Fergus our Great Pyrenees at 85mm F/1.4 under natural light, Those aren’t soft boxes in his eyes just 2 large windows I’m fortunate to have in my basement office. At such a shallow depth of field it took me a few shots to get both eyes in sharp focus, and it’s critical for the eyes to be parallel to the sensor plane. I did apply a darkening vignette with a layer mask to eliminate a distracting background.
Spring is often the dirty season where sweeping landscapes don’t look that great. It’s the perfect time to focus on close ups and detail shots, such as melting ice, snow, puddle reflections etc. Here are a couple of recent shots as I wait for the milder weather. Fergus in Black and White doing what he does best, and a shot of a wooden pencil using 14 stacked images and the Canon 100 mm macro lens for maximum depth of field.
Muddy face of a Tamworth Pig at FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg, Canada.
Another captive Barn Owl portrait from Fort Whyte Centre in Winnipeg. I was hoping to get some catchlight in this guys eyes with this background, but he just wouldn’t cooperate. I did manage to get front lit shots with eye catchlight but with a boring blue sky background.
Fergus in black and white, with selective eye colouring
Fergus, our Great Pyrenees trying out the hotel room bed. He just spent 4 nights roughing it in a tent so was very happy to claim this bed for himself.
Highland Cattle portrait from a trip out west into Kananaskis Country, Alberta where many western films and TV series are shot. This longhorn posed with grass in mouth nicely, but removing 20+ flies and snot took a bit of work, not to be gross but high resolution close ups show a lot of detail.
Another Bighorn shot posing in front of a nice painterly background in Banff National Park.
Being a dog lover and owner I’ve yet to post a single photo of our feline friends, but this one might have been well worth the wait.
Emu at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, part of the Australian walkabout exhibit.