It’s rare that I have a moment where I am just sitting around doing nothing other than looking out the window and noticing that the light would be perfect to play around with using my wide angle lens. This is what happened on Monday and my faithful Remington (model extraordinaire) happily obliged when he saw me grab my camera and a bag of treats. It was around 7pm in the midwest and the sun was setting – I had been wondering if I could achieve a burst of light in the background like this first shot below and the lighting at sunset is just about the most perfect natural light you can get. I hardly ever use my 20mm 2.8 wide angle lens but after this quick session with Remington, I realized I need to use it more during client photo sessions. My favorite lens is the 50mm 1.8 which is pretty much glued to my camera body – but the wide angle lens can achieve fun results too – especially with pets.
As you can see, I am not only blessed with a wonderful dog, but he is such a perfectly willing model. He will always sit and stay when asked. (no matter how looooooong I play around with angles and make him wait for that rewarding treat) Hmmm nope, light isn’t right there – nope, not there either – hmmmm not quite what I am looking for…. and he stays perfectly still the entire time.
Now let’s go in the grass surrounded by these cool lines of light shining through the fence.
How about just sitting there so I can take a vertical shot…
What about the hammock that you reeeeeeeeally don’t like because it has holes and your feet feel funny and unstable. Yes you even humored me for this.
And then you might have actually started to like it a little…
And then you fell asleep. Well, even the best models get tired of the camera!