Charles M. Shulz famously said, “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but in our house, happiness is a snow dog!
Towards the end of last week, as is typical Pittsburgh’s inconsistent winter weather, the region’s temperatures plummeted from the balmy mid-60°’s on Friday to a high of 18° in less than 12 hours. Several inches of wet, heavy snow blanketed our yard and topped the already-ice-covered roads. Travel was nearly impossible for much of Saturday.
When you have a snow-lovin’ dog, you know that days like these aren’t spent indoors. While I was content to go into full hibernation mode and curl up under my warmest blanket, Hunter reminded me that these are the days made for snow zoomies! Prepped in my many layers and with camera in-hand, I ventured (albeit reluctantly) outside as Hunter dove snout-first into about five inches of snow. His enthusiasm for the snow and cold is infectious, and I found myself forgetting all about frostbitten fingers and frozen feet as I snapped away, watching him zoom, leap, and bounce through the yard.
When we went inside to warm up and I began to cull my images from Hunter’s snow stint, it hit me that many of my shots would be perfect for week three’s theme of the Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project: fill the frame!
As Wayne Turner explains in his article, “Fill the Frame in Your Photography Composition,” this technique is perhaps the most effective way to add instant impact to an image. He elaborates that filling the frame accentuates details and emphasizes the emotion and mood of your subject. Notice in the image below how clearly you can see the glistening snow reflecting the bright afternoon sun as it flies off Hunter’s paws as well as the smiling, full throttle expression on his face, both enhancing this playful and happy moment.
And check out that snow nose! You can really make out the delicate flakes clinging to his whiskers and nose.
For many of us, happiness may actually be a warm puppy, but as Schulz intended when he penned that saying for his first book by the same name, happiness is simple. Happiness can be found wherever you choose to find it. So, what is your “warm puppy” this time of year? I’d love for you to share in the comments!
The Pet Photography Project 52 posts are part of a blog circle. To see what the next pawesome pet photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Fill The Frame,” visit Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.