Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sunday Stills

There is a photography website I found recently called www.sundaystills.wordpress.com.  Every week they put up a photography challenge with an example and other bloggers can accept the challenge and post their own photos.  I haven't participated much because my photography skills (if you could call them that) are limited to pointing my camera at something and pushing the button.  For every one of these good pictures, I have at least a hundred that I hope no one ever sees.  I am trying to do better and actually learn what those settings on my camera do.  I like the Sunday Stills challenges because it gives me one simple thing to try to do each week and provides some basic directions.

A couple of weeks ago, I even bought a copy of Photoshop Elements when they sent me a super sale offer.  However, I am finding that software to be a bit um, challenging.  I have no doubt it can do miracles with photos but, don't hold your breath waiting to see Photoshop wonders here.  In fact, you shouldn't even put off a menial, boring chore you have been successfully avoiding waiting for me to master the wonders of Photoshop.

If you want to see some great photography and "meet" some wonderful critters at the same time, you should check out  www.the7msnranch.com.  She takes some great photos and her subjects are wonderful.  My photography requires more of the "it's the thought that counts" attitude.  Still, I have taken a few photos that I particularly like and when I saw that this week's Sunday Stills challenge was pets, I figured I'd have to jump in.  Tanner features rather heavily here for the simple reason that he has been here the longest and I have had more opportunity to get a decent shot of him.  So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorite pet photos (untouched by Photoshop and likely to remain that way:)














          

 




13 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! You underestimate yourself. Your photos are wonderful! And your subjects even better. Nice composition in most of these photos, too. You don't even need Photoshop. Your photos stand on their own!

    If you do find yourself challenged by Photoshop, like many others do, too (me included), you should try out a free downloadable program that is worlds simpler to use. It's called PhotoScape. I use it for some of my photos that require a little tweaking.

    Anyway, great job on your photos. Your critters are adorable!

    ~Lisa

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  2. Love your photography, your sweet animal companions and, most of all, your way of observing, reading, understanding them and sharing your insights. Glad I followed you here (via your recent comment on 7MSN, which expressed my feelings exactly)!

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  3. Beautiful pictures. I particularly like the last one of the dog jumping for the stick in the snow. :)

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  4. Great shots and I love your header!

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  5. I love love love the lens distortion on that full face shot of the donkey. That is fantastic. And my goodness what long ears he/she has.

    P.S. I don't own photoshop either. Good for you!

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  6. LOL! I have the whole Photoshop suite on my computer and can't work the dang thing! I use very simple programs, but for the most part, just leave my photos as they are. Love your pictures!

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  7. Wekk done. I love the last action shot. :)

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  8. You have some peculiar pet shots! Great!

    Firas
    http://firaszphotography.wordpress.com

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  9. oh what wonderful shots. Love the donkey's face and the jumping dog photo. Love your action shots and how you took them.
    picturesbybrenda.blogspot.com

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  10. Your photos are great! You have captured their spirits very well. Nice work. : )

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