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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 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


This week’s blog post topic is BLUE so I thought about the beautiful blue sky, then I dressed Louis in a blue shirt, which he so proud of tha he didn’t want to take it off He just loves photography, which makes it so much fun. Next up is Kim Hollis of Barkography of Charlotte,…

  • ElaineMay 15, 2017 - 3:46 pm

    The light blue background really shows off Louis’ fur. None of my dogs will wear clothing.ReplyCancel

  • DarleneMay 14, 2017 - 7:53 pm

    Aw so cute in blue!!!  Love his little name tag collar with the bling!  ReplyCancel

  • JodieMay 13, 2017 - 7:11 am

    Omg what a cute model, love the blue shirt ReplyCancel


This week’s blog ring topic is FRAMED, which has many interpretations. I chose to create and frame an oil painting style photograph. Louis was so happy to pose for me, as usual so we captured a great photo; then I used an oil painting filter, painted in some grass and added the frame. Next in…

  • JessicaMay 10, 2017 - 12:51 pm

    What a cool way to interpret this week’s theme! I like that added oil painting touch!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineMay 5, 2017 - 8:17 pm

    Lous is adorable, and I really like the painterly look of this photo! This would be a good way to show clients what their images might look like framed.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle MarshallMay 5, 2017 - 4:33 pm

    I really like the oil painting look!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie OnoMay 5, 2017 - 11:33 am

    Very lovely… Louis is one photogenic guy.ReplyCancel

  • SusannahMay 5, 2017 - 8:01 am

    Nice interpretation of the framed theme.ReplyCancel

  • KimMay 5, 2017 - 7:57 am

    It seems as though many of the photogs this week chose to “frame” the subject in a frame!ReplyCancel