Week 40: Lost & Found | 2017 Project 52

I had an idea this week. It might be cheesy, but I love it.

During last year’s Project 52, I took the most adorable picture of my dog that can hear, Chase. I’ve made it my desktop background.

On multiple screens. You can see that photo here.

I share this image so you can get where I’m going with my lost & found photo. That photo was my inspiration. Chase was my inspiration. More specifically, her ears. OK, wait for the cheese…

floppy ear

Settings: f/4.0, 1/160 sec, 50mm, ISO 2500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Chase lost one of her pointy ears. And found a floppy ear. An adorable ear. More character than she ever needed in her life.

Unfortunately, we have trouble with doggins and allergies in September. And unfortunately, I was a bad dog mom and tried to deal with it all without a visit to the vet. Chase ended up developing a hematoma on her left ear. It actually swelled up quite large, and started to go down, but the tip of her ear still has a pocket of blood in it and the cartilage can’t support it. So now it flops. All the time.

When she runs, it flops.

When she snuggles up to us, it flops.

This dog’s cuteness has reached an all time high and I squee all the time because of that damn ear.

Also, I can’t believe how old Chase is getting. Twelve years strong with this furry one.

Week 41: Step Back
due 10.11.17

Most new photographers find themselves getting closer (and closer) to their subjects. I did it myself. And until I had a photographer friend encourage me to “step back” a few years ago, and to shoot wider. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually I was able to embrace stepping back and I fell in love with it.

So this week, we are stepping back. Take your photo like you normally would and then step back to take another shot — and step back again. See how far you can step away from your subject and still create an interesting image, one that you’re still connecting with your subject.

Bonus Challenge: Don’t just zoom out, actually move your feed and step back. I prefer to use prime lenses so zoom is not an option, but don’t forget to use your body to find a wider angle.

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