As we enter the last quarter of 2018, the beginning of October, our Pet Photography theme is "Isolation". My immediate thought for this word was a pet that was isolated from the others because of illness, temperament or something along these lines. However, none of those are good photography options (at least not what I pictured). So, I thought a little more and decided that I would go for a different take on the word "Isolation". First, I isolated Ollie from the rest of our dogs - much to the dismay of the other dogs, Ollie was thrilled to be going somewhere by herself! I didn't however tell her that she was going to work - model that is. I decided to try another viewpoint in photography after watching Kaylee Greer on her new show on Puparazzi on Nat Geo Wild channel.
We have a fallen pine tree in our neighborhood park - and even though Ollie's front legs are probably only about 7 or 8 inches in length, she can jump over this log. This time, I asked her to stop on top of it - she was a little confused but stayed. Food helps, but she is pretty good either way. I got down low with my super wide angle set to 10mm on my crop sensor camera and started taking photographs with the sky in the background. After some post processing, here's Ollie!
Later on the same day, we went back down to the park (by now the rest of the dogs are really wondering what's going on!). This time it was late afternoon and we took an LED light along to help light up Ollie against the sky. It was a little more challenging, we asked Ollie to stand, sit, whatever - but stay put on top of a log (stump). Ollie choose to 'puppy sit' on the log and look down at me as I lay on the ground below her. This time we also had snacks, so I was able to get her to look down.
Well, after working on these photographs of Ollie, I do like this look as another angle to photograph pets. Question is - will any of the rest of my dogs model for me? I haven't yet tried, but I would like to soon just in case they cut up my pine tree and I no longer have it as a prop for dog photographs.
For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Elaine Tweedy of I Got The Shot Photography, serving Northeastern PA and surrounding areas with fine pet portraits and then head around the rest of the blog circle.
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