What a vast and impressive realm photography is!!!  I seem to learn something new, daily.  On this weeks Project 52 workbook, we are studying metering and how it affects exposure.  Metering is entirely unfamiliar to me and reading through the material has been fascinating.  I can’t get enough of it!

Thanks to Ansel Adams, we have an exposure model called the Zone System.  According to our study book, The Visual Toolbox, “the Zone system divides the spectrum from white to black into 11 zones.”  Instead of experimenting with all 11 zones this week, our task was to take 3:  white, black, and grey.  It can be best to use a grey card for metering and I happen to have a set which I’ve used for white balance in the past.

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Frustratingly enough, my world has been ALL grey this past week.  We’ve not seen the sun for 4 weeks.  With heavy rain and fog, I took off for the local park with my Bron where I knew there was a pergola to shoot under.  I got set up and took my shots according to my zones.  I was very disappointed with a couple of photos but I liked the grey zone (card) the best.  I chose to NOT do a single ounce of editing so that all of you can see exactly what occurred with my experiment.  Check out the visual diagram below…


When I was done trying out the 3 zones, I decided to put my camera in AF mode to see what shutter speed IT would decide on when metering the grey card.  Below is the results.  I liked it better than the others so I did do some basic editing.  Ugh, look at those rainy grey skies, though!  My grey card fit right in, lol.

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Once I got back home, I decided that it wasn’t enough to practice outside.  So, I scooped up my youngest son’s stuffed puppy to see what my grey card could tell me…


Okay, I am officially a metering nerd.  What can I look for to meter next?  I think I’ll make a list, hahaha.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please feel free to comment with questions or thoughts about the zone samples.

For the next stop in the blog circle, it would be wonderful if you would head over to Future Framed Photography, located in South Dakota:






PROJECT 52, WEEK 2 “Consider Your Vision”

I believe that this week’s Project 52 theme is perhaps the most meaningful out of all prior themes, to me.  When I first put my hands on a DSLR camera, I was hooked but never knew my surprising passion would find its way into a business.  So, I spent a couple of years having fun with my Dad’s Canon Rebel t2i on the weekends.  While I was photographing everything in sight, my friends noticed that the photos of my dogs were getting really good.  At last, in the Summer of 2014, a good friend suggested I make a business out of photographing pets.  I didn’t know there was such a thing!  I fell into it hook, line, and sinker.  I bought my Dad’s camera from him before later saving up enough for the Canon 6D.  There is nothing I would rather be doing each day!  Even the drawing portion of Hoof N Paw has taken second place in my heart!

As an Anne of Green Gables type of a gal with an old soul, the spirit of a country road, and the longing for a little home in a nest of fir trees, my photography is an attempt to mirror all those simple blessings in life.  Typically, my style has included a lot of earthy tones with bits of jewel hues mixed in.  Yet, my eye is continually drawn to soft photos with the feeling of romance or mystery, like that of Rupa Sutton’s Photography.  While I’m still working on creating my own style of editing in that soft look I desire, I am trying to hone my work so that the concept is clear.

For now, here is a progression of images starting at the beginning (2014) and slowly getting closer and closer to the vision I dream of.


It was tough looking for a suitable location for a current example of my work due to the usual dreariness of January.  However, I managed to find a little corner of heaven to continue the pursuit of my vision this week.  As of January 2016, this is where I am right now…

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I thank each and every one of you for stopping by, supporting my endeavors, and following the journey!

Next up, take a look at the work of Amyranth Pet Photography, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA…

Project 52: Consider your Vision

Project 52, NEW

We are starting off 2016 with a very apt theme for Project 52: NEW.  I have so many new things planned for 2016 already that it was hard to decide how I would run with the theme.  I’ll be working on marketing, setting up an Instagram account, creating a list of new photography models (horses, cats, & even sheep!), some graphite drawings planned, and there will eventually be a web site tied to this blog.  Hoof N Paw is stepping it up a notch and I’m so excited!

In the end, I decided that it was high time to work on off camera flash for this weeks theme.  I’ve had a flash unit but only used it once, outside.  Never inside.  I prefer the light of the sun.  This week, however, our snow was going through a melt-off (that icky, brown muck) so I needed to take photos inside and with the flash.   I played around with how the light bounced off my ceiling for quite a while.  The Border Collie boys got a bit bored with me but I love the end results!


Yes, Mr. Balan is a gentleman wearing flowers, hehe.  I found the flower clip at Hobby Lobby this week and had to get it for all the future pet ladies I photograph.  I told Mr. Balan that he would need to oblige me, this time, and wear them so that I could see how they worked out.

As in most of my photos, I used my Canon 85mm f1.8 lens.  I have the 50mm but the 85 just can’t be beat.

Now, please head over to Shelley Castle Photography for more NEW photos.  Link below…

52 on Friday :: New

Mr. Balan, Winner

Each month, the Hair of the Dog Blog does a fun pet photography contest.  I enter my Hoof N Paw photos according to the monthly theme.  There are often close to 200 images from amazing pet photographers around the World!

For the month of December, the theme was “tails”.  I had just the photo to enter.  Mr. Balan, holding a stuffed kitty by the tail.


And, we won!  So happy to make a pleasant splash into the new year.