This week, for Week Eight of our professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 we were to use a wide-angle lens to create a sense of inclusion. Our only caveats were to not use a wide-angle lens wider than 14mm nor could we use a fish-eye lens. We were to use the wide-angle lens to see how close or far we needed to be from the subject so that we were able to create a dynamic image where the viewer could feel part of it. This is all part of the lessons in David Duchemin’s “The Visual Tooldbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs.”

As usual, Mr. Bojangles and I headed to our favorite local park for our photo shoot. It happened to me a nice, sunny day and the temperature wasn’t so bad. This week has been crazy with weather from over 70 for the high one day to snow just a few days later. I saw a meme on Facebook that was so appropriate “When I want to experience four seasons in one week, I go to Cincinnati.” Fortunately, our chosen day at the park was one of the better ones this past week.

Using a lens wider than 14mm wasn’t a problem for me, because I don’t have one that wide. I do have one that goes from 18mm-55mm and that’s the one I chose to use for this week’s assignment. This first image was taken at a focal length of 18mm. You can see how you have a wide view of the park and Mr. Bojangles. This was pretty much my view from where I was standing, as a wider angle of view is how we see the world.

This next image was taken with a focal length of 26mm. You can see that you still have a wide view of the park, but that by moving the focal length in, Mr. Bojangles appears a little closer. While we have a sweeping view in the first image, this second image brings me into the picture more and, while still giving me a broad view of the park, makes me feel more included in the image.

Now, head on over to Little White Dog Photography – Sioux Falls, SD, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session in your favorite park or other location, use the hot pink “BOOK NOW” to the right of this post (at the bottom of your screen on mobile), send us an email to suzi [at] or give us a call at 513-288-1650 in the Greater Cincinnati area or 650-382-3242 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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