Hard to believe we're already at Week 23 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52, the year is just flying by! Our theme this week was "Downtown" where we were to explore our city downtown area. I'd been wanting to take Mr. Bojangles to Downtown Cincinnati for a while and finally had something to spur on a visit! I decided it would be better to head Downtown after work hours, so that there wouldn't be any traffic. I also had to make sure there wasn't a Cincinnati Reds game going on, because I didn't want to have any parking problems. Fortunately, the Reds were out of town and there weren't any other major events going on. So, we headed to Downtown Cincinnati and Smale Riverfront Park along the Ohio River. I've done a couple of pet sessions in Smale Park, because it makes a great backdrop with the Ohio River, John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Great American Ballpark, and the city buildings available for each direction you turn. Smale Park and the Banks development along the river are a work in progress and there is much construction going on both of buildings, features in the park, and of the city streets, so it can be a little dicey at times as to what you might find. Fortunately, we were able to park in the garage across from the park and only ran into a little construction.
Since it was after work hours, traffic wasn't heavy and there weren't as many people in the park as there might have been on the weekend. However, there were still plenty of people to watch, dogs to sniff, and grass to pee on to keep Mr. Bojangles significantly distracted throughout our shoot. Fortunately, he is an old hand at posing for me and listens most of the time. I don't need to use any special tricks to get him to pay attention, but for dogs that might need it, I have methods of getting them to look when they need to.
First up, a picture with the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, which spans the Ohio River from Downtown Cincinnati to Kentucky. The Suspension Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic in 1866. You will see many similarities between this bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, as John Roebling also designed that bridge, which was completed by his son after his death.
Next we have the architecture of Downtown Cincinnati. There is a fountain in the distance behind Mr. Bojangles that spouts up water from the ground, which you can run through. Mr. Bojangles and I did not want to get wet.
We then moved on to the Walnut Street grand stairway and fountain. The steps that lead up from the park have a waterfall fountain on either side. At night, there is a colored light show that goes on in the fountain. We did not stay late enough to see the light show, though.
Mr. Bojangles wasn't too sure at first about the loud water behind him.
Then he got a little more comfortable with it.
To see more of Downtown locations around the world, head over to Blue Amrich Pet Photography in Boston, MA, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.
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