Story Telling: Warmth (Week 4 Challenge)

I am a little late getting this one posted.    Another somewhat busy week and the weather was so craptastic that it was hard to find the motivation to shoot.  However, this week was probably a better week for this challenge than I would have initially thought.

Lots of snow.  Plenty of chill.  Should be easy to show some kind of warmth in contrast to the winter.  The featured photo here isn’t the one I chose, but it is a damn good example of what I was thinking.  Here are a handful of the options I had for my official week 4 selection:

Now, the header footer and the hot cocoa photos are completely fine and dandy.  However, I set a personal side challenge for this week to submit a picture that didn’t directly or indirectly include my faithful sidekick, Houdini.  He’s a handsome German Shepherd and deserves to be featured as much as possible, but not this week for the sake of me trying to do something different.  That’s what you’ll see him in the top image of this post.  Well, you see his silhouette in the featured image.  It’s great and tells a story, but it isn’t the one I went with.  This however, is my submission:

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Just nothing but me and the warmth of the fire on the coldest night of the year (-50ish with the windchill).  It is simple, to the point, and should make you feel the warmth through your screen.   Let me know what you think of any of these.

Last week was a black and white photo of inspiration.

The week before that was a motion shot.

Inspiration: Black and White

We’re at the week three point in this 52 week challenge.  I’ll be entirely honest.  I’m having a tough time finding the extra time to devote to the challenge.  Life happens.  However, I am still committed to getting something submitted each week.

This week, we had to take a photo to be done in black and white.  The idea around it was one word: inspiration.  Well, when I can’t go out and shoot something out in the external world, I find inspiration in my world.  Realistically speaking, of of the more inspiring aspects of my life is my faithful pooch, Houdini.  Sure, I used a pic of him last week.  However, I had a great opportunity for a nice shot on Saturday morning with the light coming through the living room window.  So yeah, here’s my week 3 submission.

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Here’s an alternate version of the same photo, but I didn’t think it was as dramatic.  Maybe I am wrong tho:

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Here’s another one from that morning that didn’t make the official cut, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t handsome anyway:

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And finally, here’s one from a couple weeks back that I wish I had taken this week so it was eligible for the challenge:

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Here’s last week if you want to check it out.

And week one too.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Composition: Rule of Thirds Motion (Week 2 Challenge)

This one is up a little late.

Oops.  Life happens.  It’s been a busy week.  However, I was able to capture a photo that I think goes with the theme.  The idea is to use the rule of thirds for composition and somehow demonstrate motion with your photo.

So, here it is.  My all-time favorite subject doing is all-time favorite activity.  Houdini jumping to catch a snowball.  Seriously, there’s nothing in life that he loves more.  Honestly, action shots of this boy are some of the best things I capture.

So yeah, here’s my Dogwood Photo Challenge Week 2 selection:

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Here’s what I did last week.

Next week, the challenge is “Inspiration: Black and White”

Houdini Loves Snow…and His Frisbee

Today in Green Bay, we got a tad more snow.  That reminded me that I never shared this collection of Houdini photos I shot several weeks ago.   He loves running around out in the country.  There’s snow.  There’s squirrels.  The best part for him is that he gets to run free without a leash.   Here are my favorites from that afternoon:

 

 

 

Mit Liebe Photos with Santa!

On Saturday I had the pleasure of taking photos for a phenomenal fundraiser that benefited the Mit Liebe German Shepherd Rescue located here in the greater Green Bay area.  We had around 40+ pups come on through to meet with Santa Claus.  It was a wonderful time.   Below are some of my favorites.

For those of you who came through for photos, here is the online album of images. They aren’t all uploaded as of this post, but will be there by end of day today (Tuesday). You can feel free to download and print as you wish.  You have full reproduction rights!  Merry Christmas!