I took my first picture of Rogan back in January 2018.  This Beautiful dog came to Second Chance  Canine Adoption Shelter for a new chance at life. This guy was smart and adorable and I thought he would find a home shortly.  It soon became clear though, that finding a home for Rogan would be…

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Halloween, Bear in isolation

When I first saw the subject for this week, I was thinking of going a totally different direction with the subject.  We had a photoshoot at the shelter this weekend however where the dogs get dressed up in their Halloween costumes.  Once I took this image however, I decided to go in a totally different…

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Bear, dog

I enjoy using natural light for my photographs.  It enables you to be more spontaneous with your photographs and not worry about lugging around a lot of heavy equipment. With natural light you could let the light fall directly on the subject, so that they have nice even lighting Or you can use the light…

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Sometimes rescue animals are very distrusting of that big black box (camera) that you are holding to your face. One of the ways that I get them more relaxed is to play with them.   Once they are in motion running after a ball or toy  they can sometimes become oblivious to the camera. Here are…

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low key dog image

Shadows seemed to be a perfect subject this week.  I have some equipment for off camera lighting that I was wishing to try out.  I had an image in my mind which I wanted to try with Declan.  That image would have had Declan looking straight at me with half of his face in shadow…

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rescue dog

Meet this Happy Boy Rogan. Rogan is a 2 year old male Pit Bull Terrier and American Bull Dog Mix.  He is such a sweet boy and very smart as well.  While he has been at the kennel, he has learned to sit, shake, down, stay and leave it.  He is eager to please his…

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Brown is actually one of my favorite colors. I know what your thinking, brown isnt that colorful! When I see brown, I see nature! I see the sandy beach or desert, the ivory of an elephants tusk to the rich color of chestnuts. The shades could contain more yellow like a sesame seed or more…

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Bridge and residence

This weeks challenge is too use some sort of architectural element in our images.  I immediately thought about Franklin Square.  Franklin Square was initially an industrial neighborhood.  As industries moved out, but eventually someone had the great idea to turn the area into a combination of residential and commercial spaces.  Buildings were renovated and turned…

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rescue dog

This weeks challenge was to shoot wide-open.  Wide-open refers to the widest aperture that your lens allows.  Depending on the lens you use,  this could vary greatly.  I have one fixed lens that I can shoot at an f- stop as low as 1.4.  On another lens it only goes down to 3.5 or 4.0…

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Negative space is used to create eye movement across the image.  Doing this creates more interest.  In animal photography, I often create the negative space towards the area the animal is looking.  It stimulates the viewer to wonder where the animal is running or what he may be looking at. In the case of a…

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