A Dog’s Life (Ordinary Day) - Poitiers, France – Ben JT
This photo made me laugh because it is sometimes how I feel as a dog owner. It makes you wonder who is in charge. The dog’s glare is perfect looking down his nose over his glasses. Well captured. To see who runs our little household you can check out Maverick HERE. Please read below to see how Ben Captured this image and then to see more of Ben’s creativity,
check out his amazing portfolio here on 500px : http://500px.com/benJT and then Like him on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/benJT.photographies By the way, we love the name Falkor for the dog!
I am a member of Strobi.fr, a Strobist collective (www.strobi.fr, English version available soon). The November theme for our monthly challenge was “A dog’s life”. I had a vision of a dog reading the paper, which naturally led to a human bringing him his slippers. To focus on the story, I designed a basic set consisting of a leather couch and a few accessories. I had never used animals as models, but Falkor is a docile and gentle dog, which helped a lot during the shoot!
I placed glasses on his nose, and directed his gaze using a biscuit – so that he would have the correct posture – while an assistant was holding the newspaper. This pose required a few shots. The human model was shot separately and added to the first image.
Lighting was achieved through one softbox above the dog, one naked flash towards the dog, another flash towards the human to add detail, and a flash with orange gel to warm the image. You will find more details in the ligthting schematic at http://www.strobi.fr/theme-15-vie-de-chien/ (tab “Le schéma lumières”)
Date taken: Nov 03, 2012
Location: Poitiers, France
Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: Canon 18-55 EFS
Shutter speed: 1/160
Focal length: 27mm
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