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 a small portion of the image is in focus it’s referred to as having a “shallow” depth of field.
One example of photos that will usually have a deep depth of field are landscape images. In these it’s usually important and desirable to have as much of the photo in focus as possible. In portrait photography it can be the complete opposite, where only the subject is in focus and everything else is blurry or out of focus. This helps separate the subject from the background and eliminate any distracting elements as well.
Below are some examples of photos that have a very shallow depth of field. This puts the focus entirely on the subject. I did include 2 photos that were taken in the same spot with both a shallow and deep depth of field to illustrate how important this can be in portrait photography. In the second photo, although the background is still out of focus, it is a little distracting and busy.
My subject for this week’s post is Dorothy, the Dazzling Yorkie on Wheels. She is a 5lb, 12 year old Yorkshire Terrier. She is owned by Nicole Brown, who runs a great dog walking/pet sitting business here in Miami called Miami Pet Concierge (www.miamipetconcierge.com). Dorothy’s back legs were paralyzed in an accident early in her life with a previous owner. This has not stopped her from living life to the fullest! In spite of her handicap she just wants to go, go, go! She has a special set of wheels made by Eddie’s Wheels (www.eddieswheels.com) that let her go almost anywhere a normal dog can go. She is also a therapy dog and some of her work includes visiting seniors at the Palace, working at the Pinecrest Library in the “Paws to Read” program helping children who speak English as a second language, Miami Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, University of Miami Law School and many others. She has also been showcased in two books including “A Letter to My Dog” by Robyn Layton, and “Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Pets With Disabilities” by Kayla Duff & Lowry Mumford, and American Dog Magazine.
When asked to tell me about her personality Nicole said:
Dorothy loves to wrestle with her big brother, Gus, a Terrier Mix. Food – she will eat anything and everything. The top on her list are carrots, sweet potato and frozen blueberries. Her favorite place to sleep is the crease between two couch cushions. She absolutely adores driving in her car seat with the windows down, exploring new places on her wheels, being the center of attention and bossing big sister, Lady, the Beagle around. Dorothy thinks she is as big as Great Dane and as fierce as a Rottweiler. When we are not home you will most likely find her guarding the house from her teepee!
Don’t miss the link to the next photographer in the blog circle below the photos!
Next up in the blog circle is Nancy Hedtke of Salty Paw Pet Photography, Savannah, GA.