Pet Photography with Florida Summer Skies

July 21, 2017  •  7 Comments

This week's word for pet photography is 'sky'.  As many of you know, I live in the "Sunshine State", yep - Florida.  If you live in Florida too, take a few moments to think about how many sunny days you have seen in recent weeks.  Sure, it starts off with the nice sunny morning most days here on the west coast, but within a few hours those big white fluffy clouds usually start to show up.  By mid-day, it can often look really stormy and sometimes it's darn scary!  Since we are a prime location for thunderstorms and lighting, eventually it just comes to be expected.

So, I take my dogs out to try and get photographs with something other than a white overcast (boring) sky.  Don't get me wrong, a white overcast sky is great - but not if you want to include it in the photograph.  My next thought was to try and capture one of those beautiful sunsets following the afternoon storm - but I only have a week to accomplish these photographs for the blog entry, and well - it's white overcast skies or pouring rain thus far.

After much thought, I decided that the magic of On1 software and Photoshop will have to help this week.  Since the lighting is not sunny, I decided to take a dramatic storm sky and put it in place of my beautiful white overcast sky.  Here's the final photograph of Abby sitting on the boat ramp dock.

Well, yet another thunderstorm struck when I had hopes of having a sunset!  So, instead of taking more photographs I created another one with Abby.  This one is a black and white with thunderstorm clouds behind her.

Then I started thinking, how far could I carry this out?  Could I put a fantasy into her sky? I know this must be how Abby envisions the birds....

For more sky photographs head over to visit Rochelle with Dark Sapphire Pet Photography. Nelson, New Zealand and then head around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session, send an email to Linda at [email protected] or give us a call at 813-610-2671 in the Tampa Bay area (Florida).





I love how you matched the dramatic sky in the first image with the base image! Im pretty sure your last image is exactly how Sapphire views anything that moves! :-)
The first image is my favorite and the last one made me laugh out loud! Storm clouds really do make Abby stand out. The use of a dock was my plan for this week as well until the weather kicked in. :)
Florida native right here, so I know exactly the type of skies you're talking about! I absolutely love that intense dark and stormy sky you captured in your first image!
Lisa Browning(non-registered)
Wow, those are some dramatic skies! Definitely not what comes to mind for sunny Florida! :)
We had a storm on Wednesday so those clouds look very familiar! Great work!
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