Project 52, Week 45: Catchlights

I am so delighted to have found the time to work on this weeks Project 52 theme! Catchlights happen to be one of my favorite aspects in pet photography. In technical terms, catchlights are “a light source that causes a specular highlight in a subject’s eye in an image”. What draws me to the light in a pets eyes is the ability to see what the dog sees, reflected back. It is a world within a world; a secret, beautiful place.  And, the eyes on many animals are so beautiful!  While I don’t own a macro lens (for super close up photos), I still get to see a lot with the lenses I do have. One of my favorite catchlight photos was done last Spring. I cropped it down super tight so that you can see the reflection within the light of the eye.  It is the mirror image of the dogs owner.


In the images below, I was able to get closer than usual with my newly purchased Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. There are some lovely catchlights despite an overcast sky. My Border Collie boys have the prettiest amber eyes!

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Another favorite photo was taken just last weekend at my dog club’s semi-annual UKC Obedience trial. I caught this Malinois executing perfect attention in heel position. The eyes glow and the catchlights add some magic. All indoors. Light is fascinating!

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“In right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary”. ~ author unknown

For more beautiful images showcasing catchlights, please visit Elaine Tweedy’s blog:

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