With so many photographs of puppies and younger dogs romping and playing, we too often forget to look into the beautiful hearts of our aged companions.
This squirrel loves to eat the bird suet. He literally 'hung out' here for an hour one day!
This is one satisfied squirrel!
This is the night sky over the Grand Canyon during the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse of September 27, 2015, which was also called the Full Blood Moon. I will never forget watching the partially eclipsed moon rise over the canyon walls. It literally took my breath away and I was so excited that I had the opportunity to be in the Grand Canyon to witness this incredible lunar event. I captured some images of the eclipse, but this was, by far, my best image of that night. Night photography is something I hope to do a lot more of in 2016.
This is Ave. She is almost a year old. She has a lot of energy! I love photographing dogs in motion and experimenting with different angles. Ave loves to leap high into the air. I would like to try a shot where I'm lying on the ground and try to capture her with just the sky as the backdrop!
Newborn puppies are so sweet. While they appear so fragile and helpless as they lie suckling at their mother's teats, they are incredibly strong and active within a few moments of emerging into this world. Photographing them at this age, while not as difficult as capturing them when they are fully mobile, presents some unique challenges. For one, you need to have a very close bond with the mother! If she doesn't want you touching her babies, you are limited to getting shots that include her and she will need to be at ease with you pointing a camera at her and her babies. I try to use only natural or ambient lighting. You also need to have a lot of experience handling very young puppies. Everything is new to them, your touch and placement of them must be very gentle and as non-intrusive as possible. Finally, you need to work very quickly to return them to their blissful life with their mother.
This looks a lot more ferocious than it actually was. I find one of the best ways to capture a portrait of these high drive animals, is to wear them out a bit through play. Often, however, the play becomes the more interesting photo opportunity! Uma (the 'attacker') is fast and always gets to the thrown sticks first. Xane (the attackee) sometimes foolishly believes he can take the stick away. As evidenced by this photo, that plan never works out for Xane.
Dogs and Photography
Lorna possesses an overwhelming love for animals, but especially dogs. She also finds great pleasure in capturing the unique personality of each animal through her photography. This site showcases some of her work as well as insights into her inspirations behind each photograph.