When I went out in our backyard a couple of days ago with Sadie and Katie I was hoping to get a decent picture of either of them. I tried to concentrate on Sadie since I had not taken anything that I liked lately, but again it did not work out. So I started trying to get Katie's attention but she would not look at me in a way that I liked. But Gayle, who was inside and noticed what I was attempting to do, started tapping on the big sliding glass window that Katie and I were standing next to. Katie turned to look at Gayle, so I took a few shots.
Yes, it's preferable to be at eye-level with your dog when you take its picture, but I thought if I did that on this occasion the resulting background would have been too distracting. Instead, I aimed down towards Katie, using a somewhat large aperture (f/2.8) to blur the stones behind her. After I imported it into Lightroom, I adjusted the color temperature up to get rid of the bluish cast you get in open shade, and used the Iris Enhance adjustment brush preset to lighten up Katie's eyes.
By the way, this is the 48th picture I've taken of Katie this year.
(Shot with the Nikon D300 using the 50mm lens; aperture-priority, with aperture set to f/2.8; camera chose shutter speed of 1/200 at ISO 400; auto white balance; normal JPG.)