I was thinking that our blog posts were due every 3 weeks like during the Spring semester and was on vacation the past week so I totally didn’t think I had a post due yesterday (even though it was on my calendar.) So since I never got around to discussing these composites I’ll do that now.
I still have two more to stitch together from the same day but still haven’t gotten to them. I’m not really excited about either of those so that’s probably why but maybe they will turn out better than I think they will.
I don’t really love how this one feels more like a panoramic photo. Also the fence got distorted and I tried stitching it multiple ways and this was the best it looked out of any of them. I think I need to work more on getting the people to interact with the dogs, maybe focus more on telling a story in the scenes. It’s definitely a different challenge working with so many elements and people. I also don’t love the composition. I would say this is probably more of an experiment working with more people and doing an activity in the shot. I was so proud of Ghost for doing exactly what I wanted in the shot though haha. He grabbed the cornhole bag and took off when he threw it to him and proceeded to do laps around the yard so I got tons of shots of him running with the cornhole bag through this scene set up.
The Dog Days of Summer
This piece was a Photoshop nightmare. I worked on this for such a long time placing all the people, dogs and the cup by Louis. It’s definitely interesting working with so many more items and they take so much longer.
I really enjoy playing with the different spaces and I definitely want to continue that. I love how Louis is looking into the glass. I want to work more on having genuine feeling interactions between the dogs/people. To me, right now it feels disjointed which at the moment I’m not loving. I think your suggestion to sketch things out will be really beneficial. Then I can see what interactions I need to work on and also focus more on what the composition is going to be. Part of the fun in it is that I’m never really sure if the dogs are going to cooperate or do what I want and sometimes they do things I don’t expect and that ends up working out in my favor so I still want to have the flexibility to switch things up if they do something really great and it will work in what I have in mind.
Moving forward, I plan on playing more with the fore, middle, and background and pushing that more. Now that’s it really hot out and our pool is open I want to do some shots involving that and hopefully I can get a good angle looking down on the scene because that’s what I have in mind and hopefully the dogs like the water. I’ve been thinking about getting a plastic kiddie pool as well to try some things with and I should definitely be able to get a good angle looking down if we get one of those.