Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

Here is the next installment in our series by local photographer Avi of Avivi photo.

The last part started to cover composition and now we move on to one of the rules that will really help you compose better shots of your dog, or any pet.

Prim ThirdsThe rule of thirds asks us to divide the frame into three horizontally and vertically, those thirds are typically referred to as the ‘power lines’.  The points where these lines intersect are usually referred to as the ‘power points’. It was determined that images tend to be more pleasing when the subject of the picture, or the focal point is located along one of these ‘power lines’, and even better if it falls directly on a ‘power point’.  

If we use the cropped image of Prim, you can see I’ve made an effort to bring Prim into the left third, and get her face to be on the top left ‘power point’.  This might be a lot to think about when all you want to do is get a better image of your pet, but trust me, practice composing your pictures by getting closer to the subject, and trying to get them to line up along the ‘power lines’ and you’ll wind up with much better images.  

It should be noted that the ‘rule of thirds’ is more of a guideline and it is not set in stone.  There are other compositional guidelines such as the ‘golden ratio’ or ‘golden spiral’ – but typically – the simplest to follow is the ‘rule of thirds’.    

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Wine and Wags - Sunday June 2nd

June 2nd !!

Mark your calendar for this wonderful 2nd Annual Wine & Wags event, in Livermore. Big White House Winery/John Evan Cellar has graciously offered us a spot at their beautiful winery where we will have our BAGSR table ! More than 15 wineries are sponsoring this event and many rescues are participating. Please plan on a beautiful Sunday and come do ya thing....with the wine glass thing and support our dogs. We will have a few ambassadogs there. Thank you for Carmen and Mark Battle, as well as Kathy Ramirez, who reached out to us. Who wants to have some fun in the sun?

Holiday Pup Pics 2018

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Holiday Pup Pics

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