Animal Photography: Fuzzy Faces of November (Humane Society)

Last week was pretty exciting for me, because I broke down and bought a prime that I’ve been lusting after for quite a while. The 50mm f/1.2L finally arrived to my house after much anticipation. I’ve shot with the nifty fifty 1.8, upgraded to the 1.4, and found the focal length great, but the 1.4 wasn’t really up to snuff. So instead of buying a new copy of the 1.4, I decided to go ahead and get the 1.2. The ultimate prime lens for working in super wide aperture (1.2 to 2.8 is spectacular!) The images are beautiful, crisp, and I found that I had far less throwaways. The color is good, not perfect. It doesn’t require much adjustment in lightroom at all. The histo-curves are to die for if you have your settings right. Shooting in manual wasn’t hard with this lens. it gobbles up light and produces beautiful, creamy bokeh. 🙂

Now, to the fun part… Here are a few of my favorite HS shelter photos from last week. More can be seen on their website and Facebook Page.

Sally… my favorite dog of our session. Sweet as pie.

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The face of mischief:

 

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Dixie, the pit bull that ate her owners lawn chairs 😉

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Dash the super smart terrier:

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Hello….. 🙂

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Favorite beautiful kitty cat of the day… this guy… –>

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Stunning Red! –>

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And my boy Rocky, who finally got a haircut –>

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Another curious kitten –>

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Cats are quite fun to photo. So exquisite –>

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Fabulous Furry Faces of September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to have to start it off with my favorite kitten of the week… Meet Gizzie. What a spastic mess this thing is, but man, if I had room for 1 more cat, she’d be at my house. She is totally neurotic, looks insane, and meows constantly. I loved every ounce of her craziness…

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MEOW! — Not as sharp as I’d like the image to be, but this little thing would not be still! She’s too cute not to share.

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Don’t fall in love… this little one is adopted 🙂

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This little girl is also adopted and is now called Bella.

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Another very photogenic feline waiting for adoption.

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Meet Buttercup, one of the shelter employee’s own dogs. She was being so photogenic, I couldn’t help but snap her.

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Chewy is still available. Loved this girl.

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Maddie is still waiting.

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Kaycee is also still waiting.

 

All photos shown here taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens. Processed in digital darkroom.

 

Furry Faces

I made it to the shelter earlier this week after work. It was hot and they were short handed, so I crawled in the pens and took a few photos of pups up for adoption. I won’t post them all, but I’d like to share a few of my favorite photos. You can see all the photos of available animals on the Dublin Laurens County Humane Society Facebook page.

 

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All photos were taken with Canon 6D and 24-75mm f/2.8L II lens in shaded sunlight around 5:00PM.

 

For more information on any animals pictured:

Dublin / Laurens Humane Society
618 Firetower Rd
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone / Fax: 478.272.5341

 

Black Cats

One of the most photogenic creatures on earth is a cat. Of course I don’t have much opportunity to photograph lions and tigers, but the common house cat is just as beautiful. Seriously.

I was at the Humane Society adoption event this Saturday taking the available animals photos and they had brought in a new black cat. I was completely enamoured by this cat. When you think of a “Halloween Cat” this is the cat you picture. Her eyes are fantastic. I could not leave her crate, I kept shooting until I could get the perfect shot of those EYES!

 

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There was little to no post processing done with this photo. The 24-70 is just that sharp. Oh how I love it!

 

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I just love those eyes.

 

Both photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens in natural light by window

Did you say, Pupcorn!?

Today, I decided to arm myself with a pocket full of Pupcorn and take the “big guys” out today to catch some pictures before the rain. The clouds were nice and it wasn’t so stinkin’ hot outside. Humid, though. The lens fogged up the second I walked out. Nothing a good wipe and some palm heat won’t fix. Buckley got left inside this time because he was in the middle of napping, and when that occurs you appreciate the serenity and leave him be.

Thor:

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(Thor will do anything for Pupcorn. Ask him if he “wants a nom nom” and you get a nice head tilt, too.)

Duncan:

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(This picture was ridiculously hard to take. Duncan is terrified of my camera for some reason. Plus the neighbor’s dog was barking and he was far more interested in what he had to say than Mommy harassing him to smile.)

 

All pictures taken with Canon 6D in overcast weather with the 24-70mm f/2.8L II

A Few More Animals from Today…

All dogs pictured in this album are at Dublin Laurens Humane Society at 618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 272-5341
Hours of Operation
Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed – Sun

The cats pictured in this album are for adoption at PetSense (via Humane Society) which is located by the mall in Dublin.

Orange and white kitten  twin #1:

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Orange and white kitten twin #2:

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Siamese:

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Lacy:

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Missy again:

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Little Black and Tan Boy (AC-2950)

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Photos taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens or 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens

More Animals for Adoption (Dublin, Georgia)

Headed out to the Dublin Laurens Humane Society after work. We got some of the dogs that have been at the shelter the longest. Some of these guys (and girls) have been there since January! We need to get them adopted out! Photos and status are current as of posting date.

All dogs pictured in this album are at Dublin Laurens Humane Society at 618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021 Phone: (478) 272-5341 Hours of Operation Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed – Sunday. If you are interested or would like to forward to rescue, PLEASE contact the shelter ASAP.

Hunter (1 year old yellow male lab mix):

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Shiloh (young female hound mix):

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Missy (1 year old female setter mix):

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Fluffy (young female Australian Shepherd mix):

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Rocky (young setter/border mix):

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Patches (5 month old male pointer mix):

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Jasper (5 month old male pointer mix):

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All photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.

New Spirit 4 Aussie Calendar Submissions

Every year, the rescue we adopted Thor and Duncan from, New Spirit 4 Aussie, publishes a calendar for national fundraising.  Last year, the organization requested adopters to submit photos of our rescued Aussies to go in the calendar for 2013. Photos are submitted along with a donation and then members vote to select a cover photo, plus all the months. All photos submitted are included in the calendar somewhere, so everyone’s dog gets a spot. We were super excited when Thor was selected as “Mr. February” this year’s calendar and have been looking forward to participating again. (Of course I was excited, it is photography and for a great cause!) Also, just in the nick of time I was thrilled to find out that they are accepting rescued Aussies from OTHER organizations too, so that means Mr. Buckley can be included since he was adopted from Carolina Hearts Aussie Rescue (CHAR). The deadline for the upcoming 2014 calendar has finally come, and it took me days to decide which pictures to submit. In true Southern fashion, I don’t get in much of a hurry about anything, and naturally waited until the last minute. Finally, my decision has been made and I wanted to share our submissions and encourage you to donate to a rescue! The calendars come out in time for 2014 and they make great gifts for Aussie dog lovers!

 

Mr. Duncan

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Taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens, indoors using natural light from window

 

Mr. Thor

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Taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens, outdoors in sunlight

 

Mr. Buckley

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Taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens, outdoors in sunlight

 

Now, donate to a rescue, pet your favorite furry creature, and take plenty of pictures of your pets to share with the world! Remember, fostering and adopting save lives!

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The Right Way: Helping a Turtle Cross the Road

Last week, I was on my way to a hair appointment 30 miles away. While driving down the road, I noticed a little turtle in the middle of the highway. I looked at the time, and I was pushing it, but I decided I must turn around and try to help the little guy (or girl) get across. I remembered someone posting a link on Facebook a while back to tips for helping a turtle cross the road, and I thought, well that was really helpful. Believe it or not, it’s not as simple as picking up Mr. Turtle and setting him on one side of the road… So, I decided to put together a little graphic to share with everyone to teach people the “proper” way to help a turtle cross the road.

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