Category Archives: Project 52

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 10 : Minimalist

This week’s topic in the Pet Photography Project 52 is “Minimalist”. Minimalist photography and minimalism in art in general can be characterized by sparseness and simplicity – a “less is more” philosophy. Because the subject matter can be sparse, color can be a prominent feature in minimalist photography along with texture, lines and geometry. For…

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  • Kelly MiddlebrooksMarch 9, 2018 - 4:05 pm

    Wonderful examples and gosh, that orange is beautiful with that first dog. I hope they all find homes soon!ReplyCancel

  • RachelMarch 9, 2018 - 4:11 pm

    Absolutely love that color!ReplyCancel

  • AnonymousMarch 9, 2018 - 10:47 pm

    Love the orange! Is it a wall at the adoption center? ReplyCancel

    • JohnMarch 14, 2018 - 7:37 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the orange wall is part of an outdoor play area for the dogs.ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaMarch 10, 2018 - 2:24 am

    Wonderful examples of less is more.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineMarch 16, 2018 - 4:51 pm

    Great shelter dog photos, John.  I love that background wall!  The color is perfect for these dogs.ReplyCancel

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 9 : Wide Angle

Welcome back the the Pet Photography Project 52 Blog Circle! This week’s topic is “Wide Angle”. Wide angle lenses are typically considered 35mm or less on a full frame camera (or 50mm or less on a cropped sensor or AP-C sensor camera). They are used a lot in landscape photography and interior architecture. As the…

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  • UrsulaMarch 2, 2018 - 2:31 pm

    Judge is super adorable. The last picture makes me laugh. I love wide angle lenses.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MiddlebrooksMarch 2, 2018 - 2:38 pm

    I love that first image. What a fun looking pup!ReplyCancel

  • KirstenMarch 2, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    I’m a fan of the wide angle face photos with the nose in the camera!ReplyCancel

  • Danyel RogersMarch 2, 2018 - 8:15 pm

    That first image made me actually LOL  Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Tim EvansMarch 2, 2018 - 9:30 pm

    Great examples of perspective distortion!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineMarch 2, 2018 - 11:29 pm

    What a great dog!  Very expressive.  I love the up close and personal photos!ReplyCancel

  • DarleneMarch 3, 2018 - 10:12 pm

    Judge is super handsome!  He looks so happy!  Love the close ups, especially the first one!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra mccarthyMarch 4, 2018 - 1:46 am

    He seems super happy in front of the camera. Nice work.ReplyCancel

  • LyndaMarch 4, 2018 - 6:47 am

    Great modelling Judge! Love that first image with his nose up close to the lens!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMarch 4, 2018 - 4:34 pm

    I am loving these closeups! Big-nosed puppy photos are the best!ReplyCancel

  • SamAdeleMarch 7, 2018 - 5:05 pm

    Love that first image!!  Judge is one handsome chap!ReplyCancel

  • Kim HollisMarch 7, 2018 - 5:24 pm

    Oh my gosh he is cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueMarch 7, 2018 - 7:05 pm

    I love the last image – it makes you laugh – I see a lot of photos taken like the first one – and doing rescue dogs – that’s not what shows off the dog the best – great collection – Judge is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardMarch 17, 2018 - 11:52 am

    That smile! Oh my, such a cutie!ReplyCancel

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 7 : Year of the Dog

  This week’s Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle topic is “Year of the Dog”. Every year the Chinese New Year starts on the new moon occurring between January 21 and February 20. This year, that will be today, February 16. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to…

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  • Kim HollisFebruary 16, 2018 - 2:24 pm

    I love Troy’s spots!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MiddlebrooksFebruary 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm

    You do such wonderful work. Those dogs are so lucky to have you.ReplyCancel

  • Tim EvansFebruary 16, 2018 - 5:17 pm

    The center is lucky to have such a great photographer as you volunteer. Tell me, are those orange backgrounds done in post or were they “real?”ReplyCancel

  • ElaineFebruary 16, 2018 - 6:47 pm

    Really nice photos, John.  I think the first on is my favorite, but it was hard to pick.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardFebruary 17, 2018 - 1:36 pm

    Great job capturing great smiles and personality of every animal!ReplyCancel

  • Linda MetcalfFebruary 17, 2018 - 4:35 pm

    They all look so happy!ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaFebruary 17, 2018 - 6:05 pm

    Very nice Photos. Happy Year of the Dog.ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 18, 2018 - 2:16 am

    Beautiful images.  Love the tangerine background.ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 18, 2018 - 10:28 pm

      Thanks! I’m kind of stuck with that background for now, for better or worse 🙂 . The best place to photograph the dogs is outside in their play areas, which has an orange wall on one side.ReplyCancel

  • LyndaFebruary 18, 2018 - 6:24 pm

    Great photos! They’re lucky to have you. Hope these beauties find their forever homes soon. ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueFebruary 20, 2018 - 5:34 pm

    Nice photos – Since I personally don’t care for the color orange, I had not tried it for a background on pets – but it looks very nice in your photos (I probably need to change my mind).  You do very nice work – the shelter/rescue dogs are lucky to have you!!!ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 20, 2018 - 7:02 pm

      Thanks Linda! I’m kind of stuck with that background for now, for better or worse. The best place to photograph the dogs is outside in their play areas, which has an orange wall on one side. One side has some fake green grass, but despite the canopies gets direct sunlight most of the day. I like the green/orange combo, it really pops (and they are the UM colors – Go Canes!). It can use that side on overcast days. http://maxnorman.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/orange-background.jpgReplyCancel

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 5 : Depth of Field

This week’s topic in the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle is “Depth of Field”. This is a term in photography that refers to the amount of acceptable focus in an image. When much of the image is in focus it can be described as having a “deep” or “wide” depth of field. When only…

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  • Lisa BrowningFebruary 2, 2018 - 1:14 pm

    Look at that face!!! I love the photos and the beautiful bokeh. I’d like to put in a formal request for more Dorothy in future blog posts! She’s precious.ReplyCancel

  • Kim HollisFebruary 2, 2018 - 2:25 pm

    Such a sweeter. I prefer the images with the deeper depth of field so I can see her wheels. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 2, 2018 - 4:03 pm

      Thanks! Yea, the cart adds a little more visual interest to her whole body.ReplyCancel

  • KirstenFebruary 2, 2018 - 2:44 pm

    I am in love with this cutie! Fantastic images!!ReplyCancel

  • AnonymousFebruary 2, 2018 - 3:20 pm

    What a luv bug. Lovely Bokeh, DoF examples.ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaFebruary 2, 2018 - 3:22 pm

    What a lovely luv bug. Love the bokeh and specular highlights in the last one. Beautiful examples of DoF.ReplyCancel

  • KellyFebruary 2, 2018 - 6:51 pm

    What a cutie!!! Love the beautiful bright images!ReplyCancel

  • Tim EvansFebruary 2, 2018 - 7:24 pm

    Dorothy is so cute! I don’t know which photo is my favorite.The first with the shallow depth of field puts more emphasis on her face, but I also love the photos with her wheels in focus, because it shows how she doesn’t let that problem stop her.I really have to complement you on these photos. Truth is, I’ve always felt a little sad for dogs like Dorothy. But your photos do such an excellent job of showing her vitality and energy that those feelings are totally inappropriate.ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 2, 2018 - 11:15 pm

      Thanks Tim. Yea, I tend to feel a little sad for handicapped animals as well. Fortunately she is very tiny so it doesn’t take much for her to get around. If you saw her scooting around in those wheels as fast as she does it would definitely put a smile on your face.ReplyCancel

  • DarleneFebruary 2, 2018 - 9:01 pm

    I”m so in love with this little peanut, Dorothy!  What a sweetheart!  Gorgeous images captured of her and great explanation of this week’s topic.  The first image is my favorite!  ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 2, 2018 - 11:12 pm

      Thanks! She’s definitely one of kind. She loves to gives kisses when you pick her up. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueFebruary 2, 2018 - 9:36 pm

    Beautiful little girl – glad she found someone that will give her the special attention she needs!ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 2, 2018 - 11:12 pm

      She is really adorable and lives a good life.ReplyCancel

  • Danyel RogersFebruary 2, 2018 - 11:56 pm

    Dog wheel chairs have been an amazing invention for dogs like this. Great images!!ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 3, 2018 - 2:22 am

      Thank you! Yea, she gets around pretty well on most surfaces. It really hardly slows her down at all. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 3, 2018 - 4:29 am

    She is such a cute little model.  ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 6, 2018 - 3:29 am

      Yes, she is adorable! She’s got personality to match that cuteness too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ElaineFebruary 3, 2018 - 3:05 pm

    Lovely photos, John.  That bokeh is perfect!  Dorothy is a beautiful little girl!ReplyCancel

  • LyndaFebruary 4, 2018 - 6:40 am

    What great photos and an awesome little model! She has a busy life and is a fine example of a positive attitude. So cool to see. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 6, 2018 - 3:30 am

      Thanks! Yea, when I see her scooting around it’s inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardFebruary 5, 2018 - 12:31 pm

    Dorothy is the perfect model, you can see the determination on her face! Great examples of DOF and expression and emotion in your images.  Just lovely. ReplyCancel

  • Linda MetcalfFebruary 5, 2018 - 9:49 pm

    Dorothy is adorable and these images of her are lovely! I don’t often think to use my 85mm with dog. This has given me reason to give it a try!ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 6, 2018 - 3:32 am

      Thank you! I’m way more comfortable with my 70-200mm, but the 85mm at f/1.8 really creates some lovely images. It just requires me to get a little closer to the dogs.ReplyCancel

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 4 : Catchlights

This is week 4 of the Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project. The topic is “Catchlights”. Catchlights refer to the highlight or reflection of a light source in the subjects eyes. This is a very important element in portrait photography, both with people and pets. Good catchlights will make the eyes sparkle and really stand out….

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  • Kim HollisJanuary 26, 2018 - 11:34 am

    Nice job on the catchlights in that last image! ReplyCancel

  • Linda MetcalfJanuary 26, 2018 - 11:47 am

    A Mom and her pups party sounds like heaven! Nice catchlights in all.ReplyCancel

    • JohnJanuary 27, 2018 - 12:27 am

      Thanks! You can’t go wrong with a puppy party. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyJanuary 26, 2018 - 12:41 pm

    Great photos! With my huskies’ blue eyes I sometimes felt their photos were flat, and you are exactly right that it’s because the catch light is lost in the blue of the iris! I had never put that together! ReplyCancel

    • JohnJanuary 27, 2018 - 12:28 am

      Thanks. I just kind of noticed it myself since I was using these photos for the catchlight post.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardJanuary 26, 2018 - 1:07 pm

    I love the candid nature of all of these, lovely images with the owners – I’m sure they were over the moon about them.ReplyCancel

    • JohnJanuary 27, 2018 - 12:29 am

      Thanks! We took a few posed photos, but mainly I just chased the dogs around while they played.ReplyCancel

  • KellyJanuary 26, 2018 - 2:46 pm

    Wonderful examples! Your work on the last one shows how we as photographers see our images. You fixed what was wrong with catchlights in an image that our clients would most likely never notice. I, for one, applaud you. Attention to details like this is sometimes the most time consuming yet least noticed part of the job. ReplyCancel

  • KirstenJanuary 26, 2018 - 3:31 pm

    Love the edit difference in that last photo! Such happy puppies in all the photos!!ReplyCancel

  • KellyJanuary 26, 2018 - 4:28 pm

    I didn’t even think about light eyes being more challenging. Makes sense!ReplyCancel

    • JohnJanuary 27, 2018 - 12:31 am

      I only really noticed because we were focusing on catchlights this week. I’ll be keeping my eye out whenever I photograph dogs with light eyes from now on though.ReplyCancel

  • Danyel RogersJanuary 26, 2018 - 7:02 pm

    SO many adorable pups in the blog. Nice job!ReplyCancel

    • JohnJanuary 27, 2018 - 12:30 am

      Thank you! Puppy parties are the best. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DarleneJanuary 26, 2018 - 10:49 pm

    Beautiful images!  A “puppy reunion” sounds wonderful!  The 2nd and 4th images are my favorite – they are all great examples of this week’s topic!  ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaJanuary 26, 2018 - 11:21 pm

    Beautiful examples of catchlights and what an adorable pup. Love that little pink tongue.ReplyCancel

  • LyndaJanuary 27, 2018 - 12:44 am

    How cool to have a reunion with them all. And the other pups families will enjoy those photos too. So nice to have some owners included as well. Just shows that special connection. Love what you did with the catchlights in the last one.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra mccarthyJanuary 27, 2018 - 1:12 am

    Aussies are my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Sam AdeleJanuary 28, 2018 - 6:04 pm

    Beautiful faces! I also like the inclusion of too much and having to tone down rather than having to add! ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueJanuary 28, 2018 - 7:21 pm

    What a beautiful set of photographs to remember this family!  I love the expression on the last portrait!ReplyCancel