Jack and Julie 52 – Indoors

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.

Inside bedroom-2

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!

Inside front

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!

Jack and Julie 52 – Repetition

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 –

Therapy Pets - spaniels

This is Toby –

Therapy dog - golden

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!

Therapy dog - golden retriever

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 Dogs - goldens

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!