Photography that captures all the playful, the poingant, the sentimental and whimsical parts of pet life and life with pets.
Boats, Bandits and Birdseed
Let me start this off by saying that I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing when it comes to photography and even less about photo editing. I just love doing it. One would think that after doing this hobby for over a couple years now that I would know something about the craft. If someone were to ask me technical questions about my camera settings, or how I go about choosing the lighting or colour scheme during my edits, I would mumble something incoherently, urgently point and scream about something random behind the person speaking to me and while they were distracted, I would run the other way, thus avoiding the need to explain my creative process. I mean, I still shoot in automatic mode on my camera – AUTOMATIC! I don’t even know why that’s undesirable, but I get a lot of boards on Pinterest suggesting I switch to manual mode.
Grey Finn's First Christmas
Like most folks, my Christmas plan this year was to spend time with my family. Out of 52 weeks each year, we typically only have a week together so as you can imagine, our holiday plans are highly anticipated. Unfortunately, covid-19 restrictions, along with a covid-19 scare in the family forced us to rethink our plans and celebrate virtually instead. Having spent the last nine months working from home and sitting in countless Zoom meetings, this is certainly not ideal. However, any celebration is appreciated as I value any time we spend together in whatever capacity.
- Third Place in Pet Cam Challenge
Daisy and Poppy: The Princesses of the Pines
Through years of growing up begging for a dog, my dad has always said he’d rather of another kid. I’d beg for a dog, year after year, sometimes trying to hint at it for a birthday or Christmas gift, but to no avail. I always got the same response - “I’d rather have another kid before I get a dog.”
Cows are Hams!
It all started with a road trip, my obsession with cow photos. I was driving from NJ to TX to visit a friend and I gave myself four days to get there so I could get off the highway along the way and take in the scenery. It was spring which is a great time to get out in the country with the added bonus of seeing lots of baby animals.
The day I met the Cinnabar Butterfly was an extraordinary summers day in North Yorkshire. After being couped up for too long with the COVID-19 lockdown, I decided to walk the 20 minutes or so to one of my local parks. At this stage in the lockdown people were only just allowed to have unlimited exercise time so I planned to spend the whole day there and make the most of the glorious weather. I also knew I needed to reconnect with nature in a big way. City dwelling is great for convenience and the modern lifestyle but for me there is nothing more fulfilling than walking barefoot in grass and hugging a tree. That was my mission for the day – I had nothing else to do and nowhere else to be.
Blue Heron Gone Grey
When it comes to wildlife and photography, I am a big fan of color, texture, detail, and lighting. But in the absence of color and with different rules for how lighting presents, do texture and detail still hold the same exact value? Do they hold less? Or Perhaps more? Curious about these questions, I did something I usually do not do, I turned my camera to black and white before shooting a few shots on a recent outing to a pond I have shot at dozens of times in color, but never in black and white. Shooting in black and white on a digital camera is almost pointless as taking a photo from color to black and white in post takes a second and does not rob any fidelity or detail, but there is still a point to doing so. Shooting in black and white, you can focus on crispness of details, how lighting effects the photograph (differently than when color is present), patterning, and textures visible in a shot, and in framing your subject, capturing it in an interesting pose or position and one that might play with lighting. It can be a fun challenge, but can also produce some truly beautiful shots.
A Photo That Turned Into A Turtle
This is not my turtle. In fact, to this day I don't know if it ever belonged to anyone. During a long week of pet-sitting, I became achingly overwhelmed in boredom and on a nice sunny day decided to read on a small black table near the owners' pool. There was a small pink resting flower from the overhanging tree already on the table right above where I was reading. This flower combined with my black hat, that I eventually took off at some point, naturally drove me to begin taking pictures of this relaxing moment. There was a nice scheme of black mixed with the natural flora of green and pink from the backyard. I began taking pictures of the authentic scene before trying different angles and eventually moving my hat in different places. I even started going a few pages back from where I was reading for the beginning of the chapter, so the book looked less submerged in the text and words. With my phone in hand, I noticed it was about time to feed the pets I was watching; two dogs and three cats. I got up from the table and left the scene I created on the table for future pictures. I headed to the other side of the pool under the canopy where the pets ate which was near the sliding door of the house and next to a long sprawled-out hose. I do not remember exactly what made me look down as I stepped on the garden hose towards the pet food, but in the rubber snake's grasp was a baby turtle! I instantly dropped what I was doing and picked up the turtle. It showed little activity and barely any sign of life. After much research and a prescribed bath of warm tap water, the turtle finally peeked its head out from its shell. I then began to look for any nearby water sources. Google Maps showed there was a park nearby and a small creek through the middle of the neighborhood. With the turtle in hand, I began wandering around much of the neighborhood. The creek turned out to be under the neighborhood somehow and the park had no bodies of water. I wandered a bit more towards an empty field before turning back to the park to ask a resident if there was any water nearby. I ultimately came up short. There was, however, a notorious creek in the city about four miles out. My older sister, who was going out to dinner in the surrounding area, offered to take the turtle there for me. In the meantime of waiting for her arrival, I pulled up a chair next to the kitchen counter and watched the turtle. Since our little journey around the neighborhood, the turtle was now very active. So active even, I had to constantly keep it away from walking itself off the kitchen counter. I began taking videos of it walking from one side of the shot to the other. Of course, I took some photos of the turtle before my sister eventually arrived and set them free in the nearby creek. The photos ranged from a bird’s eye view to close ups angles, which turned into the picture above. By the time my sister arrived, the sun was setting. I said my goodbyes and my sister would later send me photos and videos of the turtle happily swimming away. Afterward, I eventually went back outside and collected my picture of the hat and the open book that was still resting on the table under the night sky.
Bryn Does a Photo Shoot
The opportunity was too good to miss. A chance for Bryn and I to take part in a two hour photo shoot with professional equine photographers under the guidance of the renowned equine photographer, Emily Hancock from The Training Barn based here in Ringwood in Hampshire.
The cat family, felines, has thirty-seven species. They are all carnivorous mammals that are native to most areas on the Earth with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. These species include: lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, lynxes, and, of course, the domestic cat.
A Good Photo Can Save a Life
A Good Photo Can Save a Life Most people who have animals as pets, treat them as much-loved members of the family. Most pets are well cared for, and lead happy and healthy lives.
Photographing pets can be a challenge. Here are twelve rules you should follow to obtain better results. 1. Stay calm.
Tips for Perfect Christmas Photos
Christmas is right around the corner and who doesn’t love taking photos of their dogs with lights around them or by the tree or just holiday themed photos?