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 of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County. Hadn’t planned on the wet doggies, but you can’t have everything!
Now let’s see the wonderful water places other pet photographers take us! This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each page and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here! First up is Amyranth Pet Photography, San Francisco Bay Area, California. Don’t get wet!
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!!”
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 four kittens in the bottom. Here are just a few of the bloopers from that fun session!
Fortunately there were some with them all looking the same way and thanks to the magic of compositing in Photoshop, here you have the Dr. Who Litter!
Now it is time to have some fun and see bloopers from other pet photographers. Follow the blog circle and click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here! First up is Kathryn Schauer Photography in New Haven, Connecticut. Enjoy!
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 is a quick screen-cast of how I converted the first image to a cartoon using Topaz Simplify and Digital Anarchy’s ToonIt! Recommend increasing quality to HD by clicking on the gear at the bottom and going full screen.
This is a blog circle, so you now have the opportunity to see how many talented pet photographers had fun with this theme. Click on the link at the bottom of each post until you end up back here starting with Emilee Fuss Photography, Sarasota FL. Have fun!
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 here.
I played a little trick on the pups and hid from them – they ran to my rescue!
Then it was time to go, but first we had to get a closer look at the Golden Gate Bridge. Jack was pretty much done with picture taking, but Julie obliged!
I hope you have enjoyed our road trip! This is a blog circle, so let’s see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme starting with Spotty Nose Pet Photography in Los Angeles. Click on the links at the bottom of each page until you end up back here! Happy Travels!
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.