In previous posts I have written about taking images of your pets at home, at the beach and particularly dealing with difficult lighting conditions. It does not get more difficult than photographing in the snow on a nice and sunny day.
Last week I was challenged in these conditions at Callaghan Valley Provincial Park, where I went to photograph Fudge, a 9-month old creme coloured Labadoodle, full of energy and crazy ideas. We snowshoed through the woods, where the light was changing from dark to bright and out into the river valley below the Alexander Falls, where we were in bright sunlight, reflecting of the snow.
Here are a few of my recommendations:
For images in the woods, try and avoid the pretty looking but difficult speckled light where the sun shines through the trees. If necessary, take a smaller angle for your images. Take some close up portraits and be attentive to what's behind the dog and how the dog's colour separates it from the background.
For images in the open, be careful with your exposure. The glare may also reflect through your lens so check the back of your camera.
If your camera has the ability to shoot in RAW, definitely do so as you can fix more of the lighting issues in the software if you have too. And shoot lots!!! Bytes are cheap!
Try and get some action shots too, throw a snowball and see what happens. For us, Fudge detected a love for sliding down a hill of snow and we repeated this exercise multiple times to get nice images.
I found that it was particularly nice to get a selection of images that show Fudge in the wonderful scenery, Fudge in action and a pretty portrait.
So get out there before the snow melts and enjoy taking pictures. I can only recommend a trip to the Callaghan Valley. Look out, I might even be there myself!
If you would like to have photos taken of your dog on a fun snowshoe outing, contact me and we arrange something before the spring.