Monday, February 14, 2011

6/52 Bokeh Bea

February 12, 2011

After going through all the pictures I shot this week of Bea, I just couldn't decide which one to use for 52 Weeks.  I had so many cute ones....then I started playing with a few that I had accidentally overexposed the back ground.  By overlaying a bokeh texture here or there and stumbled onto this combination.  I liked how the background colors lit up her eyes and accented the brown around her eyes, which were perfectly in focus. For once, Bea does not look worried, just intense and waiting for the next new adventure.

Note: the little tuft of hair hanging from her lip - that is from hanging off of Bonnie's neck after she leaped out and jumped on her from behind a large rock. 

Aperture:  f2.0
Shutter/Exposure: 1/640
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 135
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 135mm f/2L

Below is another version of the same picture, just with a different bokeh texture overlay.  I liked this one too, but went with the first one because it seemed to have the added pop of the rich background color - this one seemed washed out to me.  What do you think?

Here are the other two I considered.  In this shot Bea is jumping through the river trying to keep up with Bonnie.  

Aperture: f5.6
Shutter/Exposure: 1/1000
ISO: 1600
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

This one melted my heart & I loved how it turned out, but she looks concerned - when in reality she was just testing her limits like any other teenager.   Bea wandered down the levee on the rocks, if she had slipped she would have landed on the sand below (not in the water) but I was not comfortable with her being so close to the swift moving water and had visions of swimming in the cold water to retrieve her.  When I called she looked at me and seriously considered ignoring me.  The little stinker did come eventually, when I pretended to leave her there. 

Aperture: f2.0
Shutter/Exposure: 1/2000
ISO: 250
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 135mm f/2L

5/52 Bea on the Couch

In the quest to obtain the dog family photo - I learned that Bea  has a firm understanding of the meaning of "stay".  While all the other dogs jumped off the couch, or were in other ways uncooperative...Bea stayed propped over the back of the couch.  The constant stream of cheese was helpful too, I am sure.

Aperture: f1.8
Shutter: 1/50
ISO: 1250
Focal Length: 50mm
Camera: Canon  EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 MkII

She has already learned how to pose for the camera.  Smart puppy!

I wish rest of the pack was this cooperative. 

4/52 Bea in the Sand

I had several pictures to choose from this week, but settled on this one. It captured her expression and personality perfectly. Her ears are still a bit wonky & adorable.

Bea takes a little rest on the river bank, surrounded by colorful river rocks. This was shot on the banks of the Carbon River, Orting, WA during Bea's first walk along the levee. Bea was fascinated with the water & all the new scents she found among the rocks. I caught her taking a little break from all the excitement.

Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/500
ISO: 1000
Focal Length: 400mm
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

Here are a few more shots from the week

Bea watching people walking along the levee above the riverbed.  

Climbing in the rocks

Watching me from afar, she always checks in.

Playing in the water the first time

Ohhh the smells!

Exploring her new world

Little Miss Floppy Ears