The theme for the blog this week is color. I do love some bright colors in my photography. It’s funny because some of my very favorite photographers work in black and white or with subtle and faded color so I’m not sure why I love color so much when I take photos but I do. Maybe it has something to do with the happy feelings I have when I take photos. It could also be our location. We aren’t called Colorful Colorado for nothing.
Boo Radley’s butterfly headband was made by my husband. I came home with a spring banner I bought in the party section of Target for $5 and cut the strings off the butterflies and my husband hot glued them to a headband for me. I removed the wires in Photoshop to make them look like they were floating above his head.
I admit it, I love this photo of Boo Radley.
All three of these photos we taken with natural light and a reflector.
The theme for the 52 Week Project this week is then and now. We could show our progress as photographers, show how our pets have grown, or show before and after edits. I thought it would be great to show a before and after edit.
I was in St Louis for part of this week and I had a session with an awesome disk dog named Sky while I was there. Coincidentally, I had to replace the sky in the photo, it’s not something I normally need to do since we live in Denver and enjoy our nice blue sky most of the year. But, I was in St. Louis and it had been raining right before the session and the sky was hazy and overblown so I had to replace it. I also lightened up the shadows a little, it helped bring out the color in his eyes. Now that I’m looking at it I’m probably going to replace the dead spots in the grass as well.
This is a before and after edit for a pup named Zero. We had our session in Denver so the sky is super blue but I did need to lighten the shadows a tiny bit, remove the leash and the little rock, remove the telephone pole on the right and straighten out the image a bit.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after, I thought it was important to show some of the edits because some people worry they can’t have their dogs photos taken if they can’t be off leash. I always tell them I’d rather that their dog be safe and spend more time editing than risk the safety of their dog to save me some time.
Under is the theme for the project this week. We could pick under exposed, or under something, I could have gone with under the studio lights but I think we’re going with under pressure.
Reggie is a shy dog, it takes a while for him to relax around new people. The first time I photographed him at Chautauqua Park in Boulder it took about 45 minutes before he would even get within a few feet of me. But, I took my time and it was so worth it, he romped around the park showing off for me and we got some awesome smiles from him.
This week Reggie came to my studio in Denver, I haven’t seen him since the session at the park last year so he had to get used to me again. This time it was just a few minutes but he had all new problems, the studio lights, the background paper, he was super nervous. I had Reggie’s mom sit next to him on the paper and I fed him a few snacks and tried to get him to relax. Then I started triggering the flash and gave him more snacks. With each new addition he’d get a little stressed and yawn or walk away and shake but they he would come back and we’d try again.
You can see by the first picture he’s a little stressed. Yawning can be a stress signal for dogs, Boo does it right in my face when we are in the car, he actually opens his mouth towards my face like a lion and yawns.
Anyhow, Reggie finally relaxed enough to look at the camera and give us a smile. It’s all about patience. You can’t hurry trust and besides, that awesome smile is worth the wait.
Have a great week.
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