To backlight an image simply means that your light source is coming from behind your subject.  You can use backlights in creative ways.  One way is to use the sun as your light source.  Hudson is my model here.  The sun is behind him and to the left, but also is high in the sky, so I manage to have some light on his face.  This effect enhances the yellow in his brindle coloring.

dog rescue, backlighting

Another effect you could create with backlighting would be a silhoutte, or partial silouette.  The horse here is mostly in siloutte, but you can see the breeze blowing his mane and tail and the bright sun making his tail glow red with warmth.

red tail shining in morning light
Tail afire


Project 52-Blog Circle

This post is part of Project 52 which challenges Professional Pet Photographers to focus on a particular topic/assignment each week. There are photographers from all over the world participating.  Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Then follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me.. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

+++++ NOW head over to Pet Photography in Columbus Ohio to view her take on the challenge!+++++

Come and find your Best Friend!        (note- Hudson has found a forever home)

Second Chance has a unique program where inmates train the rescued dogs and it gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life.  Come visit Second Chance Canine Shelter.  We are open Saturdays and Sundays 10-2.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
Website for Second Chance

Here are some pictures of the dogs at Second Chance that are looking for Homes.

Nancy Kieffer is a photographer serving  the Central New York and Adirondack region and beyond.  Travel assignments welcomed.   If you would like to book a Day in the Life session for your pet, please email me at or call 315-469-8807.   Nancy also offers instruction in photography and Lightroom.