52 Project – Week 9 – “From the Hip”

This week’s theme – rather a challenging one at that! – was “From the Hip” as in shoot from the hip, which means you are shooting blind without looking through the viewfinder. When I first learned about this technique, I couldn’t imagine dangling my camera from my fingers around my knees, with the only grip on my most prized possession being four fingers clutching the rubber finger grip on the side. Some pet photographers are more coordinated than I – as they also will run backwards, luring the dog or cat towards them with a tasty treat or toy. Nonetheless, despite the frigid weather and frozen tundra here in Northern Virginia – Sydney was more than willing to give it a go. She loves the snow, and dashes madly around, sticking her nose into each and every footprint to sniff out whatever creature passed through her yard. She had stopped here long enough for the camera to grab focus on her face – which was no easy task! After many attempts, I was able to get her entire body, feet, tail and head in the frame…while she paused to check out the noises of the snowplow down the street.Week 9-Hip Shots-1354-After dashing about, she was ready to come back inside the warm house and snooze out for a bit. With the last remnants of the afternoon light coming through the back door, and the camera resting on the floor in front of her….notice that the very tip of her nose has a bit of a pinkish tinge – that’s called “snow nose”. I did a little research and found this little factoid:

The most common reason a dog’s nose loses its pigment is called winter nose or snow nose. Some dog’s noses change colors from a dark color to pink in cold weather; turning dark once again when the weather gets warmer. Usually when the nose changes color due to the weather it only partially changes pink. Snow nose seems to be directly related to the temperature and is harmless to the dog. The culprit is thought to be a breakdown in an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is what makes melanin. (Melanin is what gives color, or pigment, to the hair, skin and parts of the eyes.) The enzyme is temperature sensitive and gets weaker with age. (from dogbreedinfo.com)

Some breeds which are most prone to the nose changing with the weather are the Bernese Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Husky, and Shepherd. Since Standard Poodles are actually water retrieving dogs, I’m including Miss Sydney in that group, too.

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Now let’s travel ’round the globe to the enchanted warm climes of New Zealand and see what Kelly Wolfe Photography  – Waikato, New Zealand pet photographer has cooked up for us!

Remember to keep on clicking through the webring until you land back here with Sydney & MAC!

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