A Day for the Animals

We spent time at the Lowery Park Zoo yesterday.  The challenge was shooting in the bright direct sunlight and minimizing those hard contrasts; but the challenge was fun and a few of the pictures turned out fine.  Later friends' dogs provided a bit of practice in shooting pets.  I am always reminded of the phrase "herding cats" when ever I think of pet photography and these proved no different.   Although there were no formal strategies utilized (such as treats: I know these dogs are quite obedient with treats!), it was fun capturing them.  Later, after looking at all of the photographs, I was reminded at how difficult it is to focus on a moving object, one that does not follow your verbal commands (such as "can you tilt your chin up a bit, please") and being cognizant of composition and background.  You can check out a few more of yesterday's photographs here