Looking Forward into a New Year!
Happy New Year! 2011 is here and hopefully full of many fun and exciting things. A new project that the I am committing to is “52 Weeks For Dogs.” What is this, you might ask? Flickr has many online galleries for photo sharing, but the catch here is that this project requires you to take a photo of your dog every week for the whole year totaling 52 photos! And of course, no cheating by pulling images from archives or multiple images per week!! Dorothée, Champi and I hope this will be a fun creative way to combine our artistic and dog walking skills… we know which one Champi is more interested in. This project will be a big challenge so we are starting the year off right and took our first shot today.
For the past couple of months, I have been able to watch the sunrise on my morning walks with Champi. It has been a major change of schedule for me, but it does have some benefits… (especially with the quality of light for photography.) Dorothee and I knew Champi would be ready to head out in the morning, so we bundled up for a cold and windy New Years Day walk. Naturally, Champi was already prepared. =)
When we arrived at the lake, we did not have a shot specifically in mind, I just knew that I wanted to get a start for the week. Whether or not we got a shot today, did not really matter to me, as we were feeling a little tired from celebrating the night before. We made our usual stroll along the shore of the lake and came across this big hunk of concrete. It seemed like an ok place to take photos as it created a barrier between us and the water, knowing full well that Champi would not mind perching up to survey the area. Not far from the shore is where a lot of birds feed so it kept Champi’s attention. I knew the sunlight was nice and warm coming from the left of the shot, so all I really needed was to get Champi to look in my general direction. I still have not found the best way to get her to pose, whether it is with treats or calling her name in an excited manner, but in this case, we were patient and let her take the time to look around and snapped when she looked my way. I feel that we are very lucky that Champi will naturally stand still as she looks around. The biggest challenge so far is getting her to look into the sun, as she naturally keeps it to her back. We might try the other side of the lake, or maybe sunset for another shot.
Well, this is the first of many, wish us some luck and patience…we are going to need it!
Come see weekly updates of Champi at flickr photostream jayaxe04.