As strange as it may sound, Bonventure Cemetery in Savannah Georgia may be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The towering oak trees are hundreds of years old, and so are some of its permanent residents. My favorite thing about this old place, however, is the art. If it were anywhere else, it would be ordinary.
Canon 6D with 50mm f/1.2L, adjusted in Lightroom.
A few more to come…
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.
The face of mischief:
Dixie, the pit bull that ate her owners lawn chairs 😉
Dash the super smart terrier:
Favorite beautiful kitty cat of the day… this guy… –>
Stunning Red! –>
And my boy Rocky, who finally got a haircut –>
Another curious kitten –>
Cats are quite fun to photo. So exquisite –>
One of my most recent adventures was last Sunday. Instead of church, we found peace and spirituality in another, more unusual place. We participated (somewhat) in the Rose Hill Ramble, which is held every Sunday before Halloween. It was a large group of people and one man with a megaphone wandering through Macon’s largest historic cemetery (and one of my personal favorites), Rose Hill. I’ve been known to ramble through Rose Hill in years past with my old Canon Rebel XS. The intentions were good, but it was difficult to hear, and people’s heads were interfering with my photo taking. We wound up wandering off from the large group and my creative juices started flowing. I took a few shots and threw them in Lightroom to play around with the colors/contrast. I feel like in old/abandoned/cemetery photography, there is a little more leeway for creative edits… as long as they are not overdone. I’ll go back one day when it’s not as hot… and I can drive my car. 🙂
Here’s what I came up with…
Lord knows I love a creeping vine on a tombstone.
There is something so beautiful and peaceful about the Son and the sun…
John B. Ross, another famous occupant of Rose Hill. An 8 year old little boy who aspired to be a fireman when he grew up. Read the blog post about him by Stephanie Lincecum HERE.
Ellen Gertrude headstone. 9 year old girl who died in 1859 from Scarlet Fever. Stephanie Linececum of Rose Hill blog wrote about her, READ HERE.
Dr. Robert Collins family plot statue: read about his wife and her sister HERE. (Great history lesson!)
Dr. George Pierce Gostin, M.D. headstone. Died in 1912, age 60. It reads: In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Which one do you like best? Tell me what you think…
On a side note, the 24-70mm is a beast. It’s so sharp and intuitive. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I finally took the dive and bought it.
All photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70mm f/2.8L Mk II lens with UV filter & hood. Edited in digital darkroom.
These are a few faces up for adoption at Dub Laurens HS 478-272-5341
It’s just a taste.. I have many more to come. Another volunteer project has come up, also pet photography related. You’ll see.
Here they are:
These aren’t full res because they are on the Facebook page and I’m uploading mobile. Forgive.
Lastly, all were taken on 6D in outdoor light (overcast day) with the 24-70mm f/2.8L II
More to come when I’m not half comatose past my bedtime! 🙂
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…
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.
Don’t fall in love… this little one is adopted 🙂
This little girl is also adopted and is now called Bella.
Another very photogenic feline waiting for adoption.
Meet Buttercup, one of the shelter employee’s own dogs. She was being so photogenic, I couldn’t help but snap her.
Chewy is still available. Loved this girl.
Maddie is still waiting.
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.
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.
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
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!
There was little to no post processing done with this photo. The 24-70 is just that sharp. Oh how I love it!
I just love those eyes.
Both photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens in natural light by window
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 will do anything for Pupcorn. Ask him if he “wants a nom nom” and you get a nice head tilt, too.)
(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
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):
Shiloh (young female hound mix):
Missy (1 year old female setter mix):
Fluffy (young female Australian Shepherd mix):
Rocky (young setter/border mix):
Patches (5 month old male pointer mix):
Jasper (5 month old male pointer mix):
All photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.
I haven’t done shelter photography since starting at the VA, so this is going to be a challenge for me, but I am glad to be back. It’s for a good cause and a great excuse to break out the 6D and do what I love. Plus, who can possibly complain about playing with puppies and kittens all Saturday? Not this girl.
Here are some photos I took this weekend for the Dublin Laurens Humane Society at their weekly Saturday adoption event. The kitty cats are available at Petsense by the mall through the Humane Society and the doggies are at their facility in Dublin.
THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE. These are only the animals that were at the adoption event on Saturday that did not get adopted. Sadly, there are MANY more dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies available for adoption that are at the shelter. I haven’t taken all of the photos yet, but there are many more to choose from.
Dublin Laurens Humane Society
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
All photos taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens