What is texture? Texture is defined as: the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance. Texture is this week’s topic of our Professional Pet Photography Blog Circle.
In amazing photographer Bryan Peterson’s Book, Learning To See Creatively, he states that “A compelling image of texture – unlike line, shape, pattern, or color – is dependent on low-angled sidelight.” He says that it’s “imperative that you search for texture on sunny days in the early morning or late afternoon hours”.
My first images were taken on a cloudy day at a dog daycare, “Ruff n’ Tumble“. I would have loved to work with a “macro” lens on these images, but I was photographing a large group of dogs in a pen area so changing lenses throughout the afternoon would not have been a simple task! I believe there were 28 puppies and dogs – i had my work cut out for me!
I was able to get a few “snout” captures with my 24-70 mm lens. I LOVE the texture in a dog’s nose! From the roughness to the little nubbies. Here are my favorite snouts from the afternoon 🙂
The first image is of a puppy that had been rolling in mud and playing in buckets of water all afternoon! WE had a few downpours so the dogs weren’t looking there “groomed” best! Along with the texture of the nose, you will notice that drenched, curly fur!
The next image is another puppy – a Chocolate Lab. I love the texture of the fur around her little nose.
The third image is a mixed breed – i love the golden color of the fur and the dark nose with the little bumps and whiskers.
Thank you for stopping by this week’s blog circle! Click on the link at the end of each post to see some amazing work from Professional Pet Photographer’s around the world! Next up is Susannah with Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are in the Cincinatti area on September 30th, Susannah will be promoting and signing her new book, “Rescue Dogs: Portraits and Stories“.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Eeeeek I love your puppy nose photos and I wish I’d been there with you. All those dogs = heaven (but I’ll bet you could’ve used the help too! 🙂 ) I love this bit of information: “A compelling image of texture – unlike line, shape, pattern, or color – is dependent on low-angled sidelight.” I literally was thinking about how to take decent photos of Willow’s fur and I googled it but didn’t find anything that really helped. This helps so thank you very much!
Aren’t noses so much fun?! Especially puppies!!! Definitely needed a helper… not an easy task! I love Bryan Peterson’s Books – Understanding Exposer and Learning to See Creatively – i go back to them quite a bit for resources! Glad the tips was helpful!
Great crisp images! Nice work!
Thanks so much, Pete!
The different conditions of your shooting the dogs’ noses, highlight the various textures! Great shots!
Thank you so much! Love capturing those “snouts” 🙂
Wow – great idea – and definitely shows the different textures in the dog noses – maybe I’ll try this sometime!
Thanks, Linda! I LOVE dog noses!!! So much fun! Definitely try it 🙂
28 Puppies, heaven!! The chocolate lab pup nose is so perfect!
Thank you so much! They weren’t all puppies… but my nose shots were – haha!!!