This week the theme for the 52 Week Project is cliché. Take any photography cliché and try to make it interesting. Railroad tracks, heart shaped hands, and the one I picked, selective color.
You know the black and white photos with one color painted in so that the one color in the photo really stands out. A lot of those photos are painted eyes or scarves. I love Boo Radley’s eyes and having them stand out is really nice but instead of taking out the color of everything else in photoshop or over saturating his eyes I thought it would be better to try to use a backdrop and some texture in a color that matched Boo’s fur so that his eye would naturally stand out. No fake paint here. I think it gives the photo more depth and interest.
The theme this week is props. When I first started taking photos of dogs I think I used a prop in every photo. Now I use them for Boo every once in a while but I rarely use them for other dogs. I started to really enjoying playing with the dogs and getting action shots with them so the props just weren’t a good fit anymore.
I still like to use them with Boo, he is just the kind of dog that doesn’t mind. As long as he’s getting a snack he will let me put him in just about any set and take a photo. I do mean “a” photo because as soon as the flash triggers or the camera clicks he expects his treat. If you attempt a second photo without paying him he will either jump towards you for the snack or leave the set. So the formula is shoot, snack, shoot, snack, shoot, snack. Yep, he’s a diva. But he is a cute diva.