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Happy Dogs

Nothing warms the heart like happy dogs playing in the sunshine. This is Hallie having a great time with the ball. I’m sure that my fun-loving ganaraskan, Louis is one of the happiest dog ever. He makes me smile and laugh every day. I couldn’t imagine my life without him! Next up in the weekly…

  • Danyel RogersAugust 16, 2017 - 4:55 pm

    That first image is epic. I love when dogs go to their backs to play.ReplyCancel

  • DarleneAugust 13, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    I love the happiness in these images!  These pups are having so much fun!  Great captures!  ReplyCancel

  • JessicaAugust 13, 2017 - 8:15 am

    What fun shots! A ball always makes for a happy pup!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineAugust 11, 2017 - 7:02 pm

    I have noticed that when dogs are REALLY overwhelmed with contentment and happiness, they turn upside down, much like in your first photo.  It runs across breeds and genders. Great, happy photos!ReplyCancel

  • KimAugust 11, 2017 - 2:51 pm

    Big smiles = happy dogs for sure!ReplyCancel


Bokeh is the filtering of light behind the subject to form appealing patterns of light. In this image, the sunlight behind Louis is being filtered by the roses and shrubs in the garden to create beautiful circular areas. A wide aperture of 2.8 was used for a shallow depth of field. I positioned Louis close…

  • JodieJuly 9, 2017 - 5:35 pm

    Love the flower Bokeh, that tag is perfect. Gorgeous image !!!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJuly 7, 2017 - 10:30 pm

    I think flowers in the background often do make/contribute to a great bokeh! Sometimes even little clover flowers look like pin points of light in a photo. ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJuly 7, 2017 - 10:35 pm

      Thanks, Elaine. I never thought of the flowers until I saw the sun shining through my roses!ReplyCancel

  • DanyelJuly 7, 2017 - 7:29 pm

    Love the deep red colors.ReplyCancel

  • DarleneJuly 7, 2017 - 4:17 pm

    Love the capture of the colors in the bokeh!  And the way Louis’ collar stands out is perfect!  Great job!  Adorable pooch!ReplyCancel

  • LindaJuly 7, 2017 - 2:39 pm

    Lovely bokeh!  ( I can’t help but think about skiiing in the Collingwood  area and long weekends at Wasaga beach every time I see your location! )ReplyCancel

  • Kathie OnoJuly 7, 2017 - 11:33 am

    Nice photoReplyCancel

  • SusannahJuly 7, 2017 - 8:44 am

    Nice image. I like how the texture of Louis’ fur mimics the background bokeh.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 7, 2017 - 7:33 am

    Adorable! I especially like that little tag on his collar. It’s too sweet!ReplyCancel

Leading Lines

Leading lines are used to direct the viewer’s eye to the subject of the photograph. Leading lines commonly converge at the point of the subject, for example along a path or river. In the first image, the line leads from two edges directly toward the runner and the dog so the viewer automatically focuses on…

  • ElaineJune 30, 2017 - 10:44 pm

    Love that third image.  Very expressive face on what I am assuming is a shelter pup. Leading lines are everywhere, aren’t they?  We just have to look for them.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie OnoJune 30, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    Great photos…ReplyCancel

  • DanyelJune 30, 2017 - 12:16 pm

    OMG that first dog is HUGE and adorable. I bet he/she is a complete teddy bear. Great blog.ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueJune 30, 2017 - 8:37 am

    The colors and detail on the second image are wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 30, 2017 - 8:51 am

      Thanks, Linda. I took him for a walk near the shelter yesterday and thought this could help him find a loving home.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJune 30, 2017 - 7:00 am

    Ah, I like that you pointed out how the eyes can add to the leading lines of an image. I didn’t think to mention that, but it’s so effective!ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 30, 2017 - 8:50 am

      Thanks, this week I was looking at everything as possible leading lines.ReplyCancel

  • KimJune 30, 2017 - 6:10 am

    I’d not thought of using a dog’s tail as a leading line. Good one!ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 30, 2017 - 8:49 am

      It seems crazy but when I looked at the image, his tail led me right to his face. I shot this yesterday for the shelter.Thanks!


This week’s blog ring topic is Soft.There is nothing softer than a beautiful kitten. They look at you with their beautiful, soft eyes and snuggle up in your lap with their wonderful purring. These are some of the kittens who have been adopted from Georgian Triangle Humane Society in Collingwood. /> Next in the blog…

  • DarleneJune 27, 2017 - 8:24 pm

    Beautiful kittens!  Definitely perfect for a “soft” theme!  Love the last one with the pink bucket and jewels!  ReplyCancel

  • RochelleJune 25, 2017 - 4:41 pm

    I adore the props you have used. These are wonderful images!ReplyCancel

  • Linda MetcalfJune 23, 2017 - 3:09 pm

    Perfect subject for this weeks theme!ReplyCancel

  • LindaJune 23, 2017 - 12:23 pm

    Wow – these are fantastic!  I love them and you have given me some great ideas on how to photograph kittens (I am not sure if I can get a cat to do this!).  I have a few baskets, I have access to a few kittens, I’m going to give this a try – did you put blankets or towels inside the bucket or blanket to make it softer?ReplyCancel

    • CynthiaJune 23, 2017 - 4:24 pm

      Yes, I use pillows, towels or blankets so they are high enough in the baskets. Also it makes them more comfortable. You have to work fast and have everything set up since they don’t stay still for long. I use a tripod for this. You could try with an assistant first.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJune 23, 2017 - 12:15 pm

    Gah! That second image is stunning! They are all wonderful. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • SusannahJune 23, 2017 - 7:44 am

    Too cute! They are all so adorable, soft and fluffy!ReplyCancel

  • Kim HollisJune 23, 2017 - 7:44 am

    These kitties are wearing some lovely jewels. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cynthia@petswelove.caJune 23, 2017 - 4:15 pm

      I like to try different looks to help them get great homes. It usally works since I work with a great team!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJune 23, 2017 - 7:30 am

    Kitties in buckets?! I never thought to do that for my local shelter, but I love what you did here! The softness of their fur and those sweet props are too cute. I’m sure these pretty kitties will be adopted in no time!ReplyCancel


This week’s blog ring topic is “Backlighting,” with subjects lit from behind, often resulting in images with overexposed areas and dark shadows. “This backlit image of Louis is shot with the only light (the sun) behind him. I used a reflector to direct light back into his eyes, and the flare is caused by the…

  • JessicaJune 16, 2017 - 7:53 am

    That sun flare is insane! You’ve got the perfect rim of light going on there, too!ReplyCancel

  • Kim HollisJune 16, 2017 - 7:31 am

    I like the flare on the right side of your first image – that is cool!ReplyCancel


This week’s blog ring topic is Motion so we went to the bay and captured a dog having so much fun repeatedly jumping into the water. Next in the blog ring is About A Dog Photography serving central Minnesota. Keep going around the blog ring to see more motion pet photography until you end up…

  • DarleneJune 15, 2017 - 10:58 pm

    Love the “splash”!  Fun!!!  ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJune 10, 2017 - 8:58 am

    That is quite a splash!  Canonball for dogs. Dogs seem o have so much fun in water.ReplyCancel

  • Kim HollisJune 9, 2017 - 7:55 pm

    I’m sure you had a blast watching him too!ReplyCancel

  • sandraJune 9, 2017 - 8:33 am

    Happy puppy! ReplyCancel