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"Friendship is a promise made in the heart. Silent, unwritten, unbreakable by distance, unchangeable by time"

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"Friendship is a promise made in the heart. Silent, unwritten, unbreakable by distance, unchangeable by time"

Part of a series of shots taken of this little girl with her very protective dog. So heartwarming to watch them together in the warm morning light!!
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21 Comments |
darrellgillenwater Ultimate
 
darrellgillenwater January 15, 2016
Beautiful shot
AHogue
 
AHogue January 18, 2016
OMG, this is absolutely precious! A winner for sure!
AliGailGarrett
 
AliGailGarrett March 05, 2016
Love the capture, like a little story being told. Girl and her best friend. So precious
marnie333
 
marnie333 March 11, 2016
Priceless!
Prijaznica Platinum
 
Prijaznica April 07, 2016
Great shot!
agraves
 
agraves April 07, 2016
Magnificent!!!!!!!
lydieburgunder
 
lydieburgunder April 11, 2016
A wonderful photo, great mood - Superbly sharp - soft tones - everything is perfect here ; Excellent work!
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson May 23, 2016
Voted Friendship. Beautiful shot. Good Luck!
santoshpatanaik
 
santoshpatanaik July 12, 2016
Awesome !
kevinsarsons
 
kevinsarsons January 30, 2017
wish i had taken it ,very nice....and the rest of your work
edj41 Platinum
 
edj41 January 31, 2017
All little girls and big girls should have a very protective Dog!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 March 21, 2017
priceless..シ
Hareee
 
Hareee May 04, 2017
Human best fren alws
MariaBander
 
MariaBander August 14, 2017
Magnificent!
iluv2shoot
 
iluv2shoot August 20, 2017
Beautiful capture this is!
WildProds
 
WildProds September 25, 2017
Wonderful
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 06, 2017
Beautiful portrait / Voted
amsiso Platinum
 
amsiso February 13, 2018
Beautiful photo and a history behind
PGibson
 
PGibson March 22, 2018
I really like this one!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO December 20, 2018
a photo that really looks peaceful with a small child walking with his dog
LindieK PRO
 
LindieK September 11, 2023
This is a lovely image.
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Behind The Lens

Location

On location on the shoreline of Moses Lake, Washington State.

Time

Early morning right after everyone had breakfast. It is the best light for warm back light from this shoreline side of Moses Lake.

Lighting

I used early morning sunlight. It is such a great time to get that extra soft warm glow for back lighting. No flash was used. There is something so warm about morning light. It has a totally different effect then end day sun! It is the perfect kind of light for a happy shot!

Equipment

Canon T3i and Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens, all hand held. No tripod was used. I did find that using live view through the back screen helped to get the shot composed and focused like I wanted! Not sure if other people prefer that, especially professional photographers, but I do find it helpful.

Inspiration

I've been inspired by photographers like Elena Shumilova, Adrian Murray and Lisa Holloway, to name a few. I love images that bring to life stories of childhood. When I've seen some work of the photographers I listed and the wonderful moments of childhood they have captured, I realize there's a real need for many more moments of innocence like these to be produced. Images that remind us of simple things in life and what's truly important, especially in a world that has so much negative going on. This kind of shoot is actually my favorite, but just beginning at it, so really looking forward to trying more like it in the future.

Editing

I usually start processing in light room. For this shot I brought up shadows, adjusted color and increased clarity slightly and applied a vignette. Then moved it to photo shop and softened the background so the little girl and dog would stand out and be the main focus because I like the shallow depth of field look but had to keep both the little girl and the dog in focus to get the full effect I wanted. I am fairly new to both light room and photo shop so if I can edit this, anyone can!

In my camera bag

Canon T3i camera, Canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens, Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, Canon 10-22mm, Canon 18-55mm. I also have an 430EX II external flash and a 5 in one reflector.

Feedback

Early morning after breakfast is a great time for a photo shoot like this with children because they are well rested, playful and happy. It is also a good time to photograph pets with them. This did not require any set up, but just following around the little girl and her dog while they play. I also was looking for good back lighting to create a rim light around the girl and her dog. My advice is not to think too technical. Try and get all the technical planning done well before you start the shoot. It is about enjoying following them around and letting yourself get caught up in their little playful world and the mood of it. When you find a spot with that great morning light, find creative ways to encourage them to play in that area by hunting for insects or something to get their interest. Then start shooting like crazy and one of them most likely will be what you were wanting to capture. I used the 70-200mm lens and felt like it is such a great lens for this type of shooting. I love the way it gets sharp detail of both the girl and her dog. It has become one of my top favorite lenses!

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