I finally got around to making some composites outside of my house/backyard (yay!) It was pretty much a full day ordeal traveling to the park with two dogs, hiking to spots, doing the photos, hiking back, going home, switching out the dogs and then repeating the whole process. I tried to make the most out of it by shooting three different composites during the process.
The first one I’m calling “Balancing Act.” I kind of like how that’s a play on work/weekend life and work hard – play hard since it’s sort of “family photo at the park.
I really like being able to incorporate all of is into some of the photos. I feel like the really plays off the idea of this new type of family. I also really like how everyone in this scene is doing something. It feels more authentic to me when the dogs are moving and interacting with the environment more than just standing in place. I also like how I have action in the background and middleground of the image. I might play around with moving Jack closer to the corner and making him larger so he’s more in the foreground to create even more depth in it. I also think that will help the composition a little bit. I like how the Siberians are walking on the tree but doing different things. Ghost is definitely being Ghost!
The second one I’m calling “The New Lead Dog.” I like how that’s a reference to Siberian Huskies and dog sledding. I also like how it’s ironic since the Australian Shepherd is acting out the place of the “lead dog.”
For this piece I really like how there’s a definite foreground with Jack. I also like how the trees form a focal point around Nate since the leaves break off behind him and he’s framed there. I like how Louis is looking towards Jack.
The third one I’m calling “A Cool Drink of Water.”
I like the use of background, middle ground, and foreground in this image. I like the way the figures/dogs sort of mirror the curving stream and how the focal point becomes Ghost and the title of the image then makes sense as he’s drinking out of the stream.
I really like working with square compositions and working in the park it just made sense with them all being like that.
It was really nice to get out of my normal environment and do these shoots. I think moving forward more images of the whole “family” really appeal to me and then like we’ve talked about before incorporating holiday type images into the series will make a lot of sense and coincide with the direction I want to move in.