Monday, March 12, 2012

Week 10/52 :: Theme: Round

Such beautiful weather we had this weekend!   We spent Saturday at Cave Ridge Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley, adding yet another another winery to our list of favorites.  The owners and staff were so inviting and friendly. Add that with a designated girls day, a bestie's birthday, lots of giggles and conversation and we couldn't have had a more perfect day...and something perfectly round to photograph.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week 10 :: 52 Weeks of Banjo

Another shot in the neighborhood.  I have been eyeing this site as a possible picture for awhile and pleased with how it looks. Of course, Banjo was game to give it a try.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Eau de Milkbones

I've been meaning to post a picture of this beautiful girl for a couple weeks.  We "bumped" into each other while I was gathering my stuff to take Kona on a mini photo session after I got my morning coffee.  Now see that sweet, affectionate face...Now do you want to know what is giving her that look? That is a face of a dog that just passed a stranger that smelt like dog treats.  Yep.  The owner couldn't understand why her dog stopped and was taking so much interest in me.  I wish it was my dog photographer awesomeness that makes even strange pups want to stop and get their picture taken from me, but no...It is because I go around in public smelling like Eau de Milkbones.  Regardless, I was still able to get a lovely picture of that adorable face.

By the way, this girl's owner also owns The Enchanted Florist on the corner of Prince and Fairfax in Old Town.  You know you are in the right place when you see the little birdhouse on the side that supplies all the local dogs walking by with dog treats.  You know you can't go wrong supporting small businesses that are pet-friendly.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Old Town Kitty

I saw this cutie walking back from the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  According to her collar, her name is KC and she wasn't a shy girl at all.  As you can see, she loved posing for the camera. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Week 9 :: 52 Weeks of Banjo

I was a bit lazy this week; I spent Saturday photographing our town's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, so I didn't have time to take Banjo out for a weekly photo.  Instead, I took pictures of Jo and sister as they enjoyed basking in the front door sunlight.  I'm always fascinated by how Banjo's eyes catch glints of light; I guess it is one of the advantages of having a dog with marbled eyes.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Week 9 :: 52 Weeks of Marley

I captured this quiet moment of Marley basking in the front door sunlight.  Marley often gets these looks where she's in deep thought and contemplating life's happenings.  I suspect today's thoughts had something like when the next meal time might be, whether she hid her bone well enough so that Banjo wouldn't find it. or how the dog next door is such a snooty little thing.  
I wish I had my reflector close by when I took this, her face should have some more light bounced back on it because of the backlighting.  I knew that if I went upstairs to go get it, Banjo would run up and follow me...which starts a chain reaction in our house and Marley would soon be in tow.  So I'm going to be satisfied with capturing the moment rather than a perfect picture.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Week 8/ 52 Weeks of Marley :: Look at Me

It's a rare thing for me to be in a picture; I really prefer to be behind the camera and hate having my picture taken. I knew since I'm participating in a themed "project 52" that the dreaded day would come that I'd have to turn the lens the other way and do a self portrait.  This week was the week, so I did a test run to see where I might have good enough light to do this.   As you can see, Marley has no problem posing in front of the camera.  She looked so adorable and puppy-like in this picture I decided to use it for her Week 8, despite me being in it.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Week 8 Banjo :: Happy President's Day

Banjo and I got up super early and went for a walk, grabbed a cup of coffee, and watched all the city employees buzzing all around town preparing for one of our city's biggest events--the annual George Washington's Birthday Parade.  We live in Old Town Alexandria, which was the same town where George Washington lived, so we get quite heavy on the President's day festivities all month in our town.  In a few hours from the time this was taken, the city was crawling with people, kids and dogs.  (Alexandria is famous for how dog-friendly it is.) This is one of several alleys in our town that still has these gorgeous cobblestones and brick in it. 

Week 7 / 52 Weeks of Marley :: Princess and the Pea

Marley watching the world go by from the top of her tower of pillows.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Who Let the Dogs Out

Kona was staying the weekend with us so I decided to take her with me for a little mini photo session while going out for some coffee.  I often walked pass this door thinking it would be great to photograph a dog posing with these two stone pups. Kona was perfect for this since she's almost the exact height as them, but I never thought that she would pose so much like them!  We ended up having quite a crowd of on-lookers stop and get a chuckle out of this scene.  It makes me smile every time I see it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Week 7/52 :: Red Hot

I love this picture.  My friend's Labradoodle, Kona, was such a team player for playing model for this.  I figured her black nose would look much better than Banjo's multi-colored one, especially against the red background.  Marley would never let me put any food item on her nose without her snatching it in less than a second flat. It took her a little while for her to learn the trick, but once she got it down she was a pro.  I know she was really looking at me just telling me to hurry up and get the shot.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Week 7 / 52 Weeks of Banjo :: Streaming Light

While coming home from work and changing clothes, the most beautiful light began streaming into the bedroom from the sunset.  Begging Banjo to STAY, I ran downstairs to get my camera, rushed back upstairs and had about three minutes until the light faded completely out of sight. I know all of you have felt that anxiety that you're about to miss that perfect shot and every second counts...I was sweating at this point I think...This is almost SOOC, a few minor tweaks, sharpening and nothing but natural light.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Week 6/52 :: Culture

This is the George Washington Masonic Memorial.  I live in the city of Old Town Alexandria right outside of DC.  George Washington was one of the original surveyors of Old Town and lived in of our little historical port city, so you can imagine, President's Day/month is a big deal in our town.  We have a huge parade, special G. W. tours, reenactments, memorial tributes, birth night balls where everyone wears period outfits and attends a birthday ball for George at the still-standing Gadsby's Tavern (where GW frequented).  Alexandria is VERY proud of its' heritage and the residents here keep history alive.  The George Washington Masonic Temple stands anchored at the end of our main street towering over the city on top of Shuter's Hill.  I'm lucky to go to bed every night seeing the iconic temple lit up outside my bedroom window.

Week 6/57 :: 52 Weeks of Banjo :: A Walk in the Woods

Banjo and I went for a walk in the woods at a local nature center today.  It was an odd cloudy day when all of a sudden a major storm moved in and the weather dropped about 10 degrees in a matter of minutes. The wind started blowing wildly and the next thing you know, we had a little mini snowstorm to walk back in.  Given that we have had such a mild Winter this year, this might be the only snow we see this season.  Fine by me.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Week 5/ 52 Weeks of Banjo (Photo Challenge #1)

Recently, I was accepted to start submitting one of my dog-related 52 Weeks projects to a pet photography group. I've decided to use Banjo's this year. This week the group had a challenge...To take a photograph of our dogs while including the following three elements: paper, red, scarf. When I first read the challenge requirements, what popped immediately in my head was the old childhood joke, "What is black and white and red all over? ... A: A newspaper. So Banjo wore a red scarf, while he read the newspaper this morning....You can take the last element either way it is played upon in the joke. 

The first photo is the one I submitted for the challenge, but my little furry-face was so cute, I posing, I'm sharing a couple other favorites.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Week 6 / 52 Weeks of Marley :: The Park

Marley got to go to the dog park today.  She doesn't like going to play with other dogs, but prefers to sniff around the perimeters of new "hunting" territory.  She could spend hours doing this.  It doesn't lend to the most interesting pictures.  Every once in awhile, she gives me a little attention to do my thing. I love the colors, light and of course, her sweet face in this photo.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week 5/52 :: Marley 52 :: All Ears

Oh my girl's ears are one of my favorite things about her.  Being a Jack Russell Terrier, she's supposed to have folded over ears.  As you know by now, Marley doesn't really conform to the norm...Her ears rebelled in her early years and decided they would prefer to grow standing up.   In the Jack Russell world, this is called "prick ears", and yes, according to the breed standard, they are undesirable.  Well hogwash, according to cuteness standard, I think her prick ears should get her a "best in show" ribbon.  Those ears give her personality and is usually the first signals to what she is thinking in that cute fuzzy head of hers.  If the ears are straight back, she's giving the "poor me" look; straight up, "Full alert, something is there; let's go hunt!"; twitching back and forth with an intense stare is her "Are we going to eat yet?" look, while the one ear in each direction is her, "I'm confused-which way did he go" look. (See, she does take after her, mom).  

This afternoon, Marley was curled up and buried in the tightest little ball on one of our pillows. Despite her state of relaxation, those ears I love so much were popping up in full view to put a smile on my face.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Week 5/52 :: Best Friends

This week's theme was "Best Friends".  I couldn't think of a better example of best friends than the bond Kona and Allen have.  Being the lucky (and well-behaved!) dog Kona is, she goes everywhere with Allen...Work, commuting, around town, to friend's houses...If they allowed dogs on ski slopes, I believe he would have her there too.  Oh how thrilled Kona would be with that!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Week 4/52 :: Bokeh

This week's theme is bokeh and since Banjo needed a walk, he would be the subject in my mission to find it.  If you understand the long shutter speeds you need when shooting during the night or in low light situations, you know this is dumb...dogs, people, living things move.  Well my boy was a superstar and managed to hold still just long enough to let me get this picture.  I'm not thrilled with the composition or his expression necessarly, but I can't complain how well he posed and held still for it. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Week 3 :: 52 Weeks of Banjo -- Low Light

Grey dreary skies on Saturday and no light in the evenings by the time I get home from work, leaves for working with what you got.  I had to push my ISO to the max to get shutter speeds that will work with Banjo playing with his sheep toy, but I love how the light worked and how it hit his marbled eye. ( And yes, I totally had to coax him to play with his toy right next to the only window that might give enough light to take this pic.)