Pet Photography - Reflections

September 25, 2020  •  3 Comments

This week's pet photography blog theme is 'reflections'.  As I thought about this over the course of the last several weeks - my initial thought since we had been having rain every day, which meant we had puddles everywhere that I would try to do a photo where the reflection of one of our dogs is in the water puddle.  Well, it hasn't rained in so many days now that I need to water everything - go figure.  My next thought was perhaps a mirror, glass or some other way to create a reflection - but none of those have happened this week as I've been busy with other projects.  So - what about what a dog sees? Have you ever thought about what the dog is seeing when you are photographing them?

Here's a look into the eye of Rue while she watches me take a photograph of her.  My initial thought is, no wonder dogs can sometimes be scared of the camera - they see a big black blob in front of your eyes.

I will say, that by far my favorite 'eye reflection' photograph is not of me aiming a camera into the eyes of a dog (mine or anyone else's).  It's several years ago when I had my 70-200 mm lens camera, Jimbo on a 6 foot leash and he decided it was time to take a break while sitting in the parking lot at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN which wasn't open this early.  As I am sitting there wondering how long this break might be, I decided that with Jimbo being so close I should try looking into his eyes - what did he see?

Well, I can see me sitting in front of him, but the more dominant part of the reflection is the sky and trees.

If you'd like to capture a photograph similar to this, you'll need to have the dog outside somewhere that creates a reflection.  No artificial light, just natural sunlight works great and allows for seeing the reflection.

That's it for this week's pet photography blog.  For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Pet Love Photography, photographing Cincinnati pets for "Tails of Cincinnati", a coffee table book project for charity.

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Tracy Allard(non-registered)
What a gorgeous image of Jimbo's eye - it's perfect!
Angela Schneider(non-registered)
How have I never thought to do this with Bella? I've even delivered images like this for clients with them behind me and reflected in their dog's eyes. Dang it. I have to change that!
I agree. That second reflection is lovely. And you are right about the black blob of a camera.
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