Puppy Love

Puppy LoveA portrait of a girl and her puppy at sunset.

This was a fabulously funny shoot.  The puppy, who for the past two days since arriving in his new home had spent a lot of time sleeping.  He found his energy during the shoot and we all experienced a lot of laughs and a lot of chasing!  To view this image in black and white please visit Monochromia for my Thursday post.

SS 1/125 f 3.2 ISO 400

Natural light, back lighting, at sunset.  I shot low to high to capture the summer haze.


Coco and the Angle of Incidence

Coco in Thought

Coco in Thought

Regal Coco

Regal Coco

When photographing Coco, my sister’s dog, over Thanksgiving I played with the angle of incidence – the angle of the light coming into my lens.  If you compare the two images above you’ll notice that when I was above Coco the light was not entering my lens in a direct way, therefore the light was not hazy, and she was not as blown out.  When shooting from below Coco, the angle allowed for more flare or haze as the light came directly into the lens.  This is a perfect example of how photographers should move around, above, or below, their subjects in order to capture the subject in the most pleasing light.   The most pleasing light may be softer, more blown-out light with haze and/or flare, or it may be more direct light allowing for details of the subject to be more definitive.

An easy way to experiment with the angle of incidence is to place a subject such as a vase of flowers in front of a window or door and shoot at different angles.  Once you upload the files, compare the way the light hit your subject based on the angle of the light coming into your lens.

The light being used for the photographs of Coco was hard, direct, and warm light.  The character of the light being used will also influence the final lighting of your subject, but the angle of the light entering your lens is what will result in the differences you see above.

Have fun experimenting and if you would like to share your images with me you can tag me in your post, or send me the link to your post!

Daisy Lounging

Originally purchased for John and me, or my friends and me to lounge and visit with a glass of iced tea, or perhaps a cocktail, the chaise lounge chair has quickly become Daisy’s favorite spot to relax poolside.  She thinks she is queen of the pool and patio.

Daisy Lounging

Queen Daisy

Uh, Mom, I’m trying to relax here…

Oh that face!

OK…I won’t eat any more of Gracie’s purple goggles.  Just let me take a nap.

Daisy is 3

Daisy, our  now three year old Goldendoodle, joined our family in May of 2009.  She has been a wonderful addition to our family despite the craziness she adds.  For the most part she is a good dog. Truly she only has one fault, well, two, no make that three.  She eats everything under the sun that she shouldn’t have.  How we have not had to have golf gloves, socks, rubber bracelets, shoes, etc. surgically removed from her gastrointestinal tract is nothing short of a miracle.  Her more recently developed fault is barking.  It took her about 2 and a half years to find her voice, but she has mastered it.  She scares us all half to death sometimes when she very suddenly sees something and begins her song of ferocity.  Those visiting our kitchen think she is madly in love with me because she never leaves my side.  What they don’t realize is that she knows who the chef is.  If I drop something she gets to it before I do.  If I happen to walk away after taking a pan of cookies out of the oven, she eats them.  Whatever is left unattended she believes is left there for her – she has devoured dinners, cakes, trays of cookies, and more when I’ve had to leave the room for just a moment.  She knows no boundaries in the kitchen despite our efforts to teach her.

We love her though and she is truly a member of our family.  She makes us laugh, and in fact, makes a lot of people smile.  When we take her in the car her favorite way to ride is with her two front paws on the console with her head sticking out of the sunroof.   She definitely makes heads turn and smiles beam when people notice her.

Man’s Best Friend – Day 8

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

I saved the best for last!

Meet My Dog Daisy

Man’s Best Friend – Day 7

“His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.”  – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Meet Wilson

Man’s Best Friend – Day 6

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck

Today’s feature is a beautiful, fun loving dog who almost never sits still.  She was hard to capture because she runs so fast and would only stop for a second or two before taking off in a sprint again.  She was in constant motion.  If you look closely,  you can see it!

Meet Katie


Man’s Best Friend – Day 5

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversations as much as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley

Meet Coco


Man’s Best Friend – Day 4

“Dogs love company.  They place it first in their short list of needs.” – J.R. Ackerley

Today’s images are from Costa Rica, where dogs, in many cases roam free, or at least without a leash.


Where did they go?

Oh, there they are!

Which way did they go?


Man’s Best Friend – Day 3

“A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” – Bob Barker

Meet Heidi - she made me laugh!