"My gentle giant"
This is the Black and White Sunday blog hop, week 53 for NewfandHound! Special thanks to our hosts who started it all: My Life In Blog Years and Dachshund Nola! Please see one of their blogs for information on how to join and the rules for the Sunday blog hop!
I've been thinking a lot this past week on trying to get the most out of composition by enhancing a dog's natural body structure. If you've ever been to a dog show or watched one on TV you'll notice that handlers stack (Posing the dog's legs and body to create a pleasing picture) a dog in order to show off, or even hide, the dog's bone structure (confirmation) depending on the breed. The better the confirmation according to a breed's standard, the more likely they are able to the job they were bred to do.
For example Newfoundlands were bred for water work and draft work so their standard states the following features which I want to capture in my photos if possible:
"The head is massive, with a broad skull.... The neck is strong and well set on the shoulders and is long enough for proud head carriage.... The rear assembly is powerful, muscular, and heavily boned.... Shoulders are muscular and well laid back... The chest is full and deep with the brisket reaching at least down to the elbows..."
So take a look at your dog this week and pick out structural characteristics that are typical of your breed (even if it is a mix usually there's a dominant breed) and see if you can highlight that aspect in your photos.
Here are some tips to be looking for:
- If you are including legs in your photo make sure all four are visible and one isn't cut off or hidden by another.
- If your dog has a striking profile like a Greyhound, then capture that long neck and beautiful face.
- Does your dog have wrinkles or a coat pattern particular to that breed? Play on that aspect in your photos! Huskies often have two different colors of eyes, Labradoodles have that cute curly coat.
- How about those ears? Are the long like a Basset or perky like a German Shepard? Does one always flop down while the other is up?
- Does your dog have a particular gait that goes with that breed? Bulldogs roll and Min Pins have a hackney-like gait, so try and capture that particular movement of your breed.
What breed characteristics would you like to capture in your photos?