Sunday, July 22, 2012

A View From Behind

A View from Behind

Dog Blog Post #757

Photography Assignment

  • Our Daily Challenge - July 22, 2012 - "Sitting Down"
  • Daily Dog Challenge "Fill the Frame" - Take a photo of your dog today that fills the frame of the camera."

A View from Behind

The Plan

Sitting down and filling the frame. That doesn't seem too bad until you consider that the boys have a certain amount of... equipment... that might appear a bit too prominently in a fill-the-frame sitting shot for a G-rated blog.

So I decided it was safest to go with a view from behind.

The Problems

1. Just as hot today as it was yesterday.

2. Biggest problem was getting them centered, together, with their backs to the camera. They are very aware of the camera, and getting them to voluntarily turn their backs to it is always a challenge.

A View from Behind

The Solution

1. I tackled the heat in a few ways:

  • I opted to take the shots as early in the day as I could, before the house heated up.
  • I moved to the Dining Room, which has more natural light so I could punt on the umbrella lights.
  • There's enough room in Dining Room for Henry's fan to blow across panting tongues.
  • By not showing their faces, it didn't matter if they were panting!

2. I set up the real photography backdrop frame, had the top bar at about 4' high, draped the stretchy black fabric over the bar, then stood behind it. This way, I could just call the dogs over, they would sit and stare lovingly up at me my ramekin of treats, and snap the picture with the remote when their rumps look relatively aligned to the camera.

In the end, this turned out to be an easy, low stress shoot.

Call, click, toss the treats
Call, click, toss the treats...

Perfect for a hot day.

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Handsome Henry

Monday Mischief

From yesterday's Big Spill shoot...

Really Guys?

Editor's Note: Yup, still working on BZ Dogs Journal.

Added a Putting It All Together page that lists the things I consider when making a "staged" story shot (like yesterday's Big Spill shots.

I keep meaning to make a checklist for myself, with some helpful notes so I know I've thought through everything before I get started.

Never enough time...

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Colby said...

One straight coat and one curly. I think Apache (my Golden Retriever) was somewhere in between.

Sankissjuice said...

They are soooo handsome. i have some photos of piggies with their backs facing the camera just like these. Maybe I'll post them sooooon. Hehe. Lazy mummy.

houndstooth said...

In that second shot, they look like two halves of a furry, upside down heart! You had a much better idea for the assignment than I did.

And that last hat shot from yesterday is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Hey Henry, Hey Zachary, Jet here.

Oh you got Mom with this one... she loves pics showing us from behind... we posted one last week, too...never as talented as your Mom, however, same idea.

Mom asked me to share... from the face, I know who's who, from the back I need some help!

Spill shot is beyond adorable... calendar worthy for sure!