We started the session with a few photos of the proud parents to be...
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
It's been a hot minute since I took any portraits, but I broke out my camera last weekend to take some maternity photos for my beautiful co-worker, Tania, and her boyfiend, Enrique. Tania was gracious enough to let me select the location for her photos, so we headed to one of my favorite places for her session - the Riparian Preserve.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Life has been all puppy, all the time, for the past year as we added first Sylas and then Hazel to the family. I have been working very hard to turn both of them into well behaved dogs. In that regard, I have spent most of February consumed with training both of them.
Sylas is currently enrolled in his sixth (Yes, SIXTH!) training class, which is a part 2 of a class he took in the fall. Last year he learned skills to be well behaved while on a leash and now he is practicing those skills at a variety of public places.
Hazel is currently enrolled in two classes simultaneously through two different trainers. One of them is a basic obedience/skills class and the other one is a leadership and obedience class. Really both classes are teaching her the same type of things but one is just at a higher level than the other.
I really love working with the dogs on training. I find it rewarding when they learn something new and I find the process of teaching them new things really fun. Hazel is an exceptionally fast learner and picks up on every new skill almost immediately. Sylas takes a little longer to catch on to some things but while we are training he gives 100% of his full attention to it. He seems to really enjoy training sessions. It might just be all about the treats, but I like to pretend he likes the experience!
When I am working with one of the dogs, I usually take that dog by itself into the bathroom where we can work without being distracted by the other dogs. Once all the dogs know a skill, I may work with them as a group or else I may tether them all and work with one dog while the other dogs wait for their turn. But the majority of the training is done one on one. So for February's self-portrait I opted to take my photo in the Master Bathroom with Hazel and Sylas to represent what I have spend so much of the month doing.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Back in mid-January, shortly after signing up for my photography classes, I got the bright idea to take some new photos of the burrowing owls. I was thinking that if I got there bright and early maybe I could catch them up and active. So I set my alarm before the crack of dawn and was out the door just as the sun was rising.
Only to get to the park and find that THERE WERE NO OWLS! Apparently, they have been relocated to an undisclosed location. *sigh*
So instead, I headed off to a nearby nature preserve to see what I could find to photograph. Since I really didn't have any agenda or expectations, I just wandered around and took photos of whatever caught my eye. I can't say I captured anything earth shattering, but I did get several images that will work for my first class assignment and that was the goal of the outing!
Here are my favorites from the day:
There were tons of these birds up in a tall tree near the parking lot. I spent quite a while taking photos of them but only caught a few decent ones. Since my longest zoom lens is only 70-200, wildlife photography can be a challenge. I often have to do a lot of cropping of the photos after the fact so the subject doesn't look like an ant on the horizon. If I intend to take up wildlife photography with any regularity, I definitely need a different lens. I have been thinking about renting one in the near future just to see what I think.