This our cat Lulu who we got from the shelter in January this year. She's settled right in since then and loves being groomed, in this photo she is standing on our barbeque/grooming station waiting impatiently to be groomed.
The pic was taken with a Canon T2i using a EF 28-135mm lens (focal lenght 28mm F/3.5 1/200sec ISO-3200). Desaturated the background in photoshop afterwards to make her stand out a bit more.
-Alan Morrissey


Shooting Summary: Shot at home with a Canon 10D with a 50mm lens set on 1/60 shutter speed & f/1.8, ISO 800.

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Story: We adopted Juno just over a month ago from a shelter. She is a two year old shepherd mix and very photogenic. Her calm demeanor makes her a perfect subject. I first photographed her last week with my engagement ring and fell in love with the photos and was very excited to shoot her again for the photo challenge this week.
-Amanda Wagy


Canon EOS 1000D + 18-55 mm lens. 1/10s f6.3 @ ISO 400

Post processing in Digital Photo Professional, cropping in Photoshop.

A shot of O'malley, my 6 year old English cocker spaniel. I was trying to get a shot of him as he was lazying about, but when I got down to take the shot, he suddenly got energetic and playful. Took a bit of effort (and alot of doggy treats!) to get him to calm down enough to get him in the proper pose for the shot.
-Bart Tieman


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Settings: Sutter: 1/100s, Focal Length: 16.1 mm, ISO: 250
Technique: Shade shot with flower garden as background, Sun is to the right and above cat in trees.

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I went outside in the back yard and found my cat Shadow sleeping in the plants in the flower garden. I took a few shots
while he was there but he was hidden by some branches too well. I then decided to sit down away from him and after
awhile he came out to see what I was doing. I took many shots of him moving, laying and sitting around but the one
with the lily leaves in the background came out the best. He is a big and regal cat and I think this shot showed that the best.
-Dennis Cutter


This is my cat Vicente while he is watching through the window. I took
this picture with Point and Shoot Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1.
-Eugenia Jofre


Everybody meet my cat Giuseppe playing in the backyard of my house in
Como Italy. I took him a picture with my Alpha 200 and 18-75 lenses.
-Fernando Jofre


SONY DSLR-A500
Alpha 55-200
1/80 s
f/4
ISO 400

This is POGO, a 5 year old bearded dragon. Named because he will often leaps for crickets. I tried to catch him in a jump but was unsuccessful. In this shot I used my cameras manual focus to get right in where the cricket would be and waited for him to come get it. I have lots of other pets, cats, horses and another lizard but figured being he is so big and more unique than the other pets, I would use him as the subject.
-Frank Glover


Shot with Canon G11 , 1/20, f2.8, 800 iso. Made it B/W in Iphoto and some minor tweaking. Curtis (Black Lab-bottom) and Jackson (Brown Lab-top) are frequent subjects while I procrastinate working- in this case making a wedding video that I have no idea what I want to do with.
-Greg Gates


Canon S90
Auto Macro Mode
f/2
1/60 sec.
ISO 80

I used a mini-tripod to photograph my pet Eastern Box Turtle, named Speedy. Give me a break on the name, I was 9 years old when I got her and that's the best I could come up with at the time. Which, by the way, was 19 years ago. If you want to get your kid a pet without having to deal with the emotional childhood trauma caused when a family pet dies, get a turtle. With minimal care they'll live forever. In fact, it will probably outlive your kid.

Regardless, I was attempting to get a photo of Speedy eating mealworms, which is generally an apocalyptic bloodbath from the worms' point of view. (Note the leftover bits of worm bodies in the feeding dish.) Unfortunately, I didn't get a very good shot of the carnage, but managed this final shot of Speedy glancing back before she shuffled away into her cavern of doom.
-Kurt McNamara


Shooting Summary:
Camera: Canon Rebel XSI
Lens: Canon 55mm f1.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Aperture: f/1.8

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I shot Chloe, here, enjoying her favorite spot in our house: a windowsill thatís 2 stories high! Sheís a small, but fearless cat whose middle name is ìDanger.î She spends hours on this high ledge watching birds. Itís also a great place for her to get away from our other cat, her brother, whoís too big to fit through the railing and too scared to get up on the high ledge!
-Laura Sherman


Here we go with Hudson, my 4 year old bluetick coonhound.

Shot in my studio. .er. . garage on a white seamless background and tileboard floor with a Nikon D700 and 50mm f/1.4 AF-S. Lit with an Elinchrom 300RX head and a couple of Nikon SB800s. 1/100 @ f/2.8, ISO 200.
-Luke Bhothipiti


Canon XSi

Shot in P mode

Canon EF 100mm Macro

My girls (Knuckles and Lilikoi) are both indoor cats. They've occasionally snuck out into the garage but have never been further than that.

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I was outside taking some shots of insects and flowers when I saw both of them poking through the sliding glass door blinds on the second floor. I quickly (and quietly) ran inside switching the camera to P mode and was able to capture Knuckles still staring through the glass at the world outside. I adjusted the contrast and saturation and slightly reduced the sharpness in lightroom to better suit the look on her face.
-Mark Lee


This is a photo of our youngest dog, Rocket. He just turned 1 year old. As you can see his name fits him quite well. He was being chased by his sister (our oldest dog Emma who is 9 years old and an Australian/Greyhound mix, rescue dog). Rocket is a border collie mix and is also a rescue dog. We got him when he was 5 weeks old. He is our little clown and is constantly in motion and I wanted to try and capture this and his personality in the photo.

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The camera I used was my Nikon D200 with a 18-200 vr lens, ISO setting was 100. Shot at a 1/40 of a second at f/8.0 and taken in our backyard.
-Mia Bauer


Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI
Lens: 28-135 mm Zoom
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/ 5.6
Focal Length: 53 mm

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This is Laila enjoying her first day of freedom! She is a 3 month old Black Labrador that I recently rescued from the animal shelter. Unfortunately, this cute face previously suffered a long and tenuous battle of animal abuse, but she put her trust into my loving family right away and made herself at home in my backyard the moment we carried her through the front door. As you can tell, she is now enjoying the simple life!
-Rachel Porter


Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Focal Length 32 mm
Shutter 1/64
Aperture f/4.6
ISO 400

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I'm 15 and this is my first contest entry. Had to steal my moms camera to do this. I now wish i had changed the aperture a little more.
This is my brothers dog Hudson. He hates me.
-Ryan Hemenway


Shot with my Canon 7D, aperture was F/7.1, exposure was 1/250, ISO 200.

Nothing real special about taking the shot except that any time I take pics of my dogs I'm usually on my belly, ruined a lot of t-shirts over the years and this one shot was no exception. I was on my belly laying in mod because Brady (my dog) was standing next to a kiddie pool and I laid down real quick to take the shot and realized only afterward that the whole ground was soaked. Hope you enjoy.
-Stephen OByrne


Anticipation (featuring Crown Princess Lucy Flowerpetal)

Shot with a Canon SX210 IS Point-and-shoot (ìTravel Zoomî) at ISO 80, f/4.0, 1/800 sec., cropped in Gimp. Photographing Lucy isn't easy; she moves fast. She loves to play catch with pretty much anything, but her current favorite target is the yellow squeaky tennis ball. So I screwed in the trusty Gorillapod and set the custom timer for 10 shots at 1-second intervals and started tossing her the ball. The idea was to get a shot of her catching the ball — or at least frozen in mid-air jump. So that never happened, but I liked the concentration she has in this shot: eyes on the ball, tail up, ready to jump. (She missed it, by the way).
-Tom Fassbender


I used my new Sony Nex 5 with the standard 18-55mm lense. Lovely bit of kit! This is the first time I've had a go at photography outside of the point and snaps. It took me a while to get him to sit. Food did the trick in the end.

Anyway I hope this is enough info:

Focal length - 34
F number - 4.5
Exposure time - 1/250
Taken - 19th August 2010

The location was my back garden with my very lovable dog, Bruno (he's not that camp guy). He was a rescue dog that, well we rescued and is a real family member. The shot was inspired by the look he gives when you wave food about in the air.
-William Brunt


First, this is way past the due date, but I hope you will take it anyway. I took this shot over the weekend at my buddy Dave's house. He just moved in with two kittens and the one you see here is Sophia.
Anyway earlier in the night we both cracked open a couple of beers and Miss Sophia came over and sat on my lap because she was intrigued by the sound the cans made when opened. Well at one point in the night my buddy and I were sitting at his bar top, talking away, and opened a couple of more beers...it just so happened Sophia was walking by and heard the "crack" and decided to jump up to the bar to order a drink for herself and that's the picture I snapped of her here.

Camera Specs:

Canon SD780
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9mm
Shutter Speed: 1/13
ISO: 400
-Philip Fanara


Wallie is a female Wheaten Terrier, named after my Grandpa, I know weird right? The picture was taken with a Canon SX20IS on portrait mode. I have no idea how to work manual or any of that. I wish I did though. The story behind the shot is that my dog is psycho when she's out in the backyard. Runs around crazy like a mad woman. This was the first time she was happy and peaceful outside and I remembered seeing the photo contest on Gizmodo so I was like what a perfect opportunity! So this is my puppy laying down in the grass peacefully in my backyard.
-Alexa Kaminsky


Zev (foreground) and his cousin, Chowder (background) taking a break from their nice jaunt around the yard this weekend. I got lucky enough to have them pose together in the same frame, if only for a moment. These guys are FAST!

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Canon 40D. EX580 with diffuser. 24-105 IS L @ f/5.6, 28mm focal length (48mm equiv.) 1/250 exposure. Shutter priority. Auto White balance, but a cloudy day.
-Bradley Witover