Leash Removal | 52 Weeks

About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul & Minneapolis MN |  52 Weeks 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 scene: a massive lodge, designed and curated for dogs with a massive fireplace, ornate chandelier and oodles of collars, toys and foods for dogs. (The location is Stone Mountain Pet Lodge an upscale dog boarding and doggie daycare.) In the massive indoor play area, there are a collection of vendors (Dog Gone Sassy & Val’s Brew Treats, Pet Wants, an antler vendor, CBD oils and a pocket of others) along the walls as well as the booths for Doberman Rescue MN (bake sale & swag, dig in!). About A Dog was tucked in near the window, next to the tail end of the DRMN swag table, a weathered wood backdrop hung and proceeds from the portraits going to the rescue.

The event: Dobe-O-Rama, an annual fundraiser and meet and greet for adoptable dobermans

When the time arrived, the doors were opened, the trickling of people building into a swell that flooded to the baked goods, swag and the tasties from Gouda Q (the brisket sandwich was so much yum!). Once they had their fill, they strolled, with dog or dogless, around the vendors, dropped raffle tickets in for winnings and gave the agility course a run through.

Most of the dogs in attendance were dobermans or mixes making it really easy to spot the non doberman dogs – a big 6 year old Leonberger, a Dalmatian puppy, a shepherd mix, a border collie and a few others meandered around with their owners.

Presenting the adoptables: Cooper, Rio, Andy, Hercules, Zak, Maximus, Reina, Rocco and Sassy!

And since the theme is leash removal, here are some before & afters!

A HUGE thank you to these guys for helping out DRMN by getting their portraits done! Thor & Rhea, Sadie, Patina, Lucy, Finn, Lola, Phoebe and Blue!

Next up visit Angela Schneider of Noses & Toes Pet Photography puts your pet in focus for family portraits in Spokane and North Idaho to see her leash removal!


 

Urban | 52 Weeks

About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul & Minneapolis MN |  52 Weeks 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 weather held a wee touch of briskness on an adventure to downtown St. Cloud for the urban theme. Bender, the butt-head, was happily excited for a quick ride down to the grungy alleys of downtown.

Enter every distraction, a dislike for the 20mm lens (giant eyeball) and a general distaste for being photographed and Bender was top level frustration. Treats didn’t matter. The approach? A sigh and a happy reset. The more fun we made it the more he’d at the least hold his sit position for more than 2 minor seconds, even if it meant the general direction of his eyes was everywhere else. When he did look at me, those lovely ears tucked back into the brimming bald old man. At least he looked mostly in my direction.

(If you’ve ever wondered where I get the patience when working with your dogs, its from this hunk of dog. He reminds me to keep it fun and embrace the moment, even if it means we’re rocking side profile images and no ears.)


Next visit Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell and surrounding communities in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex to see her urban!


 

Green | 52 Weeks

About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul & Minneapolis MN |  52 Weeks 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).


Green. What is this magical color and does it really exist?

Here in Minnesota, green hasn’t existed for months and now is buried under feet of snow (we anticipate snow cover until May). White is the farthest from green as you can imagine, a blank canvas populated by the blueish shadows of the paths cut into the surface by the squirrels and lopsided eared rabbit.

Without green, the 52 Weeks theme is a wee tricky. Though… we are early into the month of March, the week before St. Patty’s Day. Which means green is abundant, in scarves, shirts, socks, oversized glasses and gaudy headpieces.

Bender wasn’t overly thrilled to be naked in the snow on a mid 20ish temp day…

(He’s eating a crunchy treat in the last two images. Kind of looks like he’s got something to say about all of the snow. Or stepping on his glasses.)

With the snow a bit too chilly for Bender’s bum, we headed up the deck to go in the house. Nevermind, we’re not going in just yet…


Next visit Angela Schneider of Noses & Toes Pet Photography in Spokane, WA and North Idaho to see what green she has!


 

Depth of Field | 52 Weeks

About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul & Minneapolis MN |  52 Weeks 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 area in focus of an image is called depth of field. It can be very narrow & shallow with loads of blur or deep & vast so that everything from where you stand to the horizon is in focus. Portraits trend into the narrow end for subjects that pop against the background, while landscapes trend into deep depths of field.

Adjusting your aperture opening (aka f stop) is the main way you can manipulate depth of field. Small f numbers (ie f1.4 / f1.8 / f2.8) are wider aperture openings and boast narrow depth of field. Larger f numbers (ie f8 / f11 / f16) are narrow aperture openings and are key to deep depth of field.

Above: first image is 20mm at f1.4 & second image is 20mm at f8 / Can you see the difference? Look esp at the things on the shelves

Easy peasy!

Except….

Aperture isn’t the only thing that affects depth of field. Say what?

Depth of field is also manipulated by distance to your subject. Skootch closer and your depth of field gets narrower. Take a step back and your depth of field gets deeper. Without changing any settings!

Each of the above images are at 20mm & f1.4. Notice how much more blur (aka narrower depth of field) is happening to the background as we move closer to Bender. 

Additionally… depth of field changes with the focal length of your lens. The longer your focal length (ie 70mm, 135mm, 200mm) the narrower your depth of field, whereas a wider focal length (ie 15mm, 24mm, 35mm) the deeper you depth of field. Which in a way ends up negating the aperture adjustment for depth of field (to a degree, aperture still plays an important role). Crazy!

Above: first image is 20mm f1.4, second is 50mm f1.4 and third is 85mm f1.4. Notice how the background blur changes between each?

A classic “headshot” – the first image is a 50mm at f1.4 and the second is at 85mm at f1.4. Similar framing, but notice how different the blur is. That’s the difference in depth of field for a longer focal length lens. 

Another example above of manipulating depth of field with moving closer to your subject – this time with 85mm at f1.4. Not only does the background get blurrier but the section of focus on Bender’s face gets narrower so that only his eyes are really in the focus area. 

Neato! Now you can manipulate your depth of field not only by aperture, but by distance to subject or using a different focal length!


Next visit Linda Perdue, VP Shoots Photography serving the Tampa Bay area, Florida to see her take on depth of field.


 

Tale of Tails | 52 Weeks

About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul & Minneapolis MN |  52 Weeks 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 tail of tails. Those appendages on the backside of dogs that display mood and comfort – from wagging in happiness, tucked from nervous or raise in alertness because the squirrels are in the yard again.

Within breeds, tails are consistent minus coloration. Within mutts, the variable is increased to favor one or the other parent, a blend of both or none of the parents, with coloration also added as a variable.

Tail length is another variable. There are breeds have been bred to be without tails or short nubs (australian cattle dogs, boston terriers, french bulldogs, brittany spaniels, english bulldogs and pembroke welsh corgis), some are bred with bobtails, others are docked (boxers, rottweilers, dobermans, pointers, cocker spaniels, airedale terriers and schnauzers to name a few), while others sport full tails in different lengths, feathering and carrying position of the tail (when at rest).

[Between my two, Bender has a sword style tail with a white tip that hangs to about ankles when relaxed, while Axle has a sabre style tail that has a curve in the end when at rest – when he’s in go mode his tail arches over his back.]

The backend of Trey the beagle. He’s sporting the classic white “paintbrush” tip (did you know it was to help the hunting party see where their dogs were in the grasses of a field?).

The tails belong to: Lucy the boxer, Gunner the brittany spaniel, Watson the am staff, Xhosa the rottweiler, Shanook the husky & Poe the mutt.


Next visit Terri Jankelow: Toronto professional dog photographer specializing in lifestyle pet photography in the Greater Toronto Area and South Florida to see her tails!