Beginner Photography: Street Pets

Ok, so this one is a cheat. I didn’t go out shooting this week, we don’t have a live show and I couldn’t come up with a subject. So I decided to go through old shots and edit some, and turned up a bunch of street photos of dogs that I never had any use for. 

I was shooting street photography in San Francisco at the time, so I had my Olympus E-M10 with me, using live view on the flip-out back screen to conspicuously take shots. But you don’t really have to be conspicuous with dogs, because they have no shame. So when possible, I got down at their eye level to shoot them. Like standard street photography, I tried to get some context to their surroundings and often went black and white to eliminate distractions. 

Here’s a great video from T&C on shooting street photography:

I realized editing these shots how far I’ve come over the past few months. I had NO idea what I was doing when I shot these. My settings are insane and the shots came out noisy even though I was out in natural light. My f/stop and ISO could have been much lower.

And here are some pups:

Sadly, I cut off his front feet which is a no-no, but look at that face! 

f/5.6, 1/80th, ISO 800


I love their bodies pointing different directions but looking the same way, and the cool owner leaning against his car.

f/6.5, 1/250th, ISO 200


It is hard to expose for a white ball of fluff, and to focus on it’s eyes.

f/4, 1/50th, ISO 200


So there’s some dogs! Do they make up for me not shooting this week? Maybe. 

Next week’s topic is “lines” which I’m excited for. I love abstract topics and I look forward to seeing how everyone interprets it, myself included. 

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3 Responses to Beginner Photography: Street Pets

  1. Roderick March 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    You’ve just created a new genre !
    How do you make a Volvo look cool? That bloke in the tee shirt found a way 😉
    His two dogs are super – great catch.
    But the winner for me is the white ball of fluff; he’s a star!
    I wonder if a slight crop (like a hamburger, of course), on the first photo might work? Say about half way between his wrists and his shoulder joint ?

    I’ve been scouting out shots for the “Lines” show. I got chased off the railway tracks. As Arnie was want to say, ” I shall return at a later date…”

  2. karen March 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    In that first picture I gotta say he is rockin those gams in his his doggy speedo. The ladies be wantin some of DAT

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