Each week, a theme is provided to challenge a group of pet photographers to try something different. It is up to each photographer to interpret the theme and provide photographs showcasing it. Week 20 of the Pet Photography Project 52 challenge has a theme of "Low Angle".
When photographing dogs, it's recommended that you get down at their level. This does a few things, first it makes the dog more comfortable with you and your camera since you are not towering over them with this big ugly one eyed machine that makes clicking noises at them, but it also provides a view of your dog that you and most other's rarely ever see. Traditionally, when you encounter a dog, you are looking down at them from above. Think about when you meet a dog being walked out on the street, you walk up and usually look down at them. Most dogs are generally much smaller than we are, so that's how we usually see them.
Bringing yourself down to their eye level gives you a completely different perspective that offers you a view as other dogs might see them. You can see their full body from the front and their full face and neck. It's far more attractive that just seeing a face looking up at you.
Here are a few examples:
This is Minney, an 8lb chihuahua. How often are you not looking down at such a small dog? Getting down to eye level gives her a much bigger presence. Getting to eye level with this sized dog means lying on your belly in front of her.
Next is Bogey the Australian Shepherd. Isn't he handsome? In this case, with him on a rock, getting to eye level wasn't that difficult.
Getting below eye level takes things one step further. If you can get yourself in a position where you are looking up at them, well now you're talking. In this position, the dog looks larger than life and it adds a majestic quality to them.
Meet Chloe, isn't she stunning? Doesn't she deserve to be put on a pedestal?
Here's another below angle shot with Bogey, again as my model.
To take it one step further would be to take a photo of them from directly below (for example up through a glass table), that's on my list of something to try!
To see what other photographers did with this challenge, head on over to see Elaine Mueller Tweedy from I Got the Shot Photography (serving Northeastern PA) to see her example of the "Low Angle" challenge.
All of these fur babies are beautiful, but that one of Chloe and that sky--wow!
Gah! Those last two images are fantastic! Minney has the perfect name.
Love all these images
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