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All Things Great and Small

… with a nod to James Herriot’s book of a similar title. This weekend we spent a great deal of time outdoors, cutting down perennials, walking the dogs, and a few photo lessons for my husband. He’s heading out in a couple weeks for his vacation and wanted me to teach him how to use our old digital camera. The old one is the one we use for ‘knocking around’ and it’s the one that gets carried around in the car all the time. Besides it’s a LOT lighter than my regular camera. Anyway, I got off track. I took a few photos this weekend, just for the fun of it (are you noticing a trend lately?). There is no better light than at this time of year. THE . BEST . LIGHT.

The reason for the title is because when I was picking 3 photos to post for the end-of-the-weekend, besides the light, the other connection is that the subjects are all small, I’m down low, and yet the subjects are really quite great, are they not? ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, so maybe I’m stretching connections, but here they are anyway. Enjoy.

When I downloaded the last photo below, the first thing it reminded me of was Velvia film. Do you remember that old Velvia film? It always resulted in real strong vivid colours, especially the yellows and blues. And, if I’m remembering correctly, the reds were pretty saturated with Velvia film too. One thing I did to this image, as you can see, is add some vignetting. There was some natural vignetting already but I specifically emphasized it a bit because it really added to that old Velvia look.

Some of you may recognize the gal in this next photo. She’s our 11 1/2 year old English Springer Spaniel, Maggie. I love when one or both of her floppy ears is flipped back like this one. ย You’ll likely also notice her right eye — to your left — looks a bit off or different from her normal eye — the one on your right. She has a small tumour that is causing her eye to be infected and she’ll soon have to have surgery for the tumour to be removed. We’ve been holding off having it done for a number of reasons. She has a non-malignant form of cancer but she’s been having some sporadic health issues that cause her to become very ill for a day or two at a time and then she gets completely well again. We were so afraid of her having surgery in case it causes everything to become worse, but that eye is really getting worse. So this weekend we both made the decision our old gal is going to get the surgery.

I bet she can outrun and out-hunt any of your dogs ๐Ÿ™‚ The vet is always amazed at what fantastic condition Maggie is in. The one vet said she has never seen a Springer Spaniel that isn’t obese, except my dog.

Oh and I nearly forgot, we also had our Thanksgiving dinner today, a week early. Since I will be in Edmonton next weekend for Thanksgiving, I decided to do turkey and all the trimmings — including pumpkin pie — today. I really don’t know any good reason why most of us only cook turkey on holidays. I’m going to try and ‘fix’ that and make it more often.

I haven’t forgotten — because I got way behind this summer with posting previews from some of my photo shoots, I am definitely going to post a few photos from that last wedding. I’ll try and get a few up later this week. I hope you are getting out and photographing your family in this amazing autumn light — and don’t forget to get them printed!

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Photographs Never Forget!

Don’t forget my upcoming workshop in Grande Prairie, “How to Take Better Photos of Your Children.”

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Marcie - October 4, 2010 - 6:42 am

I have a special fondness for the light that happens when you get down low. Your images – have captured that beautifully. And – love the portrait of your old girl. She sits so happy and proud!

don - October 4, 2010 - 10:02 am

I like the low close in approach on the first two shots. The rich color is very appealing in shots of leaves. Interesting about Maggie’s condition and upcoming surgery. I hope it all goes well.

Victoria Bennett Beyer - October 4, 2010 - 11:24 am

I agree, the sum of all the small things in life is really quite great ๐Ÿ™‚ You have done a great job in capturing them and reminding us of that.

What a beauty of a dog. I hope that surgery goes well and that she stays happy and healthy.

Steve - October 4, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Splendid fall colors, Diane. I need to get out and find some.

sherri - October 5, 2010 - 10:25 pm

I noticed Maggie’s eye right away. Hope all goes well with her surgery. The leaves in colder climates are so beautiful. It’s one thing I miss.

DesignTies - October 13, 2010 - 11:39 am

Sending lots of good wishes Maggie’s way that her surgery goes well and her eye is A-OK ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you had a great T’Giving weekend in Edmonton ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelly