Friday, February 7, 2014

Photographing Pets and Animals in the Wild


Photographing pets and animals in the wild, from dogs and cats, to dogs at the NYC Pride Parade and Hawaiian birds, or catching a glimpse of the beautiful wild life around us, while whale watching...these are a few of my snapshots of pets and animals.

I'm a dog person. But also I'm an animal lover, in general. They brighten our day and put a smile on our face. They are our best friends and therapists. They don't judge us, and always welcome us with unconditional love. Who wouldn't want (or at times need) that? I know I do....


Ambrose, Kurt Weston's guide dog, at CNN headquarters. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Ambrose, Kurt Weston's guide dog, at CNN headquarters. Photo by Alina Oswald.

 [Award-winning photographer Kurt Weston is the subject of my book, Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography. Weston won the 2nd CNN iReport Award for Personal Stories. I joined him in Atlanta, for the ceremony. Ambrose is his guide dog, a devoted friend and a gorgeous dog. In the above image, he is waiting patiently at the foot of his owner, in the cafeteria of CNN Headquarters, in Atlanta.

To learn more about my CNN iReport on Kurt Weston, check out Reflections on a Lifetime of AIDS.

To watch Kurt Weston accepting the CNN iReport Award and hear his acceptance speech, check out Kurt Weston accepts iReport award.

To watch CNN's Fredricka Whitfield interviewing Kurt Weston on CNN, check out Blind Photographers View of the World.


Kurt Weston and Ambrose on the stage, accepting his award. CNN's Michael Holmes by his side.






To read more about Kurt Weston's art and life, check out his biography, Journeys Through Darkness, written by yours truly, and including photographs by Kurt Weston. To find out what others have to say about Journeys, check out a review here. ]


I leave you with a few more pictures of pets and animals... As always, thanks for stopping by!

Writer/Photographer/Author

Dogs looking through fence in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Dogs looking through fence in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Alina Oswald.
When it comes to photographing pets and animals, well. that can be a challenge. Thing is that they move a lot, are quite inquisitive, and also very shy, when it comes to photographing them.

And if you think that photographing dogs or even cats (yes, Miss Fey :-)) is hard, try to catch a glimpse of a whale or dolphin.... It's challenging.

So, I'd like to share a few of my snapshots of images of animals and pets, and thank them for always being loyal, best friends forever.




But I don't photograph only dogs. I also capture cats, whenever they let me. (I know Miss Fey, you are in charge. Miss Fey is one of my favorite cats who thoroughly checked out my gear bag, and only after approving of its contents, she agreed to pose, briefly. She also meows on the phone, whenever I chat with her 'human,' which, by the way, is award-winning author T.J. Banks. To find out more about her books (including Catsong, Souleiado and Sketch People), check out her Sketch People blog here.
cat photography against an orange background.photo by Alina Oswald.
Portrait of a Cat. To find out more, check out http://tjbanks927.blogspot.com/.

Cat Photography. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Cat Photography: Miss Fey. Find out more at http://tjbanks927.blogspot.com/

Animals don't always have four legs. Some have two, and some have many more...like the sea (or I should say beach) creature below. I remember I was sitting on this Lanai beach a few years ago, camera in hand (with the long lens attached), catching my breath, when I noticed this...creature crawling in the sand. It begged for a picture.
Nene the Hawaiian Goose in the grass. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Nene the Hawaiian Goose. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Last time I visited Hawaii, which happened too long ago if I think of it, I was looking for Nene, the Hawaiian goose. There were signs and drawings of it all over the place, warning us to watch out for the goose, but I wasn't sure how it looked like, or how big a bird it was.
Needless to say, I couldn't spot any Nene. Disappointed, I got back inside the car and pulled out of the parking lot...and then I noticed it. The Nene, slightly larger size than a well-fed regular goose. It was talking in the grass, one step at a time. Not sure if it was looking for food, or for somebody to chase away. I snapped a few pictures with my iPhone, and took off.

Sea creature on Lanai beach, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Sea creature on Lanai beach, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Sometimes our furry or feathery friends don't have four legs, or two legs. They have many legs. While in Hawaii, I also visited the island of Lanai (a catamaran ride from Maui). We finally got to Lanai beach. Beautiful, by the way. Anyway...I plopped on the sand, trying to catch my breath. Camera in hand, of course, and as it happened, with my long lens attached to it. I was trying to take in the surroundings, when I noticed this...sea creature crawling towards me, begging to have its picture taken.


Sometimes animals are not only humans' best friends, but also they find a sweet spot inside a vampire's heart, too.
Even vampires love their pets. Here is Octavia, the cat, in the arms of her vampire. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Even vampires love their pets. Here is Octavia, the cat, in the arms of her vampire. Photo by Alina Oswald.