Pet Photography - Theme Fantasy

February 09, 2018  •  7 Comments

Wow, it's already week 6 of the new year, 2018!  January flew by and we are well into February now.  This week's theme is "Fantasy" and this is definitely a new area for me.  I knew immediately that if I was going to try anything in this theme, it would require that I do some work in the world of compositing to bring several different images together.  So, I've given this my best shot being that I haven't done any 'fantasy' type photographs before...and here are the two images I came up with.

Please take a few minutes to comment and tell me what you like or don't like about these fantasy photographs as I delve into this new world.  It might help me create better images in the future!

My first image is a take on 'Prince Charming' a bit of fantasy for Abby and Jimbo.  I started with an image I created some time ago with the bridge and the trees with a golden touch and blur.  I scanned through the images I have of Abby and found one where she is facing away from me to put her looking over the bridge.  Then I found a photograph of Jimbo where he is standing nice and tall.  Here's the image.

The second image is a composite of three different images - 1) the broken bridge, 2) the airplane, and 3) Abby looking up.  After I brought the images together into a single image, I used On1 Effects to create the final image. 

Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Wow! you were ambitious completing two images. I love both. As far as critique, my only thought is that Jimbo is a little closer to the out of focus area
My favourite is Prince Charming. I’m like you and just dipping my feet in the water for this topic so can’t help with critique side of things. Fun though wasn’t it?!
Nicely done. I would, I think somebody already mentioned, add shadows on the bottom of the dog. That helps ground him to the bridge. Maybe some shadows on the ground for the plane. I would refer to the original image to see where the shadows were located. Other than that, I like them a lot. From all the blogs I've read so far, it seems Fantasy is out of many of our comfort zones. Glad to see I'm not the only one. Great job.
I love the concept of the first image because it has an emotional element to it. Maybe just try adding some shadows to the ground for each dog.
Excellent work! I find giving critique difficult.. you are on the right track with both images. I would add some shadows to the dogs, look at the light direction and create a blank layer- use a black brush at a very low opacity and paint shadow in. Well done!
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