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2018 Round Up!

2018 Round Up!

As we approach Christmas and the New Year, I thought I would write a little ‘end of year’ blog.

The biggest news of this year was the addition of Spud, my personal model! He’s a Lab x Collie with no tail but bags of personality. He turned 1 on December 1st and is loving the spotlight!

He’s grown so much and can only stick his head out of the cat flap now!

I was lucky enough to meet some lovely dogs throughout the year, and all did a brilliant job in front of the camera – even when their owners weren’t sure they would! It’s always so rewarding to be able to show people what their photos turned out like.

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Every few months I got to attend puppy socialisation classes held by Marion Yates Dog Behaviour Consultant, who doesn’t love puppies? It’s amazing to see them grow both in size and confidence over the 4 weeks!

In Summer, we had the villages annual Gala, and for the first time since I’ve been photographing the Bay Vets Dog Show, we had brilliant weather – maybe a bit too hot though! It was a brilliant turn out, and each dog deserved to win! You can see the write up here, or for all photos head on to my Facebook page

I met up with Ghost and his owners. He is one half of Amber and Ghost – a brother and sister duo who are on Instagram – check them out!

I’m going to include some of my favourite photos from the year, but before I do, 2019 has some exciting things coming up. I have been working on a website for Riding in the Balance, so I will be heading down to Derbyshire to take some photos for that! I will also be updating the website images for Gemma Woolley Veterinary Physiotherapist whilst down there so once a date is confirmed I will announce it on my Facebook Page if anyone would be interested in a session!

I would like to thank each one of you who supported The Hoof & Hound Photographer throughout 2018! Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New year.


Project 52 – Week 35 – Brown

Project 52 – Week 35 – Brown

Welcome to the blog circle! This week we focus on brown and luckily, I have a brown dog and ferret :). However, I didn’t just take photos of them in any environment, I found brown to use with them, Spud almost blends into the sofa!

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Project 52 – Week 13: A Day in the Life

Project 52 – Week 13: A Day in the Life

Another fun blog post this week. Capturing ‘ a day in the life’

At the moment, a daily routine with Spud consists of getting him used to lots of different things and training.

We usually start the day on average at 6/7am, sometimes earlier. He has his breakfast, and after he’s finished goes back to sleep until Bailey comes down.

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The day before I had taken these photos we did our first off lead walking and had puppy socialisation in the evening, so lots for him to take in. Knowing he doesn’t go too crazy off lead I let him ‘off ‘as soon as it was safe (I have a long line trailing behind just in case on the cycle track but in fields he’s completely free as I know he’s ok)

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Being off lead does of course mean he can get himself muddy!

The track is a great place for him to meet new dogs and people and he was introduced to two 18month Boxers who were bigger than he expected but he handled it really well after initially trying to hide. I’m always appreciative of people stopping to talk to him, with or without dogs.

Next I went to do some recall training, and a few ‘leave it’s’. He’s doing really well and even found a tennis ball, so win – win for him! IMG_2319

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One thing he didn’t expect was the noise Geese make.. A tractor had crossed the river and sent two Geese who were resting flying. I thought they were going to come and get us, and I think Spud did too! IMG_2367

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Once home, he had a rest and time for lunch. Another great opportunity for training as he is learning to wait after his bowl is placed.

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My niece was here so I expected him to be hyped up, but he was good and took himself off to sleep when he wanted to. Afternoons I make sure he gets as much sleep as he can if he’s had a busy morning, and if needed, we play games or learn tricks in the evening to keep his mind busy.

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After that it’s bed time for a well deserved proper sleep!

Next up we have Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD

Project 52  – Week 11: Favourite Song

Project 52 – Week 11: Favourite Song

What a difficult theme this week!

I almost backed out of this one, but with some encouragement from fellow circle members I decided to give it a go. These are in no way brilliant as I was completely stumped. I don’t really have a favourite song, and if I did I wouldn’t know where to start in combining it into pet photography!

Stuck, I decided to look at my Spotify playlist and picked some songs that may work. After editing, I’m left with just the two; ‘Teach Me Tonight’ and ‘Funhouse’.

Teach Me Tonight is an ‘oldie’, but covered by loads of different artists. It was published in 1953, 41 years before I was born. I have a trick book, and thought teaching.. that will do! Spud is learning that the desk is where he sits and looks pretty which is good!

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This is definitely my favourite. It either looks like he’s written it, or signed it.

Obviously learning is tiring work.. here’s a little outtake – you can see I had Prince to battle with too as he thinks it’s his job to be a model!dfsfs.jpg

The ‘Funhouse’ song by P!nk is one that’s fun – especially live – but the reason I chose this song is because of the lyrics, ‘Oh, I’m crawling through the doggy door
My key don’t fit my lock no more’ and Spud has an obsession with the cat flap.. so not exactly a ‘doggy door’ but he’s crawling through it!

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Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD might have a better interpretation of the theme – check it out!

 

 

 

 

A little bonus – look at his expression, I think he found a trick that was a bit too adventurous for him! fre

 

 

Project 52 – Week 10: Minimalist

Project 52 – Week 10: Minimalist

Welcome back to the weekly blog.

The theme is minimalist, and whilst I initially thought it would be quite a challenge. I did remember that I had grey walls and a white desk which might help!

I love outdoor images and was wondering how to do a minimalist photo in our garden.. I think it’d probably looked nice on a dock or wide bridge – neither of which I have in the garden! Spud sat down in the shadows on the path, so I over exposed the background which helps! webb

 

Still not as clean as I had wanted though, so I took him back in and used the desk and wall.

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Then to be even more minimalistic, off came the collar.

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To see more minimalism visit Linda from VP Shoots Photography servicing the Tampa Bay area

Until next week!

Project 52 – Week 9: Wide Angle

Project 52 – Week 9: Wide Angle

A fun theme this week as we explore wide angle, I can’t wait to see what people have come up with as there are so many possibilities. Most of my ideas went out the window but I have a few!

We were told to use the widest length we had to hand – the widest focal length I can use is at 18mm so all photos have been shot at that length.

We’ve had sun all week, with snow, and very cold temperatures! Apart from the cold, these are brilliant shooting conditions!

Here’s my model in training, Spud. He’s a Lab x Collie and a complete natural in front of the camera! We can’t go out properly yet, as he has had his injections late but I can’t wait  to get him out and about. For now though we can use the garden.

I found it very hard to shoot wide angle in landscape when shooting blind so I opted for portrait with them as it was much easier. Also being low to the ground makes him look quite bigger, a good way to change the perspective when using wide angle. I did imagine being on the beach and getting lovely photos there.

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Using wide angles allows more of the environment to be captured, however I don’t particularly think the garden is as nice as it is in summer! If we were out on location it would be a different story! For this next image the background was the house, and I really didn’t want to leave this image out but didnt like the house. I borrowed a background from here and found it much better, it was still with the 18mm!

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One landscape example shows how much of the scene you can fit in, can you spot the hidden friend? web d

Going wide also gives you more chance to capture a sequence of shots too!

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Of course going wide means you can get fun shots like this!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog from me. Head on to our next contributor, Nancy Kieffer Photography serving Central New York, the Adirondacks and beyond

Project 52 – Week 8: Silhouette

Bailey features again!

The theme is silhouette, and although I only have two images, they are silhouettes!

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One thing that always makes me laugh with Bailey are his little pig ears! I wonder if people could tell his breed by the silhouette? Always a fun game!

Next week there should be some more images as we play with wide angles…

A short and sweet post, but head on over to our next contributor to the circle –  Lynda Mowat from Heartstrings Photography in Hamilton New Zealand. 

Project 52 – Week 7: Year of the Dog

Project 52 – Week 7: Year of the Dog

Dog lovers! It’s your week!

2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese Zodiac and the next one isn’t until 2030! Whilst researching this topic over here, I also discovered I was born into the Year of the Dog in 1994. I spent a lot of time on the website which I found very interesting!

Back to the blog. This week I really wanted to scout some pretty dogs out, however my Mum’s dog Bailey decided to give himself a makeover so it’ll be about him!

He was born in 2006, the runt of the litter, and still at the bottom of the pecking order in the house today! He doesn’t like the camera very much but if there’s a decent enough treat he’ll cooperate!

First I want to show some older photos so you can see how plain faced he used to be! I love the old dog look, but sometimes it does look weird on photos with him! Excuse my awful skills, I didn’t take many photos back then! These start mainly from 2010! (Going through choosing photo’s and I’ve had to stop myself as it would have been photo overload before even showing the ones from this week!)

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And finally, here are this weeks photos!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Baileys transition! For more dogs, follow the blog circle round starting with Elaine Tweedy of I Got The Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA

Project 52 – Week 5: Depth of Field

Project 52 – Week 5: Depth of Field

Welcome back to the weekly blog circle!

It’s a quick one from me this week as I can’t see properly – apologies as the photos haven’t even been edited nicely.

I’ll let the images do the talking, but we’re concentrating on depth of field this week, which simply put is how much of your image is in focus. The main way to adjust your DoF is by changing your aperture. In these next photos I placed the cats somewhere cluttered that I could use to explain. Using a large aperture firstly, then a smaller one you can see how the background becomes less and more distracting. I stayed in the same spot for both.

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I like shallow DoF mostly but that can have its problems as sometimes you can’t get all the subject in focus and it’s much easier to miss!

You can also use DoF for telling a story, or bringing the viewers attention to something.

For more examples of Depth of Field head on over to Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography, fetching family portraits in Coppell, Texas and surrounding cities in the Dallas – Fort Worth area

Project 52: Week 4/ Catchlights

Project 52: Week 4/ Catchlights

I can’t believe we’re on the 4th theme of the year!

This time we’re concentrating on catchlights and I love the opportunities of this one.

Catchlights are what makes your subject come alive. If you have good lighting – artificial or natural, and you have your animal in the right spot you can get some lovely ones. We ideally want to have the same amount in both eyes.

Here is the return of Finn. I got the chance to get some more photos on Monday, although typically, the sun came out when I was at home editing! I also started off on a bad note due to an infected eye. I had no contact lens in my dominant eye, so when I came to look through the viewfinder, I was baffled as to why the camera wasn’t focusing. I checked the AF, took the lens off and turned the camera on and off… The penny finally dropped and changed eyes!

Still, here in Finns eyes we see lovely catchlights – caused by a window!

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I love any opportunity to photograph dogs so when we took Finn out for his walk I was hoping we’d get some nice weather and get some nice catchlights – instead it rained. I did get this though – placing him in front of the clouded sun with a slight enhancement in post!

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One thing that reminds me of Finn is his drool, and while we usually remove such things from photos, I actually added more in the below shot because it was just him! Catchlight wise  – these aren’t great due to the lightest part of the sky being behind, so it shows that the placing of your subject helps!

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Finn belongs to the lovely Marion. a dog behaviour consultant! Check out what she does here!

For more catchlights head on over to Courtney from CM Bryson Photography – a pet photographer service the Metro Atlanta in Georgia