New lens: Perfect for blue flowers, wide-angle dogs and landscapes

dogs and landscapes on the washington state palouse

Dogs and landscapes.

This is my jam.

When this week’s topic for our blog circle, dogs and landscapes was announced, I had two thoughts.

  1. YES … complete with Kip Dynamite fist pump like this:
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  2. DAMMIT. I just did a post with dogs and landscapes and the Palouse!

Fine. Challenge accepted.

Wait … what’s that? My new lens is here?

Welcome to the family

I have a Tamron 10-24 super wide-angle lens for my Nikon D500 but it doesn’t work as well on my full-frame Nikon D750. It gets a really bad vignette when I open up to 10mm.

I also have a Nikon 20mm, which I absolutely love. There’s something about the sharpness of prime lenses that is to die for. That’s what I was using last week on the Palouse.

palouse grassfield for dogs and landscapes photos

Grass field at Steptoe Butte

The 20mm, however, just doesn’t give me that goofy, distortion that I really love about using super wide-angle lenses on dogs.

Thus, I hit the internet and, bearing a tiny budget in mind, I found a used Sigma 12-24mm.

It arrived last Thursday and the next morning Bella and I were off to the Islands Trailhead on Centennial Trail in Spokane Valley.

We got there and our favorite grassy spot to run, jump and play was awash in blue flax. It was amazing.

blue flax in bloom in spokane valley

big white dog in blue flax at plantes ferry

Both images were made with the lens at its full 12mm. The perspective is slightly different due to the distance between me and Bella.

News lens, new friends

While we were trucking around the trail, I spied a fun group playing at the edge of the Spokane River.

I stopped dead in my tracks.


And not just any puppy. An Anatolian shepherd. If I could have five Maremma sheepdogs on a big ol’ property, I would add an Anatolian (and a Bernese mountain dog, of course) for fun.

Meet Honey, the 4-month-old Anatolian; Finn, the 3-month-old German shepherd puppy; and Indigo, the golden retriever.

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Back for more dogs and landscapes

The one part that was missing from our visit to Plantes Ferry last week was my strobe.

Yesterday, I couldn’t sleep. My brain woke me up at 3:45 a.m. and I thought, “Sleep is not happening. Let’s go.”

I haven’t done a sunrise since last year.

I still haven’t done one. Thank you, Mother Nature.

dogs and landscapes at plantes ferry in spokane valley

Bright, early and cloudy

Despite my weather app telling me the clouds would lift by sunrise, they stuck around.

We made the best of it. I wanted that blue flax again but I forgot that they like to close up for the night. They don’t fully open until much later in the morning.

Instead, I found a fresh crop blanket flowers.

Let’s look at the difference between a super wide-angle image and the more conventional dog portrait made with a Sigma 70-200mm. Both images are from the same flower patch.

wide angle dog portraits in spokane

Super wide and goofy


wildflower dog portraits in spokane valley

PG, or “Pretty Girl”

Sigh … isn’t wildflower season the best?

All around the circle

Dogs and landscapes are the images I want to create for you on our Adventure Sessions.

Hiking, exploring and adventuring are better with a dog by our side. Let’s find your favorite spot to hang out with your dog and immortalize your journey together.

Adventure Day sessions are designed to celebrate those days you have with your best fur friend. Your session fee includes a gorgeous 20-page album full of images featuring dogs and landscapes.

All you have to do is figure out which amazing location in Spokane and North Idaho we’re going to tackle.

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In the meantime, let’s go visit the rest of the dog photographers blog circle. Start with Linda Perdue, serving the Tampa, Florida, area.

Click the link at the bottom of Linda’s post to get to the next post and so on. When you get back here to dogs and landscapes in Spokane, you know you’re home.

Right where you belong.

4 thoughts on “New lens: Perfect for blue flowers, wide-angle dogs and landscapes”

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  3. Lucky to have those beautiful landscapes! I’m going to try a wide angle, just as soon as we are allowed closer!

  4. I love my Sigma 12-24mm, but I don’t have those gorgeous landscapes around me – those mountain flowers. WOW. Great images and I love that you met some new friends with it, it’s fun to see how the distortion highlights different parts of the various dogs.

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