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I’m a photographer first … and a dog show photographer second.  I don’t look to photograph traditional run of the mill images.  I hope that my photos convey the heart and soul of the dog and relationships between dogs and their people, be they owners, handlers, or even spectators.  If you see me at a show, I’m often trying to find a good vantage point from which to photograph where there is an uncluttered background.  I’m looking for interesting colors, patterns, angles and expressions.  Something different!

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Ever since visiting the lavender farm, I’ve become a lavender-aholic!  I bought a couple of plants for my garden, but am not feeling very successful so far.  One died and the other isn’t looking so great.  The leaves are turning brown at the bottom of the plant.  Too much water, not enough water, too much sun, not enough sun, poor soil?  Who knows!  Here’s a photo of one of the plants just before the flowers opened.  (Shot with the Lensbaby Velvet 56)  All lavender growing tips welcome!

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Pennsylvania is known for it’s rolling hillsides and farmland.  The added bonus of interesting clouds made this a scene worthy of photographing.  Hope everyone is enjoying as beautiful a summer weekend as we are having here in Pennsylvania!

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Can anyone say “Spa Day”?  A walk around the grooming area at any dog show often results in some great photo ops!  This image is from the Bald Eagle Kennel Club show in Bloomsburg, Pa. last weekend!

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I am a huge fan of contrasting textures in photography.  For example, this old weathered barn with the chipped and faded paint vs. the soft delicate orange lilies that are growing beside it.  I see so many of these orange flowers as I’m driving around the countryside in the summer.  I’m told that some grow wild and those are called Tiger Lilies or Ditch Lilies.  The ones that we buy at the garden center are typically Daylilies.  Daylilies bloom for just a day and are pretty much carefree in the garden. I was happy to have these orange lilies add a punch of color to this distressed barn.

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