Lens Artist Challenge n.61 – Precious Pets

My entry for the lens artist challenge. This is a collection of photos taken of various pets in the last few years. Other pictures are available on my portfolio page

Some of these friends are sadly no more, but they left an indelible mark of their happy life and unconditional love.

It is one of the very reasons why I am a pet photographer today. Beyond my love for all animals, I am always fascinated by the unconditional feelings that our special pet friends are able to give although their life span is not the same as ours. We should all learn from them, then we would live a much happier life.

A lovely girl photographed at the Family Fun Day and Dog Novelty Show – Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Dorset.
Another beauty framed a the Family Fun Day and Dog Novelty Show – Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Dorset
Meet Batman – Retired and Loving it!
Handsome Sunny would be about 5 years today 🙂
Say hi Bodhi 🙂

Once upon a Macro

A selection of some old and new macro pictures I added to my portfolio.

The first one I ever took is the one of the droplets on a spider web. I still remember the day I took it. It was a misty morning of October 2015 and I was in Poole, on a rented flat with a little garden. I did not even have a macro lens but only a normal zoom lens and a Raynox 250 filter (strongly recommended!!).

I saw a rather big spider web completely covered with droplets and so I decided toI set up my tripod and camera equipment.

Fortunately it wasn’t windy so keeping the droplets in focus was relatively simple. Max zoom, a sufficient aperture to have enough depth of field and…click! 🙂


Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Angles

Bournemouth Pier

My chosen subject for the photo challenge is the Bournemouth Pier. Coming to think of it, it is one of the subjects I have photographed the most since I moved to Dorset about 4 years ago.

No matter the season, no matter the angle or time of the day, it always captures my eyes and ends up being on my frame.

A brief History of the Pier

Bournemouth Pier was firstly created in 1855 and took the form of a wooden jetty 100 ft long. The full version (1000ft long) was later completed in 1961 and then replaced by an iron version, designed by Eugene Birch on 1880, at a cost of 21,300£ (back then…a fortune!).

The Pier is of Victorian style and was used for anti-invasion measures in 1940. It was later re-opened in 1946 and reconstructed in 1950. It’s development continued to include a two-storey, octagonal entrance building/leisure complex and facilities including shops, kiosks, an amusement arcade, a show-bar and a multi-purpose hall.

It also hosted the historic Bournemouth Pier Theatre until 2013, when it was closed to be converted into an adventure sports attraction, complete with surf training wave, climbing walls and high ropes courses….not without protests from the National Pier Society.

Today the Pier hosts the world’s first Pier-to-Shore wire zip, together with a an amusement centre with climbing wall, restaurants, bars and outside area for kid’s entertainment.


Fun at the Margaret Green Animal Rescue

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is a charity organisation devoted to rescue and rehome pets that have lost their homes due to change in circumstances or have been mistreated or abandoned.

Their main rescue centre is in Church Knowles, Wareham, Dorset. The charity was founded in 1965 by Margaret Green and today it is the home of up to 1200 animals each year, with the help of the other two centres, one situated in Tavistock, Devon, and the other in a area between Blandford and Bere Regis, in Dorset.

On Sunday 4th August, I volunteered to be a photographer for the Family Fun Day and Novelty Dog Show held at the MGAR. It was a really beautiful experience and I was honoured to have helped keeping a good memory of this day and I also had the chance to meet and network with some very nice people too.

Here are some of the pictures I took.