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Project 52 – Week 46 – Contentment

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Oregon City pet photographer Jayme Dukart selected this week’s theme of contentment, based on the following poem:

Contentment of the soul

Born within the kindest of hearts

That just live to give

Those that live with pets experience contentment on a daily basis, in my humble opinion.  My three dogs exhibit contentment every day, as they lay around the living room, surrounded by their people.  To them, that is the perfect life.  Oh yes, they’d appreciate being free-fed and having endless walks and unemployed humans, but they just ooze contentment when everybody is home.

I’ve just returned from a week of vacation, and my dogs spent time with good friends of mine.  Tonight is our first full night as a family unit again, and the dogs are clearly happy.

Grace and Jack Jack, snuggling as per the status quo.

What do you mean?  This is my happy face!  ~ Farley (who would be more content as an only dog)

I hope you’re sharing my dogs’ contentment! As this is a blog ring, please continue to Boston dog photographer Blue Amrich’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Blue’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 33 – Windows

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

This week’s theme as chosen by Sharon Stokes, a Central Coast pet photographer from Down Under, is windows.  This theme can either be straightforward or esoteric – it really depends on how you want to tackle it.  I think my photos are pretty straightforward, but unique too.  The idea might not be unique, but I think my execution is.  Without further ado, I present:

Reflections of Jack Jack

Jack Jack loves to sit in the window and monitor outdoor activity.  He barks when he feels it’s appropriate, and he insists on knowing who is going where.

If you look really closely, you can see Jack Jack’s reflection in the window.  I love the outline of his face almost framing his reflection.  I had fun capturing this one!

I you’ve enjoyed looking through the windows at my house. As this is a blog ring, please continue on to the Photo Lab Pet Photography team in the San Francisco, Bay Area’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Photo Lab’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 28 – Focus

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on.  Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year.  The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents.  So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Karla Ogilvie chose this week’s theme, and here’s what she came up with:  This week’s challenge is Selective Focus.  The idea is isolate our subject whether it be by stopping down, the use of a specific lens such as a Lensbaby, or perhaps a telephoto lens to compress the image. You can even do this in Photoshop if you want. The goal is that only our subject is to be in sharp focus.

Since I love, love, love shooting with a low aperture, I tend to get selective focus in most of my shots, especially the portrait-type shots.  But I wanted to go further than usual, so I pulled out my 50mm f1.8 prime lens to see if I could up the bokeh a bit.

My Old Dog, resting up after spending time outside in the summer sun

Grace, who is as pretty as the flowers behind her.

My wild child Jack Jack, smiling for the camera

Jack Jack’s ever-present raspberry for the camera . . . . you would think I had put this on cue!

I you’ve enjoyed focussing on the KLAD kids.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Charleston pet photographer Dana Cubbage’s blog for more awesome photos .  Once you’re done with Dana’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.