Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

F number 1.8
Exposure time 1/100


Story behind the shot:
Savannah is a southern belle beauty queen at heart, who has been shun from the pagent circuit because she has extra fingers and toes. Thus is the difficult difficult life of the most beautiful polydactyl in the world.
-Amanda Rynda

Nikon D90, 18-105 VR Nikkor at 105mm, 1/1000 at f/5.6, ISO 800

I shot this while "people watching" outside of a cafe in Copenhagen. Bikes are everywhere here and the ones with carts carry the kids or in this case a bulldog peeking out.
-Andrew Herbert

Camera: Canon 40d
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Exposure: 1/100sec, f/2.8 @ ISO 640
Light: Natural through window camera right


This is my Beagle, Watson. He has looked a little depressed over the last year, since we had an actual baby, the level of attention that he receives has gone down significantly. He is five and half and was our pre-baby baby. He likes to mope around and lay on the arm rest of the couch and look out the window (as seen here). Poor poor Watson. Once our daughter is a little older I think he'll perk up again.
-Andrew O'Hoski

My friend and I made a felt green tie for her corgi named Pepper. We wanted her to look like a business woman. I thought it would be interesting to photograph her in the shadows with her green tie being the focus of the photo.
I used a Canon 7d with a 24-70mm L series lens (ISO 400, F5.6 , Shutter 1250 in Manual Mode).
-Ariane Moshayedi

These dogs on a rooftop were barking in sync on every person passing
by and that attracted my attention. Had to capture them. EOS 550D,
70-200 L f4 on 200mm, f6.3, 1/800, ISO100. Played with exposure and
colours in Lightroom.
-Bojan Stojanovic

DSLR Sony a330, Fstop f/5, ISO 400,Shutter Speed 1/50 sec.

My friends and I had stopped in at the vet to come pet the cats. Little did I know, there were some great photo opportunities. I found this little guy behind bars at the end by the window. I like how he looks a bit scared, and the big bars in front of his face add to the character of him.
-Bronwyn Fairchild

Nikon d700
Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR
42" round diffuser placed camera left between puppy and a large window.
ISO 200


Here is my entry for the shooting challenge this week. I have been practicing photography on one of my little yorkies and thought this would be a great opportunity to get some feedback on the photo.
-Bryan Benton

Camera: Nikon d3000 w/ kit lens
Iso: 100
Shutter speed: 1/1000

Cato is a sucker for any kind of light directed at the ground. Especially lasers. He will pounce at any moving light, trying to eat the light (also the carpet). We found this out when he was a puppy while trying to make light painting photos with a laser pointer. When we put the laser away he will continue to look for it hours on end. If he knows it is in the cabinet he wont take his eyes off the door for a second. So we decided to try and take photos of him pouncing (I mean showing the word that he can fly).
-Robby Mowery

My submission for this week challenge is Pixie :

I was at my desk, working on the computer when Pixie decided to relax on the floor behind me.
I grabbed my camera, set it to aperture priority, auto focus, then put it on the floor and started shooting.
I had a hard time to frame it without cropping her tail or paw, but I finally got one right.
The settings on my Canon 50D were f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm (macro lens), 1/13s.
-Celine Ruffino

ISO: 320
Exposure: 1/1000
Aperture: f/4.5
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Kit 18-55 mm

I was on vacation up in Maine and I snapped this picture as we were riding in the boat. The subject, my dog Periwinkle, loves to be up on the bow whenever we go out.
-Charlie Beck

Lens: EF50mm f/1.8 II
ISO: 640
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Aperture: 1.8
No Flash

This is Frank he is a 1 year old Chocolate and Tan Dachshund. He is getting a bath in the sink and is not real excited about it. It was shot on a Canon EOS REBEL T2i with continuous shot to get just the right light and splash.
-CJ Dickinson

Sony A500 DSLR
F Stop 5.6
Exposure 1/1,600
Focal Length 45mm
Lens 18-55mm

This is my kitty, Iris. She is a 5 year old Calico. All week long I was trying to figure out how a good picture of my cats would turn out. I was cleaning the coffee table and put the flowers on the floor. Immediately Iris couldn't stop smelling the flowers so I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots. Instant classic!!!
-Curtis Prize

Camera - Nikon D40
Lens - Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED

Optimize Image: AUTO
ISO: 400
White Balance. +/- : AUTO, 0
Size/Quality: L, FINE
Tone: AUTO
Sharpness: AUTO
Colour, Hue: MODE3a, 0
Saturation: AUTO

Brightness/Contrast: 0, +20
Exposure, Offset, Gamma: 0, 0, 0.89

With photographing Lilly, I went with the simple tools of observation and patience. She neither likes being bossed around nor hurried (even though she can take off at a sprint with those hind legs of hers at the expense of my panic at times). I hope, in some way, the photo I submitted captures the curiosity of her nature whereby she can seem to get lost in it sometimes but not so much so that she loses her awareness of her environment. I'm not sure if this curiosity is specific to her or not but it sure is captivating to watch her explore. I had already taken a plethora of shots of her in a quiet indoor setting prior to the one I am submitting. Lo and behold some of her more endearing behaviours revealed themselves as I left her to own devices outside (thinking that today's 'photo session' was a wrap). Now I was the one hurrying back inside (luckily avoiding crashing into the door in my haste) to retrieve my camera! The term "irony" comes to mind.
-Dana Ng

the Bulldog down the street Nicknamed Wharglegargle because when he sticks his head through the fence and tries to bark
that is all that can be heard
Nikon D70 with 12-24mm lens at 14mm on Auto ISO, converted into High Contrast BW with IPhoto
-Daniel Schaefer

This is a shot of our Pug Miles. He's a 6-year old rescue we got a few years ago, and he's just got a ton of personality. Food motivated doesn't even begin to describe this little guy. We're not quite sure of his story, but he's got a bad back-leg from a car accident, so it slows him down enough to make him pretty easy to shoot. We took this in the backyard, and you can probably tell that my string trimmer died a few weeks ago :)


I shot this with my Nikon D90 using a 50mm x 1.8 lens. 1/400 sec exposure, with a 1.8 F-stop in aperture priority mode. The lens is new to me, and I am continually awed by the awesome photos it takes. I warmed up the raw image slightly in GIMP, and here they are.
-Dave Weber

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-105mm lens at 47MM, F/4 iso-3200 (was at auto).

This is Lucky, a poodle mix who loves to play in the dirt but currently laying down in front of me after I just got home from work. Quite the challenge to take a photo of since he was more interested in playing with me than posing for shots. Eventually he calmed down a bit and allowed me to take some shots and found this one was one of the more usable ones (he moves a lot!). I used photoshop to crop and adjust the levels, brightness and contrast a bit.
-David Wu

A cold and windy day on the beach in Carmel California, but we're always in no matter what. Nikon D50 AUTO, ISO 200.
-Dean Sonneborn

I was zoomed in a fair bit so the aperture was 5 and the shutter speed was 1/500 and ISO was set at 400.
Some post processing just to mute the color a bit.
Camera gear is:
Nikon D80
Nikkor 70 - 300 lens.


This photo was taken on Friday in my back yard in the middle of a game of fetch. The dog is Ollie. A 4 year old Goldendoodle.
-P. Smerdon

Nikon D3000, 400 ISO, f/1.8
-Dustin Chan

I don't own a real camera, just an iPhone, so I do not have a larger wallpaper sized copy of this photo (I'm just learning how to use this stuff.)

Camera: iPhone 3G
App: Hipstamatic (John S Lens, Blanko Film)

I was sitting at my dining room table not too long after reading about this week's shooting challenge when my dog Summer tried sneaking up behind me to play. I snapped the photo right as she sat behind my chair. An instant later she was springing around the floor. I got real lucky that my camera was ready to go! I know there's a lot of love/hate for Hipstamatic out there but every now and then it can make some moments pretty great.
-Dustin Spear

Nikon D60 Camera
Exposure : 1/125
ISO SPEED:100/21

STORY: This is Tutu a 11 year old Parrot living in albnia, he is a very very social parrot and lives with as a part of our the family.He eats lunch and dinner with us just like a normal person. He is a regular reader of Gizmodo and he would like to be a member :p ... thanks.
-Ervin Habazaj

The Camera: I used a Nikon D3000, 18-55mm lens and an ISO speed of 250.
The Story: Simsim which is the cat's name, comes from the word sesame in Arabic. She pretty much enjoys chilling in the scorching hot sunlight. As you can see in the photo I seem to be disturbing her nap time in the sun and the expression on her face clearly states that.
-Hashim Hassan

Shot with a Nikon D3000, 0.5 sec at f/5.3, ISO 280

Not much to say really, I watch the TV, my cat sleeps at my feet. This is the nature of our relationship. Would've liked to have gotten a better shot but try as I might all he wanted to do was sleep. Lazy kitty.
-Jamie Dix

Shot and edited on the iPhone 4 using the "FX Photo Studio" app vignette and sepia effects used.
Buddy was really tired so I decided to take a picture.
-Jason Salerno

"Belle's Yearbook Photo"

Cannon T2i
Cannon 50mm 1.8 Lens
5.6 Aperture
Speed 1/1000
ISO 400
Light. 1K with chimera.
All 3 images are were shot with the same settings, on a green screen. Just like a high school photo shoot. Treats were used to keep the dog focused.


For her senior photo, Belle choose 'The Lasers' because thats what all the cool kids were doing. After all, its 1987, and lasers are radical.
-Jay Sansone

Shot with cannon power shot sd790 is digital elph. caught her in the sunlight
-Jeffrey Scott

This doggy was posing so graciously in the windy street. The picture is nice in colour too, but I decided sepia version is even better :D This was shot with T2i and kit lens at 49mm, f7, 1/125
-Jelena Djordjevic

Nikon D3000
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens
ISO: 200

I was at my friend Tristan's house, where she has 8+ kittens. There were some adorable shots of them, but Roxy's left eye won out in the end. This one was mid-pet, so the light really caught the eye.
-Jeremy Mendonsa

My Girlfriend Aubrey and I went hiking on some trails and decided to take our Pit Bull, Kira. We were a little worried that Kira would get too hot, but she had a great day! We walked past this rock ledge and Aubrey stopped to sit. Soon after Kira jumped up and thats when i snapped this. Used a Nikon D5000 with kit lens
-Jim Keller

Here's a picture of my snaggle-toothed spaz of a cat, Hank. He was trying to take a nap in the sun in front of the window when I woke him up snapping pictures. He is always interested in my camera, and as soon as I can get one or two shots off, he is on the glass checking it out or photobombing whatever I'm trying to take a picture of. He's not wearing eyeshadow, his fur just picked up some of the blue sky coming in from the window. I was using a Canon Rebel XT and a Lensbaby 3g at f/2.8, 1/30 sec, and ISO 800
-Joe Russo

I'm not an experienced photographer, so I didn't have any fancy equipment to take the shots with. I used a Kodak DX7440, an old digital camera I found lying around the house, and then used iPhoto to edit the photo. I didn't mess with any of the settings on the camera, I just used the basic close-up setting with flash turned off.


After seeing the contest's subject, I decided I'd give it a shot and enter, so when I took the hedgehog (her name is Salito) out for her exercise in the yard, I took the camera with me to snap some shots. I took about 30, but there were only a couple where she wasn't blurry from moving. I really liked the way the pictures came out by having the camera on-level with her, it's kind of like seeing the world as she sees it, a jungle of grass sprouting up all around you.
-Joe Willis

Nala is my beagle and is really tough to photograph. Once she realizes what is going on she walks away. I wanted a close up shot of her because she has the saddest face and I wanted to show that. To keep her from realizing that I was taking pictures I used my Evo to take the picture almost touching her nose. With an ISO of 600.
-John Barton

ISO: 200
Shutter: 2 seconds
Focal Length: 26 mm
Aperture: 4.2
Flash: No Flash
Camera: D60
Lens: Stock 18mm-55mm


He is a Giant Schnauzer named Jack. I originally was trying to get a
picture with the moon setting behind him but none of those turned out
right do to his lack of cooperation. So I decided to try another
approach I told him to lay down and wanted to see what it would look
like if i held my Droid incredible above him with its LED on. I had
the camera on a Tripod set to 2 second shutter priority and kept
clicking away until he stayed still for 2 solid seconds. Oh yeah this
was the middle of the night. I used to resize and set it to
black and white.
-Jonathan Porter

This photo was taken on my Nikon D5000 of my dog Ollie (who is a 1 year old German Shorthaired Pointer for those who care) in a field down the road from me.
It was a beautiful evening and inside the forest area, rays of light just shone through the trees creating a fantastic golden spectacle.
My dog was going mental, until eventually stumbling across a stick, he then looked up extremely proud and happy with his find and I just managed to take the snap (.Raw and ISO 200 I think)
I got home and edited some of the colouring on iPhoto to make it look as close to the real event as possible and all in all quite chuffed :)
-Jordan Lebbern

Equipment: Canon Rebel t2i, Lens: 50 mm f 1.8 II EF, Setting: Aperture Priority mode. f stop at 1.8. ISO 1600.


Last night my family had a party and my two younger cousins, who are fascinated with cats, got beside my cat Mugsy and started petting him in tandem. It was too priceless not to catch on film. Apparently, he plays well with children.
-Justin Schuman

Camera: Canon T1i
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4
EXIF: 1/125 sec at f/1.4, ISO 800
Story: My parents' dog loves to lie in the rays of sunshine from the windows. A CD happened to be laying on the floor, and it reflected and refracted the sunlight to turn her beard-fur into a rainbow! Flash was killing the rainbow, so I had to open up wide and use a high ISO to avoid blur.
-Kerrick Long

I used a Nikon D3000 (18-55mm lens shutter 1/100 aperture f/5.0 and ISO of 200) to shoot my beautiful Lab/Pit mix, Lucy. No training necessary, just a lazy afternoon. The bench is her favorite lounge spot and can you blame her??

-Kevin Kaplan

Nikon D5000
Aperture f/16
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Exposure Bias 0 ev
ISO 200
Location: Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai, India.
My friend and I were walking my dog on the beach yesterday and the sun was slowly setting creating this crazy blue-ish yellow sky. So I whipped out my camera and my dog decided to stand there creating the perfect silhouette.
-Lasakan Cholayil

I shot this photo of my guinea pig, Shoe using the following equipment/settings: Nikon D90 with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens set to Aperture f/5.6 at ISO 1000. The camera was held up only by a tripod mount. Lighting came from a room lamp as well as a ceiling light. Flash was not used.


Story: The idea of this shot came to me when I realized that I had only one or two portraits of my guinea pigs since I've had them for about 2 years so, this was a great time to get some photos.
In this photo, I used one of my two guinea pigs, Shoe. While setting up, I positioned my camera towards Shoe and placed a light approximately 4 feet from the camera. Since the lamp has 5 bulbs, and I also had a ceiling light at my disposal, lighting wasn't an issue. As I was about to begin the photo shoot, I came across a few problems; the camera was either too low or too high. This problem was easily fixed by using a tripod mount to keep the camera slightly raised, yet not too high. Another issue was that my guinea pig was really amused by the assortment of lights setup. Luckily, his reflection in the camera lens was able to keep him focused for maybe a minute or two.
-Lev EyeZee

Shot Dimensions
Shot with a Canon 5D II
Lens Canon 24-70mm
f/5.7 1/250
ISO 100

Meet Louie. Louie is a red standard poodle age 2. I believe he is the happiest dog on the planet. He never leaves my side and is always smiling (like he is in the picture). I saw this contest, and decided it was about time I took some new photos of Louie. It was a beautiful California morning and Louie was ready to play ball. However, once he saw the camera on my neck he would not stop following me and looking into the camera lens. I finally gave up catch and let him model for me. Whenever I said cheese he opened his mouth and smiled. I tried to get an super unique photo but at the end of the day this was still my favorite shot because it clearly shows his sweet brown eyes and his giant nose! I would hang this up any day in my house.
-Brooke Palmer

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

Shutter Speed: 1/500
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 200

This is a photograph of one of my sister's cat whom she refers to as
big miu (the other being small miu). Big miu's a natural hunter who
goes after bugs that fly into the flat, roaches, and displays great
interest in the pigeons that often perch themselves outside our flat's
window separated by window grills. One morning my sister was awakened
by big miu bringing in a catch. A bloody dead pigeon in it's mouth.
The pigeon probably flew in through a window grill gap and met with an
unfortunate ending.


This shot is to honor the hunter who's been keeping our flat pest free
(he could have just chased the pigeon away though). Prop used was a
wind up chick that I won in an amusement park archery game in Tokyo.
Challenges were no doubt the constant movement by big miu and small
miu wanting a piece of the chick. The idea was to capture big miu
attacking the chick. Many shots were taken and chick had to be placed
on the ledge everytime it went down. Among the many shots, this one
was chosen because it displays big miu in action on the chick and
captures his eyes on the target.
-Mervyn Yeo

Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8
Aperture: f/2
Shutter speed: 1/125
ISO 400
Exposure bias: +0.3 step
natural light


This is my cat, Lilith. She was lying about on my bed one morning, just minding her business when I happened to walk in and notice the light falling on her from the glass door. I grabbed the camera, and snapped a few shots as she started to settle in for a nap. She gave me a few "poses" before she went to sleep.
-Misty Davis

Camera - Pentax Kx
Lens - Pentax FA 50mm 1.4
Shutter - 1/30s
Aperture - f/2.5
ISO: 800
No flash (stupid shadows)
Corrected color a bit in Picasa.


So here is my submission for Pet Photography. This is my Long-Haired Chihuahua, Bella. She just looked so incredibly cute, I couldn't resist sending it in. And for those of you who haven't tried to shoot a Chihuahua at f/2.5, I recommend it only as a test of patience. She is such a hyper-spaz that I took about 200 shots before I got her in focus. Had to catch her while she was stretching, and make noises like a lunatic until she looked up. Next time I will definitely use some Xanax, maybe Valium.
-Nick Giardina

Shot with - Nikon D5000/Nikkor 55-200 @ 80mm, f4.2, ISO 320, 1/1000 sec
Imported into CS4 for cropping and color adjustments.


My 4 month old bulldog puppy Cooper - who just recently learned to "high five". We tried to take a different picture earlier in the day, but the heat index was at 112 and he refused to participate. This picture was later in the afternoon and he was a little less annoyed with the heat. Taken in Ruston, LA.
-Patrick Nolan

Lumix DMC-FZ35 with a lens protector.
1/15 of a second
Aperture of F 4.0
ISO 80
Edited in Adobe Photoshop


I set Gene the leopard gecko on a pillow that was on our couch. After taking I took a few disappointing shots, he walked up the edge of the pillow and stood proud above my camera.
-Peter Glitsch

Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 (manual focus, manual aperture)
Settings: ISO200, 1/4000 sec shutter, 28mm, f/2.8
I took my pet, Rocky (named after the Stallone character), out to play fetch in the field behind my condo. I was trying out the 28mm lens I had picked up used for $20. I was lying down in the grass, and as he approached, carrying the stick in his mouth, I snapped some shots. I thought about sharing some of the poetry I've written about him, but I don't want to overwhelm any readers.
-Ryan Powers

Pentax ME
Pentax-M 50 mm
Kodax Gold 200
ISO 2.8

This is my dog Jimi. Being such a tiny Dachshund, he always gets tired while on walks. I took this profile of him one night when he was just too tired to make it home. Since I shoot film, I was worried that the photo would not come out well due to the darkened sky. It was tough to get him to stay still long enough for the slow shutter speed to work well.
-Lauren Winnicki

Shooting Info: Nikon D5000, Nikon 55-200 VR lens, f/4.2, ISO-200, 1/60 sec. This my boxer 5 year old boxer Jake. He's not much of a fan of getting his picture taken. I must of taken 200 shots between portrait and him playing in the backyard. It was hard to get him to sit still. With portraits he's trying to get away from the camera, but with the backyard shots he runs around barking at it.
-Ryan Williams

Nikon D70 35mm f/1.8

Charlie was sitting in the basement and growling at the the door
because a motorcycle just drove by. There wasn't a whole lot of light
so the ISO is jacked way up and the picture is a little grainy. I
darkened a couple of spots in the background and adjusted the color a
little in Photoshop.
-Scott Pope

Nikon D5000
50mm lens
1/250 sec.
ISO 400

I volunteer at a dog rescue group, and this little guy is up for adoption. I caught him just before nap time.
-Sharon Hardy

Camera: iPhone 4 (no special app or settings)
Cat: Frederic

My cat loves to hang out on the refrigerator and it's about the only place he will stay still for longer than 3 seconds. I managed to get close without drawing his interest and the image really captures his eyes. The light you see in his eye is from the back door through which he spends all day looking at the birds.
-Spencer Wallen

Camera "Canon 500d" picture was taken with a 18-55mm lens. iso 125, f4.5, 1/30sec.
This photo was taken on a beautiful summer morning, when the sun was about to rise in the distance. We were all eating breakfast, when our dog "Tyson" laid down next to me, and fell asleep. I had my camera at hand, and got this shot. He died two months later of cancer.
R.I.P Tyson, the best dog ever.
-Svein Øssur

Sasha is a four year old tortoise shell mix who was rescued from a college campus. Perhaps grateful for being taken off the streets, she is always willing to pose for the camera. This was taken with a Canon 5D with 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro at ISO 400, Shutter Priority mode at 1/160th second & f/2.8.
-Wesley Duffee-Braun

Whilst I'm the happy owner of a Nikon D5000, I figured I'd delegate the task to my iPhone 4 and commemorate the unfortunate demise of the very good 'Camera+' app. Upon taking the shot of my Dog 'John', I used the HDR filter within the app to create the effect. I liked the somewhat rustic effect that it gave, and therefore added a rustic frame (also on the app); everything has been edited on the app, without my normal incessant tinkering with Photoshop and/or Aperture.
-Lawrence Johnson