52 Project – Week 37 – “Night”

Embracing this week’s theme –  “Night” – I took up the challenge to take some shots after the sun went down.  To me, that means long exposures and an uncontrollable potentially moving object (Sydney).. which equals…. BLUR!!!! Picking up the gauntlet along with my trusty tripod, I traipsed out onto the back deck to see how the lighting might work to enhance Sydney’s hair. Good thing she’s a light-colored dog! I tried all of the various manual settings to keep the ISO low and the shutter speed as fast as I could get it to go and still have a decent image to show. Sydney was a semi-cooperative dog model. It was just about her bed-time, so after several unproductive images later…. (Mom, are we DONE yet? Where’s my treat?) – she was more than willing to take a snooze while I took several test shots. I finally got her situated (i.e., tugged and pulled and cajoled her to move) with the spiky fern potted plant as a backdrop against the dark light of the night. With only the low-wattage LED lights from the deck, it came out like this – using my 24-70mm F2.8 lens – (settings in this image: 70mm, f/7.1, ISO 1000, 1.6 sec):

Sydney - Night- Standard Poodle

Next up in the web-blog ring: Suzi Pix Photography in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Beautiful Beasties is a network with forums, blogs and chats for professional pet photographers, where we can get advice, share images and support each other. This post is part of the 52 Project Challenge. Each week, a new theme is chosen by a forum member – the requirement is that whatever we post must be shot that week – no fair using archived photos! It’s a great way to hone our photography skills and flex our creativity muscles. Our posts are linked together in a “web blog ring”. We use blog comments or the forum to leave feedback. Seeing what our fellow pet photographers have captured over the past week on Friday mornings is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get! (apologies to Forrest…)

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