52 Project: The Rule of Thirds

The “Rule of Thirds” is taught to all photographers in their beginning composition classes.   In its simplicity, imagine dividing a photograph into 9 equal parts  – three rows of three equal columns – think, tic tac toe grid.   Align your subject along any one of the points where the lines intersect.  The subject is now positioned 1/3rd of the way in the photograph and not smack in the middle.  To the viewer, the image appears  more pleasing and natural to the eye.

In my examples, you’ll notice Reyse positioned to the left of the lake and then placed to the right of the photograph looking out towards the sand. (P.S. She was especially happy this day because mom bought her a new orange collar. 🙂 )

Visit the next photographer in the Beautiful Beasties 52 Project, Raleigh Pet Photographer, Tara Lynn, and continue clicking on the link at the bottom of each photographer’s post to bring you back here full circle.

52 Project: Antique/Vintage

Each week, members of the Beautiful Beasties network for international pet photographers choose a theme to post on their blog.  This week’s 52 project theme was Antique/Vintage.  Photos should display an antique or vintage look using props, backdrops or texture.

Our first photo is of the famous Colorado Bridge in Pasadena.  The bridge looks very romantic from a distance, but its checkered past has given it the nickname of ‘suicide bridge’.   People have been jumping off the bridge since the Great Depression and continue to do so through present day.  Rumor has it that ghosts haunt the bridge and the river bed below on dark nights.

Second is a visit to Eleanor Joy Toll Hall at Scripps College in Claremont.  One of the first residence halls and home to one of the most haunted places on campus.  Students have heard loud noises and rattling sounds in empty rooms and claim the spirit of Eleanor Joy Toll roams the hall.

Next up in the blog circle is Kathryn Schauer of Madison CT Dog Photographer.  Have fun viewing her photos on this week’s theme.

August 2, 2013 - 4:01 am

Kathryn - Lovely shots and locations, I especially love the second one!

August 2, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Nicole - Awesome photos, love the texture you used.

August 2, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Sue - Fabulous backdrops!! Great job.

August 2, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Kelly - Those locations are amazing! Really great shots.

August 3, 2013 - 4:33 am

Alicia Kapheim - The locations are perfect, I’m packing now…

August 3, 2013 - 11:01 am

Tracy Sutherland - The framing is gorgeous on the second shot! I really like the splotchy washed out effect you did – it makes these look very old.

August 3, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Barbara - These are wonderful – both the captures and the post processing. Knowing the history of these spots makes them even more magical!

52 Project: Low Angle

This week’s theme in the 52 project circle is “low angle”.  Photos taken at a eye level lower than the dog.  It was a fun assignment as it required fantastic interactions with the pets.  For my selection, I took Meekah out to a little pond near her home.  Little did I know that I would be taking this photo while kneeling in a green pond, splashed wet (as well as my lens), and angling the shot right into the afternoon sun.  But, it didn’t matter.  Meekah had a great time! 

Next up, please visit a Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos, and view her interpretation of this week’s theme.

July 19, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Alicia Kapheim - Spots!

August 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

Tracy Sutherland - Love the tongue!

52 Project: Fixed Focal Length

Each week, members of the Beautiful Beasties network for international pet photographers choose a theme to post on their blog.  This week’s 52 project theme was Fixed Focal Length.

Last weekend, I visited the Los Angeles Arboretum and encountered a very curious peacock.  Perhaps she smelled the treats in my backpack.  🙂  The photo was taken with my Sigma 20mm f1.8L.

Next up, please visit Clearwater Pet Photographer, Emma Grace Photography and view her interpretation of this week’s theme.

July 12, 2013 - 7:18 am

Sue - This is awesome! What aunique subject!

July 12, 2013 - 8:32 am

Barbara - Love this! I don’t think I could have pulled off a photograph; I would have been too shocked!

July 12, 2013 - 9:45 am

Nicole - What an unusually looking model. Great image too!

July 16, 2013 - 11:53 am

Darci - Very neat! You are braver then me. I’m always afraid they’ll come after me and you used a wide angle lens too so you had to be close.

52 Project: Colour

This week’s theme in the 52 project circle is “colour”.  Expressed in the background or on the pets themselves.

My first thought with this week’s assignment was to head over to downtown L.A. for some more street art photos, but then I remembered this abandoned car dealership which I pass on my way home from work each day.  The whole building is painted white and blue, but the most interesting part of the dealership is the front office door that – over the years – has slowly been tagged with people’s names, sayings and drawings.   So, my photo for this week’s blog post is Xavi sitting next to the door. 

Also, since it’s independence day in the States this week I am posting a photo of my pup representing the red, white and blue colors of the American flag.  Hope all those celebrating in the U.S. had a wonderful holiday. 

Next, visit Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos who is the next member of the Beautiful Beasties network for international pet photographers and check out Deanna Hurt’s interpretation on this week’s theme.

July 5, 2013 - 1:36 am

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July 5, 2013 - 6:36 am

Kelly - Very patriotic with a very cute model. Love it!

July 8, 2013 - 7:05 am

Blue - I love the door in the first one! And Xavi looks SO HAPPY to be celebrating the 4th in the second photo. Very cute!