Happy Friday and beginning of December everyone. How in the world is this year almost over already? Yikes! This week I'm cheating on my new photo and using one from a week ago. It isn't because I wasn't taking pictures this week; in fact, just the opposite. But I can't share those with the world, yet. I will when I can. So the picture I'm going to share with you is my greatest passion--photographing animals. My dog Rufus and I took advantage of a bizarre 70 degree day in November and played a little hooky in the park. This picture is from our romp through the woods. I took this one with my Tamron 17-50mm lens with an aperture of 2.8, a shutter speed of 1/320 and an ISO of 100. I like the texture in Ru's fur. He tends to blend in with the fall browns and reds, but his pose was fun and every chance I get to practice with animals, I'm thrilled. This weekend we're headed to a dog walk sponsored by the local metro parks. It's in the evening, but if I can get some good pictures of that there may be more dogs next week for New Photo Friday as well. In the mean time, if you're a photography enthusiast, you may want to check out this free ebook. I'm not sure how much longer it's going to be free, so I'd go quickly. But working effectively with reflectors is one of my goals for the near future, so I want to check this one out.
Hi friends. Some of you may be brand new friends and others may be coming from my previous blog, Jen's Book Thoughts. Brown Dog Solutions and The Inquisitive Introvert blog are the result of a WordPress class I was taking and my desire to include additional content on my blog, like photography, travel and animals. So here you will still find significant book discussion, but I'll also be sharing some of my other passions. I hope you'll visit often, join in discussions and enjoy the content. Jen's Book Thoughts will remain as an archive of the previous eight and a half years of book talk. I may, at times, reference reviews, interviews or other features there and provide you links. However, I won't be accepting any review requests here. I'm at a point where the majority of my reading time is committed to reviews I'm doing for various publications. Additional reading is simply going to be books I want to enjoy personally and are not in my work list. I so very much love to read, and I'm promising myself I will keep it that way. I have started to create some galleries of my photography. This was an excellent exercise for me, as I've been taking new classes to regularly improve my skills, and it's been motivating me to finally organize all the digital photographs I've taken. These galleries will be updated regularly and I will also share some fun photos here in blog posts. Fridays will be dedicated to a series I'm calling New Photo Fridays. More on that soon. There is a section of the site for freelance work. You can find information there about the skills I have for hire as well as how to contact me for additional information. I'm honored to work regularly for several small businesses, so additional jobs I accept will be determined by available time. I've given my freelance business the name Brown Dog Solutions in honor of my own dogs...who have all been brown. Thank you for stopping by my new little corner of the Internet. Come back soon.