Puppy Shoot Extraordinaire…
I enjoy Photography. I love seeking out new and exciting places to photograph and document. I also enjoy puppy’s, puppers, doggos, woofers and yappers. So why not combine my two interest and participate in some local pup shoots? My recent pup shoot endeavors lead me to photographing the most precious little pooch. Her name is Vivian and she is a Corgi. I met Vivian and her owner at the Savannah Yacht Club a week ago after scheduling my very first pup shoot! The little Corgi was bouncing all over the place and reminded me of a little energetic bunny rabbit hopping from place to place. The shoot was a blast! I ended up increasing my shutter speed to 1/1000 just to try to keep up with the little ball of fur! Rolling around in the grass taking close up pictures of a cute little pupster wasn’t a terrible way to spend the afternoon. I ended up capturing some great shots and made a couple of new friends.
I am ready to get back out there and do some more shoots if anyone is looking to get some nice looking pictures of their pup. I am tossing around the idea of expanding into doing cat shoots, but I am just more a dog person right now. It is going to take some time. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these pictures from my last couple of shoots and I look forward to hearing from you!
Coming Soon… Cat Shoots?
Sami the cat photographed by Still Nature Photography!
Photo Composition Made Easy!
There are many simple tricks and tips you can use in order to make your photos come across as more powerful and pleasing to the eye. One of the easiest tricks to adopt when you are out taking photos is the “rule of thirds”! I am going to try my best to explain the rule of thirds to you by using three easy steps.
Step One: Locate the subject matter of the photo.
Step Two: Divide the photo into thirds.
Step Three: Place the subject matter on one of the dividing lines!
It is as simple as that, when looking at an image our eyes naturally look for lines and shapes. The human eye is looking to fully understand what is laid out in front of it, so naturally the eye wants to condense the photo into easy to read shapes and lines. Cropping the photo using the rule of thirds is just a way to simplify your photo structurally so that it appears less cluttered and easier for the eyes to glance at and really focus in on the subject matter at hand. An example of the perfect use of the rule of thirds is featured below in my portrait entitled “Wildlife on the Herb River” . The subject matter is the two birds on the river. Notice how I’ve shot and cropped the image so that both birds fall on two of the dividing lines?
Now here is the part where you get involved! I want to challenge you to keep the rule of thirds in mind next time you are out with your camera whether it is an i-phone or DSLR camera, take time to see the image unfold before taking that next shot. What is the subject matter of your image? Does your image follow the rule of thirds? Is your image clean and organized? Take some time to really appreciate the composition of your image and people that view your image will also start to take notice! Well thanks for tuning in to my brief discussion on photo composition and the rule of thirds. I hope you learned something valuable! Below is a few more of the pictures I have take this year that really apply to the rule of thirds, use them for some inspiration!
I took these two pictures at separate times in my career. The one on the left portrays pidgins flocking in unison off the South end of the Tybee Island Pier and the one on the right was taken at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge north of the South Carolina/Georgia border. I found these two photos while searching through old galleries and I decided to create a blog post using the two in tandem.
There are numerous connections that can be made between nature and our everyday lives. Life is social. We depend on one another for support in hard times as well as bond together at times of joy and exuberance. It is a quest really. We strive to find greatness as a group when challenged as a whole and also find ourselves venturing out on our own to search for a sense of identity and attempt to create our own path. Both behaviors are equally as important in both nature and everyday life. As for the Avian Species depicted above, it is a struggle to survive day in and day out. It is hard not to marvel at all life that surrounds us. The tenacity of a flock of pidgins tossing around in a fierce wind or a lone turkey vulture scrounging, searching tirelessly for its next meal. What are some times you have felt challenged? What sort of mentality do you use on a day-to-day basis? I hope this short article gave you a little Monday motivation… Thanks for tuning in and I look forward to writing more this upcoming week!
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Inspirational quote of the day : “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”- William James