt an image where one whole family of mom and her kittens would be in one shot.  I knew that was next to impossible, so I put my camera on a tripod, set the focus and did not touch any settings while I first photographed mom on the top, then three kittens in the top drawer and finally

This week's Project 52 fun weekly topic is 'comics.'  We had a lot of flexibility here to either depict a comic strip character or process our image to look like it belonged in a comic.  I choose to process this image of Jack and Julie as though it was in a comic strip.  I was inspired to look by the work of Roy Lichtenstein, painter and illustrator, who favored comic strips as his main inspiration. And after many minutes (many, many minutes) manipulating this image in Photoshop, I ended up with this!  Julie was recovering from a nasty spider bite and Jack just could not look at her anymore. That image of Jack and Julie took a little time to do (like forever), so after all that experimenting, I tried another image of sweet Santa's Little Helper looking at her owner (replaced by a red balloon!). This one went much faster!   Here

ROAD TRIP!  This week's project 52 topic is Summertime and to me that means Road trip!  We headed out to Rodeo Beach north of San Francisco for our trip.  Weather was not too cooperative, but any rain we get in dry California is always welcome! Trip began with the pups safely tethered in the car.  Please note the shape of the 'chew proof' beds!  :) We knew we were in for a treat as we saw the Golden Gate Bridge when we exited a tunnel! When we reached the beach the pups got busy!  Julie ran between the beautiful rock formations. Jack discovered the most wonderful little creatures.  There  were 1000's of them on the beach.  I had never seen one before but with a little research discovered that they are Velella velella and have washed ashore from Oregon to California for the first time in years.  You can read more about the little guys

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.   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

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. 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: Once again this weekly project has encouraged me to try something new!  

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! This is Jack's mug, covered with little spit bubbles

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

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: I photographed them from the side to see them in profile: Julie's coat right now is especially fluffy, so she got one of her paws showcased! 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!