Getting good images of my pet

When I am out and about, there are a number of tings I hear continuously – one is ‘my dog will never sit still’, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago – and another is how do you get good images of pets with a dark coat and dark eyes. The problem most people face is that when they take a photo of their pet the eyes can get lost because they are similar in colour to the pets coat. This can happen with pets that have brown coast and brown eyes, or black coats with dark brown eyes and often the images may have been taken inside or in deep shade where there is not much light. t can also sometimes happen when the eyes are set back or their is a bit of hair over the eyes that may put them in some shade.

The easiest way to find your pets eyes is to get a ‘catch-light’ in their eyes, this just means a bit of light reflection that gives their eyes a bit of sparkle and makes them stand out. You can do this indoors with a flash, but the problem is that sometimes you cannot control your flash and you end up with ‘demon’ eyes, where they look like a lion being photographed at night with eyes peering out from the grass lands. The image to the right is taken in the studio with flash heads that are adjustable and set up with light boxes. An on camera flash will not allow the same type of adjustment.

The best way is to take your pet outside or close to a window that has plenty of light, have them facing the light and look at their eyes, and see if they have a bit of light there? If you do this outside, try to do it on a overcast day, as this will allow you to get a more even shot without harsh shadows. If it is a sunny day, try to find some nice light shade.

Many cameras have an automatic setting and this is great for everyday general photographing, however if you are trying to photograph things that are at the extreme end of colour such as something very light or something very dark, it may find it hard to give you a good image, the camera is not as good as your eyes as picking up little details. You can try using your cameras manual setting such as full manual, where you can adjust the shutter speed and aperture or use either aperture or shutter speed priority settings. These setting will allow you to dictate how light or dark you want your image, and the great thing about digital is that you can take a couple of shots to see if it is right and than make adjustments if it isn’t. Most cameras should also let you adjust your ISO, this is a term from film days that related to the speed of your film. A higher ISO, like 800, will give you more light in darker conditions and a smaller ISO of 100, less light. You need to remember that the higher your ISO the more ‘noise’ you will get in your images. Noise is like grain in film, and will be most noticeable if you plan to make enlargements of your images.

I have gotten a bit technical here and given a quick course on your digital camera. If you really want great images, it does pay to get to know your camera and how to make adjustments – in the end you will find you can get some beautiful shots of your dark fur-friend.

 

Featured Pet

December Featured Pet – Abbey

When I put the word out for our December Featured Pet, I asked people to send a Christmas themed image. I thought there would only be dogs in cute little outfits, but Abbey came along wrapped up in tinsel.

Abbey is a 4-year-old cream and white Birman, who is sweet as pie. Abbey is gentle, calm and very affectionate and loves nothing more than curling up on the end of her Mum’s bed or rolling around in the sun.

Her other favourite past time is to hang out with her sister Roxie and to just be with whichever human is the closest.

As Mum Gerogia puts it “My family couldn’t ask for a better cat. I am so lucky to Abbey as a pet”.

I’m sure Abbey feels the same way about her humans.

November Featured Pet – Ruby

Ruby has many superpowers, like giving the best cuddles in the world, sitting on the back of the couch like a cat and the ability to run up a slide and then sliding back down. Being a superdog means that she is determined too and loves to do as she pleases.

Mum Natalie first met Ruby when she was only two weeks old at the Breeders. Natalie knew that she wanted a female Curly Coat Retriever and Ruby snuggled into her chest and made loads of cute noises. Ruby sealed the deal by peeing on Natalie – a sign is a sign and you can’t ignore that.

Ruby’s favourite thing to do is run, it could be running to explore something, running at the beach or at the off lead park or just running around the house with an empty bottle or her fav toy Duckie. The only one area that superdog Ruby has yet to perfect is getting the cats to love her, no doubt this will come with time.

Her best superpower is the love she gives Mum: “I can get lost for ages just being with her and forget about all the craziness in this world”

September Featured Pet – Maggie & Chloe

Maggie and Chloe have a wonderful life. They have a human Mum and Dad that adore them and a human sister to spoil and care for them.

Maggie chose her family by bounding up to Dad with a huge smile on her face that he could not resist, she has since grown to be a loving member of the family and self-described protector, ensuring everyone is safe, even from the dog groomer. As a Border Collie she loves to play and run with a ball (even though she is 12 and now has a arthritis) and of course herding is a big part of a Border Collie’s life, so there were many days of herding the family cat Snowball around the backyard. At night Maggie settles down beside Angela’s bed, to again play the protector.

Chloe on the other hand was the last puppy left in her litter and so Angela and her dad could not possibly leave without her, even though Mum had said ‘Don’t bring home any more animals’. Luckily when hey walked through the front door Chloe used all her charm and Mum fell in love straight away.  Chloe is a little more timid than her fur-sibling; she’s scared of umbrellas, brushes and anything that makes a noise. She also seems to have an issue with the bees and even though she has been stung a couple of times, she just can’t resist sticking her nose in again and again. While Maggie settles down to protect the family, Chloe, the princess, will go into her Mum and Dad’s room, where she has her own basket of toys to play with and must have the TV tuned to one of her two fav shows – Will & Grace or Escape to the Country.

The one thing Maggie and Chloe both share is a love of family. About Maggie, Angela says “I love the fact of how strong Maggie is, she is a fighter. She will always be my best friend.” And of Chloe “I am so glad to have her in my life, she always cheers my up when I am down and always makes me laugh with her princess ways.”

 

Consider Your Dog Is A Dropped Cause? Test These Tips To Get A Well-Mannered Pet!

Ensuring that your dog is properly educated is probably the finest investments you can create. It will pay off in time to come, as is available a dog that knows his or her put in place your family along with adores it. The German Shepherd Training Tips in the following paragraphs delivers comprehension of the significance of developing a well-trained dog.

If you pour too much info along with education into your dog, it’ll be disadvantageous. Young dogs have got brief interest ranges and so they can’t focus too much, and so do shorter periods and attempt to stay positive in the course of them each time. If you press too much, a puppy will keep in mind becoming an adverse expertise, and the next moment you choose to work to practice your ex, it will be a lot more hard.

Education can help ease the particular aches and pains regarding separation anxiety. Signs consist of continuous woofing and even dangerous behavior. Using training, you can promote your dog toward performing much more good, wholesome pursuits when he’s alone. Be sure to put your canine’s anxiety confident by exhibiting great quantities of concern and really like.

Opt for a certain order key phrase to your dog in the course of house training. Whenever you adopt him outside, tell him “go potty,” (use whatever expression you’ve chosen) as well as help him learn to target don’t forget precisely what she has eliminated outdoors to complete.

The dog clicker is a superb approach to bolster behaviours. The goal is to create a positive link between the sound of your dog clicker training as well as a optimistic final result or perhaps reward. Try and click on and also deal with quickly and try this more than once during their visit. Soon, your canine can relate the press noises with a deal with, which can help to bolster appealing behaviours.

Learn about additional types of optimistic strengthening, rather than just providing doggie snacks. Goodies are certainly one the top solutions to educate a puppy and so they are very effective. Nevertheless, it is likely you do not have snacks wherever you go whenever you are certainly not “officially” dog training. To solve this issue, integrate focus as patting or perhaps cuddling to your education routine. This may replace snacks in some instances.

Make use of the puppie’s identify as much as possible to make sure that its smart interest. At the outset of your canine possession, you should utilize your dog’s name more than once a day, consequently they starts to recognize that you desire his / her consideration. The best dog titles are ones that are short and therefore are not the same as various other commands.

As previously mentioned, teaching your dog will probably pay fiscal rewards. A good inexperienced, acting up puppy could gnaw your current furniture, frighten the particular others who live nearby as well as strain your loved ones. Make use of the info below. Choose to teach your puppy and your dog will be a enjoyment for all.

 

Begin Using These Tips To Help Your Puppy

When folks first bring residence their new puppy, they generally do not realize the value of crate training. Should you fully grasp the best way to kennel train your puppy, you will certainly be be capable of avert problem actions in the future. This article consists of numerous useful tips on kennel coaching your puppy that will keep both you and your family pet pleased for many years into the future.

Only focus on a single order at any given time. Focusing on one particular control will allow your puppy to truly hone that skill and have it appropriate. By trying to learn too much at the same time, you threat perplexing your pet dog, plus they could have more problems recalling which habits goes with which control.

If you’re tired with your pet yanking about the leash whilst jogging with you, here’s a simple training strategy. Acquire your leashed puppy to a outdoors location that may be familiarized to the both of you – like the backyard – then start to walk. When your pet continues to be beside you, right on your thigh, reward it using a treat. When the pet rushes ahead, end walking. If it wanders off for reasons unknown, say “let’s go” in a upbeat way and change and stroll one other way.

In the event it grabs-with you, provide a reward, and if it doesn’t catch-up, move delicately in the leash right up until it will get the stage. In this way, you reward very good habits and don’t have to be unduly harsh for bad behavior.

As was stated initially of the write-up, most people do not realize it is essential to kennel teach your puppy. If you know the best way to kennel coach your pup, then it can certainly make it less difficult for your personal new canine to comprehend the guidelines of the house. Apply the recommendation from this write-up and you’ll be on the right path to getting a properly educated dog

 

Bluebirds And Starlings Don’t Mix


Eastern Bluebird


Range of Eastern Bluebird


European Starling


Range of Eurpean Starling in North America

You return from vacation to find a stranger living in your home, a stranger who refuses to leave.

You go to a neighbor’s house for help, and strangers are living there, too.

Sound like a scene from the Twilight Zone?

Well, it’s what happens sometimes to native animals when new species arrive from elsewhere. Consider the trials faced by the Eastern Bluebird.

A Starling Invasion
Back in 1890 a few well-intentioned bird-lovers decided to release a hundred European Starlings in New York’s Central Park. The birds adapted easily to their surroundings and soon spread to cities across the Northeast. As a consequence, though, many native Eastern Bluebirds lost their homes.

Why Starlings Threaten Bluebirds
Both species nest in holes—tree cavities and the like—but only bluebirds migrate for the winter. So while the bluebirds were sunning themselves down south, the recently arrived starlings moved into the vacated homes.

And since bluebirds are gentle and nonconfrontational by nature, they had no choice when they returned north but to look for new holes in which to build their nests. But even when they did find suitable replacements, chances were good that the thuggish starlings would soon evict them from these, too.

Over time bluebird numbers dropped to the point where conservationists feared the birds would disappear completely. Realizing this, the same creatures responsible for the mess—humans, that is—decided to find a solution. It’s simple but effective: nest boxes with holes perfect for bluebirds but too small for starlings. And with tens of thousands of these boxes now gracing backyards in America and Canada, the Eastern Bluebird appears to be on the rebound.

We love our Bluebirds and are expecting them to arrive here very shortly.  Are you seeing any yet?

 

A Little Water Can Make Your Yard Irresistible To Birds

Because many birds do not eat seeds, suet or sugar water, there is another way to draw them in from the natural cover for close-up viewing.

Water.

In various forms, water will attract the insect- and worm-eating birds that would not otherwise be drawn to your yard.

You Can Keep It Simple…
The simplest and least expensive way to provide water for birds is in a ceramic or metal birdbath mounted on a pedestal.

As long as the water is clean, and changed frequently, birds will respond. The presence of water, the third essential to bird life in a backyard habit, will attract birds that would not otherwise be seen. In spring and summer, when the neotropical species are in the North, birds such as flycatchers, wrens, robins, vireos, thrushes and even owls will readily come to water, but not to feeders.

Or Get A Little Fancy…
A better solution may be to set up a birdbath with moving water that is pumped from one level to another. The sound and motion of water is a great attractant for birds and will draw them in from some distance to drink and bathe.

The ideal water area for birds is a recirculating, multi-tiered pool in which an electric pump moves the water to the uppermost level, which allows it to flow back to the lowest level, and then back again to the top. As long as there are many shallow areas, no more than a couple of inches deep, the birds will use all the levels of water as it flows from one to another. There have been times when as many as 13 American robins or 10 cedar waxwings have used such a bird bath at one time.

Water is not only essential to the survival of birds, but its presence in a backyard habitat will guarantee the attractions of a whole different spectrum of bird species.

Have you had success attracting birds with a bird bath or other water feature in your yard?  We always enjoy hearing your stories.

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