National Black Dog Day

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Meet Becky's first set of nephews,Calvin, Loki and Bucky!

In honour of "National Black Dog Day" I'm flooding you with these cute black and tan Cavaliers. Becky is a proud Auntie to every single cutie pictured here.

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Statistics show black dogs are the least wanted dogs. It is thought because they are hard to photograph they do not stand out as much as the other dogs.

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They are a challenge to photograph but with a few tricks not too hard. I tend to stay away from midday sun and opt for a slightly overcast day or a bit closer to the golden hour. When editing I opt to warm up my temperature and if the black has a blue tinge to it I sometimes reduce the blue tint slider. 

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 We recently got together with a few.. OK MANY family members of Becky's. I was asked to help out with a few photo booth type shots for the "Embee Fam Jam" day.
 
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Calvin wearing the smart tropical hat, flew all the way up from Utah to visit! I actually first met his owner through our blogs before she got him. That is the fun of writing and sharing our photos - sometimes great friendships are built!

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Anyone who visits my blog more than once knows that my dogs are my main subject matter. They are are reason I took up photography as a hobby and also the reason I developed a love of hiking. (Algonquin Park fall photos coming up soon!). I stalk a few pet photographers for inspiration. Here is a great article on how to photograph a black dog from Brighton Dog Photography.

UnBEElievable

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So picture a hot summer's night. The golden hour is just beginning. The dog's are up to their necks in clover so really do not want to pay attention to me. Seriously they think I plopped them in a giant salad bowl just so they can eat.

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It takes a brave woman to lie on the grass [and who knows what else is there] at the park frequented by a zillion pooches.

7/12 Kodee 2014 "Getting My Greenies"

I'm on my tummy shouting "cookie, treat" anything to get their attention. Then I roll over... yup right onto a bumble bee. Man that hurt! All for the shot right?! Well worth it though to stop and take in the gorgeous golden hour casting it's glow on the clover field, capturing another fond memory of my girls being their naughty selfs - simple "finds" that make my days :)

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QUEEN BEE
I am no ordinary bee.
I’m royalty, a queen, you see!
I don’t just raise a family – I rule a whole society!
Each day I lay two thousand eggs.
Believe me – that’s tough on the legs!
My doting daughters feed my belly,
And I was raised on royal jelly.
My princely sons are known as drones – Not one of those boys ever phones!
When it’s too crammed, then I take wing.
With such a life – who needs a king?
Author Unknown

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