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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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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checking out each other

Whether they are happy to see you or stand guard in warning of danger, dogs use their noses to determine if something is to be feared or trusted.  Have you ever wondered why dogs go nose to nose with other dogs, or nose to butt?  Or why their noses are cold and wet?  It turns…

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oakwood cemetary

This week I took Declan to a local landmark.  Oakwood Cemetery is a Historic Cemetery built in 1859. New York City landscaper Howard Daniels transformed this 160 acres of land that included hills, valleys with springs and sturdy oaks into what was considered the picturesque ideal of landscape designs of that time.   Mortuary Chapel…

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dog, feet, selfie

Thursday June 21st is National Selfie day.  National Selfie day was established just 4 short years ago, but the act of taking self portraits started to become very popular with the advent of cell phones which had a camera attachment.  While the trend for selfie’s may have become popular at this time, I would challenge…

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This week’s blog is about HDR images.  What HDR stands for is High Dynamic Range.  To take an HDR image, the photographer would normally take a set of at least 3 images.  One that is properly exposed, one that is overexposed and one that is underexposed.  Then you take these images and combine them with…

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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,…

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This weeks challenge is using patterns.  For a moment I was pondering what I should do, then I realized I was already working on a pattern.   The benefit for Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter is coming up next Friday and is sure to be a wonderful event to aid the animals.  The volunteer’s have been…

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A Headshot is an image that focuses on the head or head and shoulders of the subject.  Meet my models for this week.  They are all available at Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter.  Come in and visit these beauties.   Buddy is a Labrador- Pit bull mix and is a sweet dog.  He is about one…

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Get Close with your photography.  Many photography guides will discuss the importance of filling- the- frame with the subject.  Most often these emphasize filling the majority of the image with the body or the face of your subject.  While these can be wonderful images, once you have taken those, move in even closer.  Bringing yourself…

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