This month on the Pet Parade we have a pet close-up challenge for readers and bloggers. The blog’s photography posts are growing in popularity and I want to start involving readers in the fun and excitement.
As well as a ‘cat close-up’ challenge because we love cats here. This is a Pet Parade so dogs and birds and reptiles as well as bunnies are all welcome to strut their stuff in the close-up spotlight too. So. I have a question for you.
Do you think you can you take a good close-up of your pet?
Why a Close-Up Photograph Challenge?
Pet lovers often take pictures to share with friends and on social media. These photographs are mostly of the whole pet or a lot of pet at least. This means paws and whiskers, tails and ears so friends know what our cat looks like.
Here’s an example. This picture of our neighbour cat Angus is a good ‘this is my cat’ picture. It shows general coat markings and fur colour as well as body build and approximate size.
If you look at the photograph you realise that in a full body photograph the whole animal is captured, but it’s hard to get an idea of any clear details.
#MarkingsMonday and Finding Missing Pets
Close-up pictures can also be of critical importance when trying to track or trace a missing pet. Don’t believe it? Check my post on how facial recognition and markings are helping locate New Zealand’s missing pets.
There is a weekly hashtag on Twitter and Instagram called #markingsmonday. It is popular for a reason. Markings are distinctive and unique. For a worried pet parent lookng for a lost fur family member, clear markings can aid identification.
“My Smartphone Won’t Take Close-Ups”
If you don’t think your smarthone is up to the job, check out my image from an earlier post. This close-up of a bee was taken with an iPhone 6S. I am still amazed and inspired that my smartphone did this.
If mine can, maybe your ‘phone can too – check the manual for how ‘Settings’ and any adjustments you can make.
Close-up Cats Look Different
Check this cool collage of Beth who is a new arrival at our local cat cafe. It is a three layered shot.
What did I do to the photograph?
- I made a duplicate of the original picture of Beth which was taken with my DSLR.
- On the duplicate image I cut out the right eye area of the image and enlarged it to focus on the amazing colours and fur texture.
- I added a layer and shaded it grey so the close-up of the cat eye with a narrow white outline would stand out.
- Then I added our watermark.
If you look carefully at the eye, you can see me. I am the small red smudge in the highlight as I was wearing a bright red cardigan. Wouldn’t you love a macro lens for super close-ups?
Next week features our big ‘Hints and Tips’ post for taking pet close-ups so skills can be polished and whiskers brought into focus, and I would love to see you all inspired to submit pictures to put in the spotlight.
Close-up pictures will be showcased here at Dash Kitten throughout April and to start the treat ball rolling I am including two terrific portraits from fellow bloggers. Camera details are given where the photographer has shared them.
The first image shows how inspiring a Point and Shoot Camera can be at taking pictures this close. Check out at that intense look from Cathy Keisha the ghetto kitty in NYC, admire the defined eyebrows.
- Learn about your point and shoot. Be inspired by pictures like this.
I love this picture of Milo from Spoiled Hounds. It’s as close as it can be and captures his most important feature, those beautiful eyes. There is no fussy background, it’s all about Milo.
Close-Up Pet Pictures – An Invitation
If you already have a fantastic close and want to submit it for our pet lover’s spotlight get busy and send us your masterwork.EMAIL US AT THIS LINK
If the link will not work try thecrew @ dash kitten DOT com
What Dash Kitten would love to see from you:
- Your picture (you should own the copyright)
- The camera or smartphone you used.
- Your blog or site for Dash Kitten to link to.
- A brief story to share (not vital).
If you are waiting for next week’s ‘how to do close-ups’ post don’t worry you have the whole month of April and, if we gets lots of close-ups, we will host an epic slideshow to showcase your fabulous pictures..