Before and After – Part 1

I sat down and had a portfolio review done the other day by a local photographer.  It’s hard to find someone that can give you honest (and knowledgable reviews).  I’m hoping to get a more in-depth one done with a well known pet photographer soon but I couldn’t seem to find the time to wrap my head around all the information I needed to provide to make it worthwhile and it was easier to just gather 30 photos together and get some quick and dirty feedback.

It was good. I learned a lot – mainly about what I should be doing better in editing but a little bit about what I could be doing differently while shooting too. Going into this process, I didn’t feel like I needed to agree with every comment he said, but for the most part, I found I understood his point and agreed with him.

I thought I would re-edit the images based on the review and then post some before and afters. Mainly so I can remember and refer back to it, but also in case some of you want to learn from my mistakes.  :)

I tended to make the same “errors” over and over again.  The biggest one is putting my subject in the centre of the frame.  There are times when it’s the best option, but often it isn’t.  I know this.  I’ve heard this before, yet I can’t seem to stop myself.   I don’t tend to centre my subject in the middle of the entire picture – but often they are in the middle from side to side or from top to bottom.

In this situation I took quite a few pictures of her under the tree so I just chose one with a crop I could work better with to include the feedback – which was essentially to put her on the right edge and to include more of the tree on the left.

Another common criticism (although I didn’t specifically write it down for this one) was to darken the background elements and increase my contrast so I did that too.

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After:

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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95 percent a man

He’s almost done growing in his adult breeding plumage:

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And he has discovered his purpose in life, nailing two pekin hens within five minutes:

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Increased rainfall brings higher risk of fleas for pets

Increased rainfall brings higher risk of fleas for pets
Vets and pet store employees alike are recommending newer flea medications, such as seresto collars, to avoid the pests building tolerance. Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 am. Increased rainfall brings higher risk of fleas for pets by Brittany
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Scratch fleas
Suck it up: Vacuum frequently — daily to every third day — to remove flea eggs, larvae and their food. Vacuum thoroughly where pets hang out and sleep, as well as along walls and under furniture, cushions, beds and throw rugs. Immediately toss the
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Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea Unite for Climate Change Concert
Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea, Dhani Harrison and more will perform at Paris' Le Trianon theater on December 4th as part of Pathway to Paris, a concert designed to raise awareness about the urgency of climate action. The event will coincide with the UN …
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Before and After – Part 2

This one also just needed some minor adjustments.  Take a little off the top (so he isn’t quite so entered in the image!), remove the flower in front – too distracting, take the blade of grass on the left side of his face out and blur the areas of grass that are in focus on the sides of the image.  I’m not sure if I agree with the crop (I find it feels squishy if the dog’s head doesn’t have breathing room) but I definitely agree with everything else!

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Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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DR. DONNA SPECTOR AND HALO PET FOOD

Dr. Donna Spector answers the question what she thinks is the best food for pets. In this video she gives her recommendation and tells us what is in Halo pet food and also importantly what is not in Halo pet food.

The holistic approach to pet health is focused on treating the “whole animal,” recognizing that good nutrition is an essential element of overall well-being.

Just like us, pets need love, quality nutrition, sound sleep, clean air, fresh water, exercise, sunshine and positive surroundings. A holistic approach to wellness encompasses all these elements. And we believe that good nutrition is the single most important factor.

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Tess

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House Dogs at Wolf Creek Farm

My new friends, Fitz and Jeb, from Wolf Creek Farm, last night’s awesome B&B in Ararat, VA. Next stop: HOME! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Dapper drake

Coming into his plumage:

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Velvet bucks

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Two bucks stand in an open pasture. One catches my scent and heads for the hill. The other doesn’t know what to do.


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