It’s been so hard to coordinate Nate and I’s schedules this summer. He’s been so insanely crazy busy with work and when we do have time together either the lighting is off, the weather isn’t what I need or he’s too burnt out on everything that I don’t have the heart to ask him to help me with this project.
I also have been feeling like I need to switch things up a bit just because my crazy wedding season is ramping up and I feel like I needed a change when it comes to this project at least for the moment.
So the other day I was playing around taking dog photos in the yard when I got the one below, where Luna’s body framed Ghost chewing on a stick. I like how Luna’s body frames the shot. I like how Ghost is actually doing something in the photo. I also like how you can see the rain in the area behind Ghost. It sparked the idea to experiment more using the dogs legs to frame subjects in the photos and to try some things experimenting with middle, foreground and backgrounds. All but the first photo are composite images.
Louis is pretty much the most trained dog I have and he’s little so it was convenient to use him as the dog “framed” by the other dogs. I tried to use Jack’s legs as some for these photos but his hair is so long it hits the grass so I need to think about how to use him in other ways (besides as the main subject.)I like how the legs in the above photos kind of mirror the lines from the fence. I also like the repetition of the legs.
I don’t really know if this will fit into the whole scheme of my project or if it has a place yet. Obviously if I pursue it more I need to not just use Louis as the main focus and incorporate the other dogs and have them doing different actions and what not. I also think incorporating the human figure element a little bit might be interesting and tie it in better. I also think that if I pursue this further that playing around with some legs in focus and some not in focus could be interesting. I kind of did that in some of the shots but since I was coordinating all of this by myself it wasn’t as intentional as I would do so moving forward.
At the moment I think I’m just feeling a little creative fatigue and there are so many photos I wanted to do more in line with what I have been doing composite-wise especially with the pool but the timing never seems to work out. Either the weather is awful, we just groomed the dogs, we have a show coming up and don’t want to risk the coat damage from the pool chemicals, or Nate isn’t available to help with those when I am. I think I will have to make those top priority for the Fall semester before it gets too cold out.