Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project
Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!
This weeks theme is "Fantasy"
What I love about this blog circle is that every week I am challenged to do things that push me to learn new technical and creative approaches to photography. This week's theme of fantasy gave me much pause and just a little anxiety if I am to be honest. This weeks theme was definitely going to take me out of my comfort zone. But this is also a positive!
What first came to mind in seeing our theme was those magical images you see where story book pages are coming to life right before your eyes. These are composites typically using stock images & I expect involves a solid understanding of Photoshop. Side note: We were not limited to PS, but were also encouraged to consider the use of props, or creative story telling - to just let loose and have some fun! I'm definitely a novice at photoshop. I know just enough to do leash removal and make the eyes pop. I was so enamored with the idea of learning how to do a storybook composite I latched onto that & began to research the "how to" online. I first followed step by step instructions on how to make your subject look as if it is walking out of the picture. Exhibit 1, "Sadie" a Rottweiler mix I photographed back in 2016 at the shelter.
Don't get your magnifying glass out as the selection was too labour intensive to get it perfect.
While I considered this a success, I didn't exactly "let loose"! I still wanted to do something more in line with a mystical, magical fantasy image & kept searching for the how to. Sadly, the storybook image still eludes me for now as I was unable to find a free image to use as my base ......but I did find a tutorial complete with free download of an iPhone image and went to work using one of my images. Not exactly the medieval times image I was envisioning but you have to start somewhere!
Exhibit 2 "Jackson". Jackson is my sisters second of three rescue dogs who I photographed last summer when visiting family back home in Canada. Jackson has one blue eye and one brown.
Again, don't look too close! If you know of any free storybook images let me know as would still like to give it a go! I can't wait to see what everyone else has done this week. Let's start by visiting with Elaine Mueller Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography
Until next week,