Guess who won first place in the Pets category of Lens on Lake Minnetonka, our annual photo contest? Big Brown Eyes by Mound resident Ann Beadle-Reinitz, and it’s not difficult to see why.
She didn’t need to look far for her photo subject—just her driveway—as Beadle-Reinitz used her Nikon D850 and a 50 mm lens to capture Patrick’s sweet face. He must have wandered over for a friendly chat, as he’s owned by a neighbor.
Patrick, a Chihuahua, who was 1 at the time of the photo, “is a little skittish at first, but once he knows you, he loves to get pets and love from you,” she says.
It’s easy to want to take pictures of pets, but it’s not always easy to pull off the perfect photo. “The best tips I have for photographing animals and pets in general is to have a lot of patience, possibly a few of their favorite treats, and aim for their eyes,” Beadle-Reinitz says. “I truly believe the eyes are the windows to the soul.”