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26 Comments | Report
RobinV
 
RobinV February 26, 2015
Very detailed portrait of a fine dog, love the exposure
ricklecompte PRO+
 
ricklecompte March 10, 2015
Well Done!
kevinsawyerphotography PRO
kevinsawyerphotography March 11, 2015
Thank you.
Sassy79
 
Sassy79 March 11, 2015
Great photo/kinda looks like my sasha
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 21, 2015
Great shot! Congrats.
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade March 24, 2015
A wonderful capture Kevin...very pleasing to the eye!
Well done and congrats....Brian
MelissaSword PRO
 
MelissaSword March 30, 2015
Beautiful dog and beautiful detail. I like it :)
kevinsawyerphotography PRO
kevinsawyerphotography April 03, 2015
Thank you so much! He is handsome!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel April 11, 2015
This one gets the Handsome Dog Award. Voted. Feel free to view Cleopatra in my gallery.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 16, 2015
Congrats!
Chicagotreasure
 
Chicagotreasure June 16, 2015
Magnificent and beautiful. I envy your abilities.
evets27 Premium
 
evets27 June 18, 2015
Great !!!!!
Beautiful dog (and yes they are handsome)
thunderlake
 
thunderlake June 22, 2015
beautiful
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 June 23, 2015
What a gorgeous shot...Pits are the best!! (:
terryc PRO+
 
terryc July 20, 2015
What a beautiful portrait!!
Alanamous
 
Alanamous August 08, 2015
This is the sort of image I aspire to be able to achieve with my pups. Makes you fall in love just looking.
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith October 05, 2015
Beautifully done! Makes me want to reach in and pet him! Congratulations on Peoples Choice Animal Expressions!
erinolivera
 
erinolivera April 21, 2016
I keep coming back to this photo. I cannot stop looking at it, it's just so stunning.
kevinsawyerphotography PRO
kevinsawyerphotography October 04, 2016
Aw, thank you :)
Celtgirl420
 
Celtgirl420 August 30, 2016
Such a love, he's gorgeous!
MeTooTimesTwo PRO+
 
MeTooTimesTwo September 02, 2016
I'm just starting to learn photography and this picture shows me how much more I need to learn! Congrats!
kevinsawyerphotography PRO
kevinsawyerphotography October 04, 2016
Aw, thank you :) I love your labs! :) Feel free to PM me if you would like any tips or have any questions at all. I would love to help you out!
Kazelzs
 
Kazelzs March 12, 2017
Love him! Thank you for highlighting this breed so perfectly! Wish I could do the same with my gal!!!
SVPhotos
 
SVPhotos September 28, 2017
SaraMadeArtStudio
 
SaraMadeArtStudio September 28, 2017
Handsome dog, I love pittbull type, so much emotion in their eyes
cpilz83
 
cpilz83 January 06, 2018
Beautiful shot!! I have two pit mixes and just love their expressions they make...great job
BoogieZee
 
BoogieZee January 19, 2018
Pitties are the BEST!!!
CG PRO+
 
CG November 11, 2019
Lighting and detail are fantastic in this shot
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U Apr 05
beautiful!
andinorwich PRO
 
andinorwich Apr 27
what an adorable pitty!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was actually taken in my own home. I tend to find the best photos of pets comes from when they are not being directed. That is how I tend to base my pet portrait sessions as well. I don't really give a timed limit on a session, but rather just chill with the pets and capture them as they go into their own routines. Their true personalities come out. So photographing them where they are the most comfortable or the place that they love to play seems to give the most epic images. This one loves his couch, therefore if I wait I get to get him in the coolest poses.
Time
The time of day is in the morning. I tend to have my camera ready on the weekend mornings because of how the morning light comes through our windows. It brings such a warm and soft light upon this room where the couch is located. Later on in the day that light goes away and I do not get such warmth or beautiful light that there is now. The contrast would go away and the image would be more of a flattened image without the light depth that it has now.
Lighting
Lighting in this photo is really all explained in the time of day it is taken. These photos where located have to be taken in the morning or the light would not come through the windows and light up my subject and the couch in the way that it does. If I waited later on these photos would not be lit half as nice as they are now. I believe that I would not even use photos from later on in the day. Lighting is everything in this photo. It adds the light depth and the contrast which brings this image to life.
Equipment
The camera I used is My canon 1DX. It has such good ISO capabilities and in the morning light in this room I do need to boost my ISO up a little bit. Not really pushing it, but having the camera that can handle high ISO, ISO 2000 is nothing for it. I believe I shot this with my 50mm 1.4 lens at f/2, as one can tell by the the depth of field. I shot it fast enough (1/160th) so that way there was plenty of wiggle room in case the dog moved, so I wouldn't get any motion blur.
Inspiration
Pet photography is a huge part of my photo career. My own pets actually are the ones who really inspired me to get into pet photography. As of this photo is actually of my own dog, Opie. So he was my inspiration to take this photo. It is such a joy just to sit there with my camera and wait for them to take on the cutest poses possible. Light also is a factor in this image. I would not be waiting around for them if the lighting wasn't half as good as it is at this morning time. So the complete inspiration for taking this photo comes from my own two dogs and the lighting. Us photographers always get excited about "good" light!
Editing
I did very little post processing to this image. I like to capture the image as much as possible in the frame that I took it in, including cropping. I believe if you are able to frame and know your crop in camera it will just make you that much better of a photographer. I still have a long way to go. I know I did the basic light levels in this image to make sure I did not have any blown out whites or to black of blacks.
In my camera bag
My bag is full of great prime goodies! 35mm 1.5, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2, and now added is the 135mm f/2. I try to shoot primes when I can especially when it is images like these. You have time to anticipate the shot, set up the image in your head, position yourself for framing, and BAM! A nice sharp image is created from it. I do have my trusty 24-70mm f2.8 in my bag though for faster moving things like weddings. Shooting with primes though I believe will help me become a better photographer. I have to think more about my positioning and how I am going to frame the shot. And I have said before, but I will say again ... If I can get the frame how I want it in camera so I don't have to post crop ... all the better!
Feedback
I have some very good advice to capture a similar image like this ... and that is PATIENCE! This type of photo can't be rushed. You need to plan out the time of day or the type of lighting you want to shoot your subject in. Then just disappear and let the pets ignore you. Eventually they will go back to what they want to do and forget that you even exist. Then you will eventually get the shot that you want or even a shot that is better than what you expected. I tend to spend a few hours on shoots like these where I just follow (or hang back) where the pet is. Getting the pet to ignore you is one of the best way to get chill shots like this. Then a little squeek from you where bring the pets attention up towards you. That is how I get them to look at me. You must be subtle about it or they were jump off and go to check it out. Just a quick short noise to get them to glance up to where it came from and then "click"! Capture that moment.

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