52 Week Project: Week 26 – Black and White

Hi everyone,

The theme for the 52 Week Project is black and white.

I thought this time around I’d show you a few images and explain how or why I got to the final image(s) this week.

This week has been really, really busy. I didn’t have time to take Boo on location so I’m working with what’s in my backyard.

Our house is brick and I love the pattern and dark color most of the time. This week it just wasn’t doing anything for me, I suppose part of what I like about the brick is the color.

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

I moved on and tried the barn door to our carriage house. It was the same issue as the brick. I like it in color.  It just seemed a bit drab in black and white.

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

So I tried the ivy, which I liked but, I kind of wanted it a bit mushier so you don’t see every leaf and vine. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I have to say, I still like this picture because of the way he’s sitting and his cutie pie smiley face.

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

I switched to a wide open aperture and I liked it but, the light on Boo isn’t interesting and there aren’t any catch lights in his eyes.

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

I went to get the reflector, and I swear to you, Boo sat on that bench by himself and waited! My little guy wasn’t ready to give up the stream of snacks.

I had to change direction a bit to get a nice light on Boo Now the background is ivy and a couple of aspen trees and I don’t really love the expression. Sigh. He just wants the snacks now, this is his pathetic, “Can’t you see I’m disappearing?” snack face. If I had more time I would have taken a break and played with him to get the happy Boo face. Of course, I waited until the last minute to take the photos so there is no more time, the light is now!

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

We take a few more shots and now it’s down to these two. I have to admit I’m torn. I love the expression in this one. That’s the cute snack face and there are catch lights in his eyes. I like the background but I wish I could see a bit more of Boo. I feel like I get a lot of close up head shots of him.

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

I like the background to this photo a bit more and you can see more of Boo. His expression is more serious and I tend to pick the cute, happy photos of him most of the time, which is why I end up going for this photo. I kind of like the fact that he’s looking away this time. Boo what are you looking at?    “Squirrel.”

A progression in light for black and white images of Boo Radley

I’d love to know what you think. Leave a comment and let me know which one you would have picked.

Up next is Blue Amrich Pet Photography.  Click through all the links until you get back to StinkDog Photos.

Have a great week.

XO,

Deanna

 

52 Week Project: Week 25 – Looking Out

Hi everyone,

The theme for this week’s 52 Week Project is Looking Out.

I had a picture in mind for the theme but Boo just does something silly and changes my mind from a staged shot to shots of Boo Radley being being himself and that usually means something entirely goofy.

Boo Rad got a new toy this week called a fetch wheel and most of the time he brings it to me like this.

Some times he brings it back to me looking out the middle of the toy. When he gets back to me he can’t quite figure out how to pass it back to me so he sticks his tongue out to move it and it just slides forward onto his nose. There is no looking out now, he can’t see a thing, so he sits and waits until I take it off his face. What a nerd.

Up next is Amyranth Pet Photography, San Francisco, CA. Don’t forget to click through all the all the links to see how everyone else used the theme looking out.

Have a great week!

XO,

Deanna

© 2012 StinkDog Photos by Deanna Hurt All rights reserved.

52 Week Project: Week 24 – Fun Time

Hi everyone,

Fun is the theme this week for the 52 Week Project. We are supposed to show pets having a good time in front of the camera.

Boo loves the camera, I’m not even kidding, he will sit in front of a tripod for an hour if I let him. Doesn’t matter if I’m taking photos or not, there is an expectation of treats, petting, and lots of, “good boys” when the camera is out. He also loves to snoop in my camera bag for leftover snacks and squeaky toys but, that’s another story. When it comes to fun in front of a camera other people’s pets are another matter. I sometimes have to get them used to a camera, or get them used to the camera being fun, treats and games always help. Catch is my favorite thing to photograph. I love their big, goofy, slobbery faces with a ball, I just think it’s adorable, and they quickly forget I’m taking photos because they are focused on the ball.

Up next is Greater Cincinnati photographer, Carol Locey Photography, check out how the rest of the members have fun with the pets they are photographing and click all the links until you get back to StinkDog Photos.

Have a great week!

XO,

Deanna

© 2012 StinkDog Photos by Deanna Hurt All rights reserved.

52 Week Project: Week 23 – Self Portrait With My Best Friend

Hi everyone.

The beauty of a 52 Week Project is it challenges you to do things you may not think of or may not want to do… like a self portrait. I take them sometimes, but it’s usually when I’m in a costume or my face is hiding. I can’t help it, I don’t like to have my photo taken. I know, I know, I tell everyone they should get at least one decent photo taken of themselves a year (and you should, really!) and then I try really hard not to be in photos at all. In group shots I stand in the back and I actually move behind someone’s head when I can see the person pressing the button to their camera. Lol, I believe it’s something Sasquatch do too. 

Anyhow, here is a self portrait with my boy Boo Rad. I thought it would be fun to do a Jarvie Window, which is a fish eye lens and a ring flash. The fish eye distorts your face a tiny bit depending on how close you are to the lens but I think the photos are fun. Boo, was so excited I was on the floor with him he immediately started play chewing on my face and rolling around like a nut. I would say this is actually a pretty accurate self portrait of the two of us, big goofballs.

Up next is Silver & Pixel Photography, San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’m looking forward to everyone’s self portraits, click through the links and check them out yourself.

XO

Deanna

© 2012 StinkDog Photos by Deanna Hurt All rights reserved.