Princess Tink

By: danitacahill

Apr 27 2012

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Category: Animals, Black & White, Dogs, Farm, Pets, Photography, Portrait photography, Rural Photography


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This is Tinkerbell – Tink for short. Princess Tink might be a more fitting name.

Tink is a Chihuahua cross. She belongs to my friend, Paty. Tink travels with Paty back and forth from Paty and her husband’s two ranches – one in Central Oregon, the other in Eastern Oregon. Tink also rides along with Paty when she does her chores. On a ranch, chores often involve driving a tractor. A milk crate with a blanket inside is attached to each tractor. Tink rides inside as if it is her throne.

Tink’s not crazy about having her picture taken. When I was visiting Paty this past weekend, I saw how nicely this sunbeam was hitting Tink and grabbed my camera. Princess Tink refused to look at the camera, turning her head away instead in this sort of haughty-looking pose.

I took a few frames, then snuck over to try to move the wooden basket filled with pine cones that was on the shelf behind her. But Tink got up and moved. When I tried to pet her and tell her it was okay, she could go lie back down, she gave me a warning yip, letting me know without a  doubt that her photo session was over.

I played around with this shot in Photo Explosion. I liked the drama of it in black and white, but I wanted to add some color back to Tink’s eyes. I hand-painted them with a translucent orange.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


3 comments on “Princess Tink”

  1. Paty (Tink”s owner) wrote on my Facebook link: “She is the queen of the house! Thanks for the photo!”

  2. You have a great eye, this picture is just not your average pet dog pic. Of course the light is really amazing, but your work on her eyes makes it very compelling. You really captured her spirit 100 percent!

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