Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Finding Winter Fun

Winter has finally arrived in northeast Ohio. We've had snow and extreme cold that's made it hard to get in good walks the last few days. Our neighborhood gets very slippery because they don't plow the residential streets very well, so unless I'm feeling particularly brave, Barley and Rye get separate very short walks to stretch their legs. Rye's also been rebelling against her boots, so that's kept us home a few times so that I can make sure she doesn't stay out too long and hurt her paws.

Luckily, Rye loves to romp through the snow--even more than she likes to go for walks--so it's worked out well.



Barley's also been spending some time out in the yard.


But she's not loving these very cold days. She much prefers snowy days when it's in the high 20s or low 30s. She's not amused by the teens at all, especially with all of the wind we've had lately.


It doesn't take her long to start heading back to house and if I don't let her in, she'll sit and glare while Rye romps.


We've also been finding ways to amuse ourselves inside, too. A couple months ago, I finally broke down and bought a very basic DSLR camera. We haven't had too much time to play around with the camera yet, and it's been a long time since I took photography in college with my film camera, so I haven't gotten any great pictures yet, but we're having fun experimenting with the different settings. 

Rye and I have been taking pictures while she plays ball. 


I always love watching Rye move and capturing that movement is high on my list of photography goals. Staying indoors to take some of these photos is giving me a chance to refresh my memory on different settings while Rye's in a smaller area because she's fast and it's a lot harder to catch her in the yard! 



I've also got some work to do with getting timing down, too, but it's brought me a lot of laughs to see what's getting captured!


I wanted Barley to get in on the photography fun, too, and I've always been obsessed with the photos of dogs trying to catch treats. Poor Barley had some trouble with this. She's usually really good at catching treats, but I think the camera distracted her and she kept staring at me and the treats would just fall down in front of her or bounce off her nose.


Rye was also a bit of a distraction for Barley because any time treats are flying through the air, Rye wants to be there, too. Barley doesn't care about balls, so when Rye was playing with me, she was content to stay on the couch. Rye demanded some turns catching treats, too.


I did get some fun faces, but I think this is probably easiest to do with a tripod--it's not easy trying to throw a treat and hold a camera at the same time! We were also playing at night, so without any light coming in the windows, I had to use the flash and Barley's eyes get all creepy with the flash. 



Once she finally caught one, we called it quits, so we could end on a high note!


I'm looking forward to taking more of these pictures from different angles and when we don't need the flash. 

10 comments:

  1. Mom loves photography, but when it is just us three, it is hard sometimes. If we had an assistant once and a while things would be easier. Throwing and taking a photo will be a real challenge! Have fun.

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    1. Having an assistant would be very helpful! Or at least an extra set of arms!

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  2. I used to be so good at documenting things that we did, but I've really slacked off lately. I'm glad you have found a fun way to occupy yourselves with the cold weather. The bonus is, you will have something to look back at and remember the fun.

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    1. We've had to plan a lot of activities to try to survive the cold! This just gives us one more thing to work their brains a bit :)

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  3. Great job entertaining yourselves indoors. You got some fun shots! Indoor photography of pets is hard. I've been thinking lately too about getting the tripod out and trying it that way. I'd love to do some treat catching shots too, those can be so fun!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. I have a phone tripod, but I don't have one for this camera yet, which would definitely help, especially since I can use my phone as a remote for the camera and I could toss with my right hand and take the picture with my left, which I haven't mastered with an actual camera!

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  4. Getting some good off-camera lighting will help a lot with the photos! And you'll get better at tossing things while still working the camera- just practice tossing with your left hand. It should be fun working on learning the new camera.

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    1. Lighting is definitely the biggest problem in our house this time of year--most of the rooms in my house just have lamps and then trying to find a spot where there's not a lot of background stuff going so the treat shows up but there's still light is a challenge! The tossing hasn't been too hard except for making sure I don't get my hand in the shot!

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  5. I love the shadows of the dogs on the white wall! Very nice. I'm glad that you're finding ways to have fun even though it's icy and very cold outside! Both dogs look SO happy!

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    1. They are so happy! Any time Barley has treats thrown in her direction, she's thrilled! It was hard to find a spot where there was a blank wall so the treats would show up, so the shadows were a fun surprise!

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