Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals

Happy animals abound!

Welcome to Week 40 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Last week, everyone had a lot of fun playing with fire (in images, of course!), which made for a great array of magnificent posts.  Thanks to all who participated and the readers who enjoyed the posts!

Yes, this week is a radical departure from the past number of weeks; it’s time to look past cold and hot items to something that generates internal warmth: Animals!  My challenge to you is to show animals having fun doing what they love.  I’m sure that your creative energies will come up with some really interesting posts, and I’m definitely looking forward to them!

Here’s an example that shows our old man, Darwin, having a great time on the see-saw; he was only 9 years old in this photo and hasn’t been competing for several years (he still has fun, though!)…

Darwin Having Fun!

This shot was one from Darwin’s many agility competitions; he enjoyed his agility for many years!  As you can tell from the smile on his face, there was never any shortage of fun for this dog!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Looking forward to seeing the animals in your lives and what they do for their entertainment (and ours).  Be creative, have fun, and always be kind to animals!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens with a 1.4x EFII extender.  Exposure settings were at f/6.3 and 1/320 second with 640 ISO.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

72 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals”

  1. This one is going to be a major challenge for me. We have no animals. Very few of my friends have animals and I won’t be seeing any of those friends this week. It will be serendipitous if I encounter an animal before the next challenge.

    1. Serendipity might just provide a bird flying by! I have faith in your creative ability to encounter something of the animal variety. It doesn’t have to be a pet…it could simply be a cow ruminating in a field 🙂

      Best of luck!

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