Readers Photo Challenge results: Pets

Pets can be our friends, companions, confidants or even family members. And as such we often take pictures of them as we would any friend or relative. The trick is to get a great photo of them rather than just a quick snapshot. That was the challenge of the pet assignment. 64 photos were sent in by 20 people. There were many great photos and it was difficult to chose the top ones. Here’s some of the best examples.


There’s a phrase that goes “it’s a dog’s life.” According to the Web site World Wide Words, it once meant that life is hard and unpleasant because in the 16th century when the idiom was first recorded, dogs were often working dogs kept as hunting dogs or watchdogs. They lived hard lives and died young. Today, most are kept as pets and have pretty easy lives. The meaning now is just the opposite than that of a few hundred years ago.

Laura Johnson of Valley Springs used her Canon EOS Rebei T2i DSLR to photograph her 13-year-old yellow Labrador Ione and captured her dog enjoying the latter meaning of the phrase “it’s a dog’s life.”


Darrin Denison of Stockton photographed his 1-year-old Egyptian Mau cat Daphne with his iPhone 4. He used some nice soft window light to illuminate his pet which brought out exquisite texture in her fur.


Richard Scott Thomas of Stockton combined the pet assignment with the reflections challenge of a few months ago for his picture of his pet SnowKitty. Using a Pentax K7 DSLR to photograph his 16-year-old cat with its image caught in the still water of a birdbath at his home in a moment of “reflection.”


Pets are a lot like children. Like little kids, don’t know that they’re cute, they just are. They don’t know that they’re doing cute things in cute places, they just do them.

Natalie Holcomb of Stockton used her iPhone4 to photographer her 8-year-old miniature poodle Sadie sticking her nose through a gape in the slats of a fence at Holcomb’s home. It doesn’t get much cuter than that.


Our pets can be active and lively animals especially dogs. Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton captured her 5-year-old vizsla Miley in a playful romp. Normally I’m not a big fan of crooked horizon lines particularly ones done in the extreme, but the considerable tilt in Spurgeon’s photo helps to accentuate her pet’s playful antics.


One reason that we like to take pictures of our pets is that they can be cute or funny. Teresa Mahnken Morada used a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera with a 18-55mm lens to photograph her 6-year-old yellow lab Sammy. Sammy’s pose on his back with kind of a goofy grin on his face makes this photo both cute and funny.


If your pet is camera shy one way to approach them for a picture is when they are sleeping. Margaret Long used a Samsung Galaxy 4 smartphone to photograph her cats Mickey and Minnie for a cute picture as the slept together at her home in Stockton.


There is a photo gallery of all the entries at Stay tuned for a new challenge assignment next week.

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