Blank Slate

January 05, 2018  •  17 Comments

Happy New Year!

The new year begins, resolutions are stated, it's time to wipe the slate clean for the new year. It's only fitting that the theme of my first blog post of the year be Blank Slate. No preconceived notions about what my photos for this theme needs to be, just my own thoughts and ideas around what I'd like to focus on this week. 

One of my photography resolutions is to incorporate flash more into my work. Integrating flash allows me to take more dynamic photos than only natural light sometimes allows. Flash can help you overcome poor light conditions either indoors or out.  It's a great tool to have in your arsenal if the weather turns badly on the day you planned your shoot and you need to head indoors or if you are in low light or no light conditions such as after sunset or before sunrise or in dark places. 

Here are some photos of Rosie, a pitbull mix. These were taken with a combination of natural light from a window, a flash and a reflector to direct light towards the dog. Naturally a very shy dog and often one to turn away when a camera is pointed at her, Rosie was a real trooper and came out of her shell, which is remarkable when you think not only was a camera pointed at her, but lights were also flashing at her. 

These next two photos were a little more complicated since I was trying to incorporate the nice blurry feel (bokeh) of the lights on the Christmas tree behind the dogs. Less successful than those above because there is no catch light in their eyes, but just as cute in my opinion since they are my own fur babies. 

Lots of room for improvement, but I'm making progress already. Let me know what you think. 

To see what other photographers did with this challenge, head on over to see Jessika Wasik of Bark and Gold Photography to see her example of the "Blank Slate" challenge.


Comments

Ann(non-registered)
I love the light in the photos of Rosie. It's so natural looking - more like you were in a room surrounded by lovely, soft light, rather than using a flash. Beautiful bokeh in the tree shots - enough to lend a festive holiday look but not distract from the subjects.
Tim Evans(non-registered)
I love the tree shots. So much better than the tree shot I tried with my pup this--well, I guess last--year.
SamAdele(non-registered)
Oh all of these photos are gorgeous! Lovely job!
Tracy Allard(non-registered)
Where in NH? I'm from NH, but +25 years since I moved away. Lovely images too!
Jessica(non-registered)
Such cute shots, especially in the Santa hats!
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