I’ve been putting off doing shoots outside because it’s hard enough getting the dogs to do what I want them to inside the house where there’s 90890809 less distractions and way less room to wander off and not pay attention to me.
Surprisingly working outside today went way better than I anticipated and I’m excited to try some more of my ideas in the future; now that I know it’s not going to be as much of as pain as I thought it would be. The only dog we had to have on a leash was Ghost (the youngest, yet largest Siberian Husky.) Since we show the Siberians in dog shows, we can’t get the Siberians spayed/neutered because you are technically showing them to evaluate breeding stock and how closely they match to the what the “ideal” Siberian husky would be in terms of movement, structure, temperament, etc. So with that being said, Ghost isn’t neutered and basically is a hormonal teenager who likes to pee on any and everything (it’s so annoying!)
For this shoot then I wanted to have him peeing on something. We have this fence post in our yard near the tree where we hang a hammock when the weather is nice. I’m pretty sure Ghost thinks we installed the post to be his own personal pee post. It’s hard to tell in this photo but if I print this one out it will be large scale so it would be more noticeable that he’s peeing on the post.
I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted the other dogs to be doing. I knew I wanted Nate to be scooping the yard with the “pooper scooper” (one of the biggest joys of dog ownership, let me tell you.)
I actually messed up Nate and had him more in the frame but didn’t think I would need anything but the lower half of his body for the shot. When I made the composite of the background it ended up working out way better than I thought it would and included the sky, and trees tops so then I was left with a torso-less/headless Nate to work with. If you actually pay attention to the lighting/cast shadows you will notice that his shadow isn’t correct and goes the wrong way in comparison to the dogs shadows. I ended up having to horizontally flip his image in order to be able to crop it where you could see his shadow and the rake for the “pooper scooper.” I really like how you can tell a person is in the frame via the shadow which is pretty apparently a human figure. I also like how it crops off in the corner. If you haven’t been following my blogs, one of my goals for this semester was to play around with incorporating the human figure or parts of the figure in ways that let the viewer know a human form is present but that form doesn’t take on too much of a role that it takes away from the dogs. Normally I hate shooting in bright, direct sunlight but I think I’m more motivated to do so more because I can use the shadows to try different ways of getting the human presence without actually having a person in the frame.