Sam walking Sputnik.

Dog on a Walk

Even after moving back in July, I’m still going through boxes.  I had unpacked my Holga 120  CFN.  This past Saturday I serenidipitously found a roll of 120 film in one of our boxes.  I loaded it into my Holga as Sam was getting Sputnik ready for a walk.  The Holga came along.

The top photo there is Sam walking Sputnik, who is happily sniffing along the rail trail near out home.  We like walking that trail, dog included!

Here are a few more from the roll.

Sputnik in front of a mural.

Double dog exposure!!Heeling before crossing the street.

I have a few more in my album over on Flickr.  Why not head over there and take a look at them?

 

Model: Erin Lebo

Mascherata Event At Omni Lens Studios

Omni Lens Studios held one of their fantastic events on January 28, 2017 featuring Mascherata, which is Italian for masquerade. Most of the models there did masquerade type outfit, and they were all wonderful, such as Erin Lebo in the top photo here. I got a lot of great shots.  It was hard to choose, but here are some of my favorites from the day.

Model: Samantha Leigh Fern
Samantha Leigh Fern

 

Model: Dani Nichole Ensor
Dani Nichole Ensor

 

Model: Ashley Stone
Ashley Stone

 

Like I said, these are only a small portion of what I got.  Look for all of my shots when I upload them to my online portfolio.  I haven’t had a chance to do that, yet, but all my editing is done.

Thank you to all the models, and Chad and Carole at Omni Lens Studios for a great event!

Ice carving of a beta fish at the Reading Fire + Ice Fest in Reading, PA, USA

Testing Out my New Smartphone Camera

I recently upgraded my old smartphone to a new one, an iPhone 6s Plus.  I wanted a bigger phone, and my husband and I usually stick with Apple phones, usually a model behind the most recent one. I know, my phone has been out a while, but it’s new to me.

On January 14, 2017, Joan and I went to the Reading Fire and Ice Fest in Reading, PA, USA.  It’s the third year in a row we’ve gone, and that’s how many years the festival has been happening.

Ah, but this year I didn’t take my DSLR.  Nope.  It was drizzling outside, and I don’t like to take my good camera out in the rain, but I figured my phone would be a decent proxy if I wanted to take some photos, like I did, of the beta fish ice carving above.

The camera in the iPhone 6s Plus is decent.  You can do those live photos now.  I tend to turn them into GIFs, like this one of my dog getting his belly rubbed.  Sputnik's belly rub face

Ok, back to the fest.  Here are two more photos from the fest that I took.

Ice carving at the Reading Fire and Ice Fest 2017

 

Angel fish ice carving from the Reading Fire and Ice Fest 2017

Huh, I just realized that all three photos that I chose to feature here are carvings of fish.  I can be so thick sometimes.

I also popped these three photos into Lightroom to see what results I could do to jazz them up.

 

That’s basically the ice aspect of the fest.  As for the fire, here are a few that I captured on my phone.  You can see more of the fire photos over on my hooping blog.

As usual, it’s hard to capture frozen motion in low light on a smartphone camera.  At least my model of the iPhone isn’t immune to that.  I believe the iPhone 7 does better.

The iPhone 6s Plus has the usual decent iPhone camera.  It’s good in a lot of situations.  It’ll do.

Two Adorable Nieces. 2016 Countdown by Jenn Dixon Photography

ICYMI: The Rest of Countdown

I thought I’d share the rest of my 2016 countdown, in case you missed it.  The featured photo above is number two, featuring my two adorable nieces, Allie, who is three, and Hannah, who is four months old.  Aren’t they cute?!

Here’s there rest of the countdown!

One awesome GoPro shot! 2016 countdown by Jenn Dixon Photography.

And finally, though we’re five in, Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! One of my all time favorite photos from 2016. Jenn Dixon Photography.

I encourage you to check out Sasami Shou’s Facebook page.  She’s a fantastic model!

I hope your New Year is great so far!  Here’s looking forward to a great 2017.

Five Favorite Portraits of 2016. Jenn Dixon Photography

Catch My Countdown!

I started New Year’s countdown on my Facebook page.  I hope you join in and catch it!  I’ll post the first three here, as the top image is of my favorite portraits of this past year.

Here are the other two, in case you missed them.

Four Favorite Flower Photos from 2016. Jenn Dixon Photography

Favorite Animal Photos from 2016. Jenn Dixon Photography.

As I said, you’ll have to pop on over to my Facebook page to see the rest as they are posted each day until January 1, 2017.

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoy my countdown!

Sputnik in all his handsomeness.

Sputnik the Photogenic Pyrador

I would like to introduce everyone to a our new dog, Sputnik!  He’s a Great Pyrenees/Labrador mix, hence a “pyrador,” and is six months old.  Sputnik is going to be a BIG boy.

My husband and I got him from LaMancha Animal Rescue in Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA, not far from Coatesville.

LaMancha is a beautiful rescue facility!  They are a working farm with chickens, cows, horses, and, of course, dogs in clean kennels and cats in a special house to adopt.

Sputnik’s story is that he came from Alabama, USA, where he was a stray.  LaMancha transported him here, called him Zeus, and he was barely there a week until Sam and I snatched him up.

We were going to LaMancha to see two other dogs and didnt’ know about Sputnik until we got there.  When we arrived, we were told that the one had been adopted, and the other one we walked for a little bit, and he seemed frightened.  Not a match.  We asked about the other dogs there, and were told about Zeus.  We walked him on a trail on the farm (all the dogs get walks there), and were treated to kissed, hugs, and was known as the Pyr Lean.  Great Pyrenees will lean into you really hard you pet them.

We had our dog.

Sputnik was put into the back seat of my car, and I was treated to hugs and kisses on the way home as I was sitting back there with him.  Here’s a video of me introducing him.

I have never had a dog look so nicely at the camera for me.  I think it was the shutter clicking when I would take an exposure.  Still, I’ll take it!  He poses well for the camera!  Here are a few other shots that i took of my handsome guy.

Sputnik and his whale

Sputnik and his whale

Sputnik looking at the camera.

I already have pictures of him over on Instagram.  Here are a few good ones.

That ear. #dogsofinstagram #pyrador

A photo posted by jennabee25 (@jennabee25) on Dec 11, 2016 at 5:19pm PST

I look crazy, and Sputnik looks dopey. #pyrador #dogsofinstagtam #selfie #selfiewithdog

A photo posted by jennabee25 (@jennabee25) on Dec 12, 2016 at 5:21pm PST

 

So, that’s been my photographic journey with Sputnik over the past four days he’s been with us.  Much more to come, believe me!

Ivan, Allie, Emily, and Hannah Swangren

Thanksgiving with My Family

I had a great Thanksgiving with my family this year.  My sister Emily hosted it, and my mom and I went over early to her house to help set up and cook.  We all found time to squeeze in a few photos, as I had taken my camera after debating to take it with me or not.  I’m glad I did!  I got some great shots, like the one above of my sister, her husband Ivan, and children Allie (the redhead) and Hannah (the baby).

With that being said, here are a few more of the pictures I got that day.

Here’s my mom holding Allie, and Emily holding Hannah.

My mom holding Allie. Emily holding Hannah.

Allie Kay is such an adorable cheeseball!

Allie Kay

Hannah is such a sweet baby, though unsure of the camera.

Hannah Lynn

Monty, my sister’s chatty cat, was happy to be included in the family festivities.

Montgomery "Monty", the chatty cat

You can see the rest of the photos that I took over on my portfolio.  Enjoy!

 

Harry Gottlieb and his catch.

Surprise Cats

I absolutely love the photo of my great-grandfather Harry with his prize catch.  This photo was taken in Atlantic City.  The cat makes the photo, along with Harry’s huge smile while showing off his big fish.

I’m pretty sure Harry wasn’t expecting to compete with a cat for his dinner.

I don’t know why I decided to do a post themed “surprise cats.”  I guess, this photo reminded me of one that I took a while ago and was the first photo that I ever posted on Flickr.

"Kitten" by Jennifer L. Dixon

See the kitten in the middle?  I didn’t notice that before.  I just shot the candid people at the time.  Then I got my film developed.  Boom! Surprise cat!