Photos of the week: 3/29/2018:  Photos of our favorite pets and animals:


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Respect in line..



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They move so little that algae grows on them! What’s even cooler though is that the specific species of algae can only be found on sloths!! It’s a symbiotic relationship too, because the algae camouflages them. 


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Love the colors on this Golden Sebright chick. This and the Golden Laced Wyandotte hens are just so pretty!


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Wonderfully colorful photo of a rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) found in Australia.


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OK, we couldn’t help ourselves. This dog is definitely a “chick magnet


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Beautiful male Impala photo. Such amazing lighting! 
Credit: Moe Murad


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Check out the amazingly long tongue on this Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted variant) that is used to root out insects from cracks and crevices. Nature is just amazing, isn’t she? 
Photo: Ralph J Kiertianis


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What a cute bunch of Rottweiler Puppies! Would love to take them all home if I could!


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Wonderful Leopard Appaloosas!


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Family walk time!


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Hedgehog babies! 🙂 Did you know that the babies are born with the quills beneath the skin so they can travel safely through the birth canal?


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Hey… mind sharing?


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Wonderful photo!


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Curious Burrowing Owlet! Credit: Hisham Atallah


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What a cutie!


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Just precious!


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Proud Mom!


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Come along now..


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Green vine snake poisonous?
The green vine snake is diurnal and mildly venomous. The reptile normally feeds on frogs and lizards using its binocular vision to hunt. They are slow moving, relying on camouflaging as a vine in foliage.


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Beautiful Gypsy Vanner Horses!


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I’d love to know what each of them is thinking!


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Incredible photo of Siamese fighting fish. Beautiful composition! Photo: Visarute Angkatavanich


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Amazing photo of black bear and her cubs. Hope the photographer was a good distance away!


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Adorable Pomeranian Husky Mix!


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Adorable baby donkey!


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Love this photo!


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This beautiful photo ranks up there as one of our favorites!



There are so many more of these kind of great photos to look at.  I was amazed at the great photos of pets, and wonderful animal photos on this website.  I would like you to go to this website and see more for yourself.  Go to:  THE JOY OF ANIMALS







Learn ways to develop your own uniqueness in photography:


Portrait of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2006
Photo by Ansel Adams

One of the most famous photographers of all times is Ansel Adams.  If you ever go into the history of photography, and learn about the most famous of photographers, his name will always come up.  He developed something called the “Zone System” in photographic shooting.  I am not here to explain that.  I am only here to mention that he developed his own style of shooting.  Many who have taken his class may have learned that style well themselves, but, as I look back at that, I have never seen anyone create, or take any photos like he did.   He definitely had his own style.  No matter how many people tried to copy his “zone system”, they could never copy his style of photography.

So, how do you create your own STYLE in photography?  You get to the point where you have 3 camera bodies, 10 lenses, an array of lighting equipment, and you have read the manual a dozen times, taken classes from all the professionals, and even tried to copy what they have done.  And then you get your photos back, and you think, they look just like everybody else’s photos.   They just don’t stand out, no one would recognize them from anyone else’s photos.  How do you make your photos, YOUR PHOTOS?  There are photographers out there who have developed a style all their own.  Every time I see a photo on Facebook, or Instagram, I can tell who shot their photo.  There is just something unique about their photos.  I am going to give you some examples, of certain photographers, and then I am going to explain how you can have a style of your own.


Photographer Adriano Lompi ( Italy)


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Photo by Adriano Lompi.  Photo is copyrighted.  

Adriano Lompi is from Italy.  He takes almost all his photos of flowers.  I can see his photos of flowers and they are so sharp, so perfect, the depth of field is perfect, you can see the texture in the petals, there is just something about the way he takes them that is just mesmerizing.  So beautiful.  I just stand amazed.  I take photos of flowers too, but, his photos are just way beyond anyone else’s flowers.

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Photo by Adriano Lompi  Photo is copyrighted.

Once again, this flower is amazing, as described above.  The depth of field:  Perfect.  The color is Perfect.  The texture and the flower is taken at the perfect time.

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Photo by Adriano Lompi

Once again, a style of his own.  I can tell when I see his flower photos, that these are his photos.  No one takes flower photos as well as Adriano Lompi.

Photographic style is not a destination, it’s the journey itself. You don’t suddenly develop style. It’s the result of your experiences, an extension of who you are and how you see the world. It’s what you evoke in people viewing your work that makes you unique. Photographic style is not copying someone else’s style, but it’s about making your photography an extension of yourself. In other words, don’t just copy the masters, try to be one!

Another photographer, and his style:  Duarte Sol (Portugal)


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Photo by Duarte Sol   .  copyright Duarte Sol Photography

Duarte Sol just happens to live on a coastal island of Portugal.  Some people are blessed to live on a beautiful place.  But, the fact that he lives in a beautiful place, he has learned photography enough to make it even more beautiful.  The long exposures he uses on the shorelines of his photos makes his photos stand out.  The skies, the waves in the sea, the streams caused by water going back into the seas, are all just a dreamy, lovely, beautiful watery heaven.  He has mastered the use of Neutral density filters and has become one Portugal’s most famous photographers.

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Photo by Duarte Sol, and is copyrighted

If you were to look in one of Portugal’s travel brochure’s you would probably see some photos taken by Duarte.  He has become well known to show off the beauty of that country.  He has a unique style, knows when to take a picture of the scenery to get the best results, and has definitely got his own style.

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Another great photo by Duarte Sol.  All rights reserved.




  • Discover what you’re passionate about. It’s easy to see which photographers are passionate about their work because it shows in many images they capture.
  • Enjoy your photography for the same reason. It will shine through.
  • Try new and different things to photograph subjects that challenge you. Every new challenge adds more skills and more experiences.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail by taking bad photographs. Overcoming failures by taking better photographs only makes you a better photographer.
  • Assign yourself projects that you have not attempted before, especially those assignments that you’ve never seen done by others before.
  • Be free to express yourself. Ignore the set rules. (Set by whom?)
  • Be inspired. Attend workshops and seminars. Look at photography blogs, magazines and books.
  • Act as your own critic. Look at your own collection of shots and ask yourself how they could be improved. Is your work exciting to you or just another bird photo?
  • Share your work with your friends and family, or go one stage further and sign up with photo web forums. Attend local meet up groups. Treat all negative feedback as a means to learn. Treat positive feedback as being on the right track.
  • Take a camera wherever you go. That one perfect shot is waiting to be captured by you.
  • Specialize on particular genre of photography, but do it differently.
  • Decide on a medium. Do you want to photograph in black and white only? HDR images? Pick one and be consistent —and I mean 90 percent of the time. There’s nothing worse that browsing through someone’s portfolio to see color, black and white, and some HDR. It cries out that you haven’t developed a style yet.
  • Try to describe your style to others. Do you capture the moment, freeze action, tell a story or do you aspire to being a photo journalist? This will help to define your style by telling others.




Do those steps above.  It is not going to happen overnight.  But, just keep working at it.  It will come.  And eventually people will realize what your style is.  And you will be recognized for your own style.




Learn how to pose people in these simple illustrations:


Posing 101   Photo courtesy of Bing Photos

Posing people in photography is truly an art.  I want to bring up the basic techniques of posing people because even the everyday photographer, the everyday snapshot shooter can learn from this.  If you look at these posing techniques and apply them, imagine how much better your photos of people will be.

I spent some time in a portrait studio, and realized that there is so much to posing people, getting their hands just right, getting lighting just right, and it truly is an art in itself.  The one thing I found out is that sometimes you can truly be the best in your field of posing a person, but, you will always have the one person who says: “I don’t like them”.  You can feel devastated after you spent so much time creating these masterpieces, and then you find out, that they wanted and expected a $1000 dollar job for only $50.   So, it takes years of practice, and continual learning to get to the point of becoming a master portrait photographer.  I admire those who spend their photographic career doing portraits.  It is hard work, but so rewarding.  Almost everyone loves your work once you get it done right.  If they don’t like your work, sometimes I just think it’s because the model is just plain ugly and you can’t do miracles.



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Almost every photographer will take pictures of people who have a little extra weight around their waist.  And the best thing you can do to help them look like they don’t have so much “bulge” is “stop the squish” by having the model put their arm on their waist.  That seems to cover up the bulge a bit, plus, it tends to take your eyes away from the area of the bulge.

#2- Never have the person stand straight “head-on” to the camera:


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If you want to talk about a “static” pose, then have them stand with their feet together and look at the camera.  That is an awful way to have a person stand, if you must have them stand.  Always have them stand at a 45 degree angle to the camera, or have one foot standing in front of the other, as shown above.  It will give a more pleasant angle of the body as well.


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Courtesy bing photos

















#3 When close to the camera, have the front shoulder straight up, and the back shoulder back


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As illustrated, this gives a more graceful pose.  Notice the back hand is placed to help give a nice angle to all of the body as well.  This makes the portrait not so static.  Let’s look at an example of how this looks in real life:

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Even though the arm isn’t placed as the diagram shows, you can see how the front shoulder is much higher in elevation than the back one.  That makes the whole body in a nicer form.  Also, notice that she is in a proper 45 degrees to the camera (see #2).


#4 – Chin out


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The chin out theory is for a couple of reasons:  A- especially as people get older, they tend to get a bit of “double chins”, and the best way to get rid of this during portraits is to have them bring their chins out.  And B-  In a Close-up pose, and almost a 45 degree pose of the face, or 90 degree pose, you want to get a good sharp image between the face and the background.  And the best way is to have them looking off to the side as well.  Let’s look at some great examples of how nice this looks:


#5 – If legs are in the picture, make sure they are crossed.


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If you have your subject sitting in your portrait, make sure you have the subject cross their legs.  If you don’t the legs may look overweight, or just not “pretty”.  If you have a man in your portrait, have them cross their legs down by their ankles.

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Courtesy of Bing Photos


#6 – Dress in solid colors if you are the one having your portrait taken


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Keep in mind that the portrait, is a picture of the person, not the clothes.  Solid colors are the best thing you can wear in having your portrait taken.  I love the subtle colors, that are not bright and flashy, but rather subdued colors, that don’t detract from the actual portrait.  It doesn’t matter what color skin you have, keep the colors simple.


Other interesting ideas in posing people:


In going over these standard steps of posing people and finding examples of posing people, it is obvious that I have found other steps that I should mention in posing people.  Let me go over some other rules of posing that I discovered while putting this article together:


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In photographing a small group of people, if you can, put the faces in a triangle.  It makes it more attractive, looks like the family belongs, and actually loves each other, and makes a lasting portrait that will last a long time.  Isn’t this one charming?


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courtesy of Bing Photos

So many of the portraits today are using props or outdoor settings for the portraits.  This makes posing the subjects easier and makes the portrait even more outstanding.  Ask the subject where they would like to have their portrait taken, but, don’t forget the usual rules of photography.  Notice this subject, standing at a 45 degree angle, legs crossed, etc, has made this an ideal portrait.


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Courtesy of Bing Photos

When doing engagement photos or taking photos of “people in love”, it seems that they really want to show their intimacy.  So, it may be fine to break the rules a bit, to show their love, and maybe not show their faces completely.  The subjects really want to show the world how much they love each other.  Your photo of them in an intimate moment can go a long way.  You know which photo will hang on the wall?  It is this one.

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Courtesy of Bing Photos

If you want an award winning photo, ask a homeless person, or a very old person who has a lot of wrinkles or age showing, and see if you may take their photo just head on like this one.  There seems to be a market for portraits like these that show “life” in an aged person like this.  You may get some resistance, but, wow, you may have something with this type of portrait.


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Photo courtesy of Bing photos, and taken by

Male portraits today, just seem to be more the thought of showing how “macho” they are.  Get the full length of the man, showing them in their natural habitat.  If they seem to be the rough-and-tough type of guy, then get them outdoors and show them as they like to be.

If you have a man that seems more sophisticated, then you can have a lot of fun taking pictures of them in their office, or where they seem to spend a lot of their time:

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So, here are some other great ideas of poses that I like.  Look at these as great ideas to learn from.  And I hope you have learned a little bit of posing.


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Photo courtesy of Bing Photos


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Another great idea of how to pose a group.  Courtesy of Bing Photos.


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See how the faces are formed in a triangle.  Photo by Christie Mumm, and Courtesy of Bing Photos.


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Photo Courtesy of Bing Photos.  Photographer listed in PHoto.  Note:  That even though she is standing facing us, her legs are crossed.  A very nice portrait done finding ways to get the rules in.


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Portrait by Britt Lanicek Photography.  And courtesy of Bing Photos.  


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Courtesy of Bing Photos.  Another great wedding engagement photo taken in the autumn.


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Photo courtesy of Bing Photos.  A lot of subjects have a love for their pets.  And they will often request that their photo be taken with their favorite pets, no matter what kind of pet they have.  


There are many kinds of posing techniques now.  The guidelines presented today are the ones that I think should be followed mostly to get you the best results.  If you look at the selection of photos, say, in Bing Photos, you will see a lot of Photos that are not following any rules at all.  But, they are nice, and I looked at them as some that are not taken by photographers who really know what they are talking about or who have been schooled in posing techniques.  If you want to really become good at taking good people photos, try to follow the above techniques and you will be a lot happier with your photos, and so will your subjects.


Article written by Lanny Cottrell for 123Photogo