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I'm an animal-loving, sun-worshipping photographer who specilaizes in FRESH photography for ACTIVE pet parents! I strive to help pet parents like YOU look good, feel good, and do good. To learn more about me, my services, products, and how I can help you, please visit my website at alipeterson.com.

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Aug 10, 2017
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As a professional photographer, it’s important to seek creative opportunities and invest the time and energy into personal passion projects. Doing so can:

  • enhance your knowledge of your craft
  • provide a fresh perspective that translates into new ideas
  • push you to challenge yourself, which promotes growth
  • fulfill your need to express yourself creatively

Not to mention, in the case of this personal project, it also provides an excellent excuse to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some quality time and exercise with my pups 🙂 So, what’s the project?

Dog Friendly Locations in San Diego, Ail Peterson Photography

MISSION MINT

MINT : Mornings In New Territory

#MissionMINT

Goal: Explore and photograph 10 dog-friendly locations in San Diego during the first few hours of the day.

Purpose:

  • Explore new locations in San Diego
  • Strengthen my photography skills by experimenting with unfamiliar lighting, equipment, and/or shooting techniques.
  • Engage myself and my dogs in mental and physical activity

Rules & Guidelines:

  • The location must be somewhere in San Diego that I’ve never been to before
  • I’m only allowed to bring and use my 50mm lens
  • Shooting must be done within 2 hours of sunrise.
  • The location must be outside (it can be a trail, park, beach, etc)

MISSION MINT 1 : Santa Margarita Trail, Fallbrook

Dog Friendly Locations in San Diego, Ail Peterson Photography

To kick off the Mission, I decided to head somewhere not too far from home, yet still uncharted territory. So, I packed our bags and headed to the Santa Margarita Trail in Fallbrook. Or so I thought…

I’m not sure where we went wrong, but we definitely did NOT end up where we intended on going. Instead, we found a random trail that was about 1/2 mile long, running through a hilly neighborhood. Despite the fact that it wasn’t the “correct” location, we walked the path anyways. It’s all about the adventure, right?

The morning light was beautiful! Especially given how the last few weeks started off with a thick layer of overcast pretty much every single day. Naturally, I was quite delighted to see actual sun rays peaking through the clouds. Me and the girls took some photos along the trail. There wasn’t much of anything exciting, but the were a few spots that provided a decent photo opp.

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A little discouraged, but not completely deflated, we drove off after walking the entire 1 mile roundtrip (not quite enough for me to consider it a workout, but at least it was a bit of exercise). I decided to just head home because I knew we at least got a few good shots from the trail. Not more than a couple minutes into the drive home, I realized I had taken a wrong turn and had no idea where I was. Full disclaimer – I’m REALLY good at getting lost!

Before I was able to get too frustrated with myself for getting lost, we came across a bridge. And where there’s a bridge, there’s likely to be water! And then I saw it…a sweet, little river nestled away behind some brush. It was calling our names! I immediately found a spot to park, got the girls out of the car, and headed towards the water. It took a minute for us to find a way, but we did. And when we got there, it was glorious!

If there’s one thing I LOVE, it’s water. It’s literally my favorite thing on Earth. So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw this river. The girls were, of course, equally excited. I through off my shoes, grabbed my camera, and we all jumped in. It was heaven. They had so much fun splashing around, and I was loving the morning light peaking through the trees, reflecting on the water, and feeling the wet sand between my toes. I couldn’t believe we found this secret little gem.

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FIELD NOTES:

  • Location: Unknown (somewhere near the Santa Margarita Trail, Fallbrook)
  • Location Type: Trail, Riverbed
  • Time: 6:15am – 8:00am
  • Lighting: Partly Cloudy
  • Equipment: Canon 5D Mark lll, Canon 50m F1.4
  • Notes: Shooting backlit through the trees works as expected. The morning light tends to give a magenta or red hue – not the typical yellowish tone of images with afternoon warmth. I may have slightly overcompensated for this in post-production.

CONCLUSION: When something doesn’t go as planned, keep your chin up and stay positive because you never know what might be waiting for you just around the corner 😉

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