A dog’s seeing eye dog

Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison, another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, inseparable.  Check out the full story and see more photographs over at twentytwowords.com

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ShutterSalt

I just discovered ShutterSalt, a cool photography website, well worth checking out.  Here’s a snip from their “about” section.

Think of ShutterSalt as the thing you add to your daily photography practice to kick up the intensity, to bring out the intricacies of your favorite styles and subjects.

Sprinkle liberally. 

A powerful photograph is one that goes beyond just documenting a thing or event — it helps define it, explain it, translate it. To create an impact, a photographer must go beyond just snapping the shutter, but push oneself to become a storyteller. That takes practice. And that’s where ShutterSalt comes in.

ShutterSalt is a place to encourage the playfulness, creativity, inspiration, and exploration that drives great photography. We provide the seeds of thought that will take you beyond just practicing the technical skills of working with your camera (though plenty of ideas will push you in this area too), and nudge you to expand psychological, social and cultural borders as well. Each of the “Steal This Idea” concepts is intended to spark ideas and careful thought about the potential of you and your camera, each photographer profile is meant to show you the potential of the craft, each blog entry adds to your arsenal of tips, tricks and leads for more ideas.

On top of offering lots of ideas through Steal This Idea and the clever projects and concepts we write about on the blog, from DIY lenses to street photography strategies to just plain old cool stuff other people are working on, we also profile top notch photographers and ask them about their own inspirations, techniques, gear, workflow, and other aspects of their craft that might help you in growing as a photographer.

Here, you will learn from others, and more importantly, to push yourself out of your comfort zone and expand your skills. You’ll find ideas that make you think of your camera not just as a tool to capture images but also as a tool to shape lives; and ideas that encourage you not just to experiment with your camera’s settings but also with your physical, mental and emotional settings. These are the skills that turn good images into great photography.

 

 

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One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.

Quote from Loren Eiseley

A shot from my Flickr photostream of Jasper the weimaraner fishing in the late evening sun. Taken with a Lensbaby Composer at F2 and converted to black and white.
One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.

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Shelter Animals Get Makeovers

Shelter Animals Get Makeovers

(ADOPT A PET) Do the sad eyes of a pound puppy tug at your heartstrings, or do the photos of abandoned shelter animals make you turn away? Professional photographers are trying to change that by shining a better light on animals in need of adoption.  Head over to Global Animal  to read what the photographers are doing to catch the eye of potential pet guardians.

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My latest on Flickr

A dog laying on a dock in the setting sun

A setting sun still whispers a promise for tomorrow

I am an active member of the Flickr community, a great place to share and learn.  For more of my work on Flickr you can visit my photostream.  Hope to see you there!

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Here we go!

I’m very excited about the imminent launch of Mark Muschett Pet Photography

While the site is new, my love of photography, and my extensive experience capturing dogs in their natural environment is not.     I’m looking forward to highlighting new photo shoots in this blog. I also plan to start sharing tips on how to get the best photographs of your pets over the coming weeks.

Lastly, I’m working on some exciting promotions to coincide with the official launch of markmuschett.com so check back for more details.

Thanks!

Mark Muschett

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