52 Week Project | Favorite Song

The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).

The theme this week: Favorite Song.

My favorite song? A song by Silversun Pickups called “Lazy Eye”.

Instantly my mind went what else can I do aside from googly eyes for lazy eyes? Uh…. and where the heck are my googly eyes? (No idea…)

So a quest ensued. The dollar store had nothing in the realm of the eyeglasses with eyeballs on springs, so I picked up a pair of reading glasses with different frames and some googly eyeballs in a pack of multiple sizes. More questing to other dollar style stores and party stores with no results like this:

Buggers. So back to the plan of the reading glasses and googly eyes. A little tape and those googly eyeballs were stuck to the glasses, the start of lazy eyes. Add in a backdrop stand with some wrapping paper (a red & blue argyle and a roll sparkly red) for a backdrop and the concept began to come to life.

Minus this:
Bender was not having anything to do with the backgrounds. Or taking pictures. So. Very. Helpful…. Gah!

Pause for belly rubs. A few treats plus gentle persuasion and we resumed position in front of the backdrops (sitting wasn’t in the cards this round). The red colored images are inspired by the very red lighting in the music video for Lazy Eye.

“I’ve been waiting
I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life…”

The glasses were introduced and we “died”… it counts as being lazy right? (Dog photographer’s dogs, am I right? Haha!)

“But it’s not quite right…”
“To appear sad
With the same old decent lazy eye
Fixed to rest on you
Aim free and so untrue…”
“Still the same old decent lazy eye
Straight through your gaze…”

“It’s the room, the sun, and the sky
The room, the sun, and the sky

I’ve been waiting
I’ve been waiting for this moment”

With Bender being a challenging model, I swapped him for Axle… who wears glasses like an old librarian… Removed the googly eyeball and tape. He’s one of those stern sourpuss librarians… 
And thought adding in a book would complete the librarian look. Yes these images have nothing to do with my favorite song (though there is a band called The Librarians, or the song “Marian the Librarian” from the Music Man or “Librarian” by My Morning Jacket that could play to Axle’s images…) but when the inspiration strikes…

You roll with it. Oh man that lip of his! The book of choice? Give the Dog the Bone by Steven Kellogg.

Next learn about the favorite song for Linda with VPShoots Photography serving Tampa Bay, Florida!

52 Week Project | Minimalist

The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).

The theme for this week’s 52 Week Project was minimalist/minimalism.

The wiki definition of minimalism: Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.

While the Webster dictionary defines it as follows: A style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

A tricky concept when it comes to adding dog into the mix as most dogs consist of complex parts – ears, noses, legs, tails, coloration. My aim was big spaces to emphasize the contrast of shapes of Bender (especially his ears and profile) against the static backdrop of the buildings. Bender on the other hand, thought the sidewalks were cold on his bum, the weather was cold and wanted to smell all the smells instead of holding a sit for more than 2 seconds.

We managed to get a couple keepers.

Next visit Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD to see her interpretation of minimalism.

52 Week Project | Wide Angle

The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).

The 52 Week Project theme for this week was wide angle. Wide angle refers to the field of view by which a camera sees the world through a lens. Wider = a wider scene, while narrower = a magnified, smaller scene (aka zoom!).

Enter in the Creakasaurus.

Years ago (indeed within the first year of use, in the realm of 2011) the Creakasaurus lens was created. The setting was a bumpy barely maintained road that wrapped around the outskirts of the Great Sand Dunes. A resting spot on a handrail no longer was at rest on a particularly lumpy bump. The lens, a Tamron 10-24mm fell, impacting heavily onto the floor of the vehicle front lens element down, effectively jamming the barrel of the lens, rendering the lens useless (and only a day into the trip).

(Insert swearing and massive anxiety)

Some crafty manipulation and the barrel was unjammed. The tradeoff, the lens now sported a VERY noisy autofocus and an occasionally touch of loosing its mind. The dreadfully noisiness of this lens keeps it in the lineup as a landscape/cars lens. Also it is a crop sensor lens, so on a full frame camera there is MASSIVE vignetting at 10mm that doesn’t clear up until 15mm. And barrel distortion especially on the edges.

But it sure is wide…

(Above: I’m not exactly sure if the light is reflecting inside the barrel of the lens or if its reflecting off the smaller rear mount area)

Bender was not impressed with the noise, nor how close I was to him (minimum focusing distance is 9.45″ inches aka VERY CLOSE!) even though I had a tasty treat in hand. Also, that’s his classic “mom’s in my face old man no ears look”…

Since the weather was on the cusp of warmish, with no breeze, Bender & I departed towards the downtown area to use the Creakasaurus. There is no discretion of noise for this lens, so luckily downtown was quiet (as small towns are) and no one paid us any mind.

Across the street from the brick wall above is wall that once sported a playful mural for the little local bakery (bakery is no longer, nor is the mural), it now has a crisp white color from sidewalk to roofline. A weathered bench sits against it. I wanted to emphasize the space being bigger than Bender so he was positioned on the bench, (from his pout, I’d say it was cold on his bum), the Creakasaurus zoomed out to 14-15mm (hence the touch of vignetting). 

I moved back slightly for a little more space and to center the bench on the wall. (The curve of the snow is from the barrel distortion of the 10-24mm at 15mm). I kind of want to print this as a giant piece and have in a gallery somewhere…

Next visit Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD to see her take on wide angle.

52 Week Project | Silhouette

The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).

This week’s theme was silhouette. A rescheduled session on Saturday meant that I could go questing for a sunset and a crisp silhouette (sunset is approx 5:45 pm here in the frozen North). Bender was happy to go for a car ride and we traipsed to a one of my go to areas just outside of town that was a vast flat field with some concrete rubble (former turkey barns) that could be used for height.

From last July, 2017.

WHOA! It changed! A quaint series of streetlamp stood in a line in the middle of the road, the rubble had been removed and replaced with a GINORMOUS dirt pile that looked like a huge pyramid in the distance.

We departed the warmth of the car and were greeted by a brisk winter breeze that skirted across the open field. There was a smidgen of clouds on the cusp of the horizon and the sun was just above the trees. We paused to pose on a rounded concrete form for a bit of height. Shooting wide open on the 20mm was pretty, but without clouds in the sky I wanted a little extra pizzazz from the sun. Stopping down to f/9 gave me some pretty sunbursts (aka pings).

Bender’s bum grew cold so we shimmied to a pair of pallets in a small stack which were a little closer to the pyramid of dirt.

We moved to the massive pyramid of dirt. It was sharply sloped and inspired a fleeting thought of climbing to the top, but with the briskness of the wind on the ground, it would have been much worse at the top. There was a smaller sub pile of dirt that was slightly higher than hip level that Bender obliged in climbing onto.

The light was low, the grasses were backlit, so we attempted a few ground level images. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but silhouettes none the less.

Not the last image, but my favorite of the evening. The ping, how the light tickled the edges of Bender’s face, the spill of light on the touch of grass leading away from the horizon…

Next visit Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area to see her silhouettes!

Grey Face Rescue | Adopt A Senior Dog | February Wellness Event

Grey Face Rescue was in full swing last weekend for their February wellness event. The wellness events occur every month with the adoptable senior dogs and their fosters dropping by the office (did you know that Grey Face Rescue is now in Sauk Rapids?). They get health checks, nail clips and grooms – grooms were provided by Wags on Wheels Mobile Grooming!

Seriously these seniors are SPOILED! What would spoil them even more is to have a home to lounge and consume all the treats (in moderation of course) they are able to.

As always, visit the adoptable dogs list on Grey Face Rescue’s website to know who’s available. 

Chance the master of the head tilt, was the first of the adoptable senior dogs I photographed. He’s a bit of a shark with treats (aren’t most labs?) but that head tilt trumps all! He’s a laid back guy who enjoys walks, people and treats.

Dukie was the second charmer. This  little gentleman is 9 years young, has a dislike for cold weather, but loves, really really loves treats. Plus he’s super adorable!

A duo of Westies! Sammy (the girl, she’s a little smaller) and Bubbles (the boy, little more brown coloring). Both are older and distinguished characters who show little signs of age (Bubbles is 15!). They enjoy treats, are spunky and are available as an adoptable pair.

This charmer is Riley. He’s a gentleman of 14 years, who has lost some eyesight and hearing in his years (who hasn’t as we’ve aged?) but he doesn’t let it slow him down. He’s spunky and can lounge with the best of them.

New to the rescue – not adoptable yet | This handsome gent is Billie, a senior dachshund with a lovely dapple and tan coat. He was brand new to the rescue on Sunday so little is known about him yet. Stay tuned to Grey Face Rescue to learn more!

Pepe, the fabulous chi! This little dude is a charmer who is particular about his people, loves to snuggle and rather enjoys treats (his waistline shows it). He would love to have a home that would spoil him with love, walks and snuggles. He’s my current favorite distinguished gentleman.

Pippa the sassy! She’s a spunky character and is typically vocal about telling you her opinion. She loves treats, walks and snoring on naps.

June is a sweet senior poodle who looked stunning after her groom with Wags on Wheels. She’s a quiet, snuggly gal who would love to have a family of her own.

Curious as to what goes on during a wellness event?