It’s been a while since I photographed my pets, who used to be my favourite subject (until they learned to run away from my camera, that is). I decided to focus on them this week, particularly on Charlie, a couple-month old guinea pig who is the newest addition to our family.
Rapt – This is Romulus, my little beagle. I used his beloved squeaky tennis ball to capture his attention, and then fired my (bounced) flash from camera right.
Complacent – As Charlie has an unfortunate dislike for open spaces, I thought I’d start by having my mom hold him. I bounced the flash from camera left, and slightly to the back, in order to catch the light in his whiskers.
Want – my initial intention with this image was to create an almost comically wide angle shot, with Tinkerbell’s nose as the main focus. I turned my lens to 18mm, and added a +2 and a +4 macro filter (hence the purple fringing, also known as chromatic aberration). My flash was bounced off the wall in front of the subject.
Scholarly – I wanted to create an antique-looking image of Charlie sitting on some old books, but ended up using a close square crop. My flash was bounced from camera left.
Tea-time – Charlie was quite happy to sit in a mug while I bounced my flash off the wall to camera right.
Strength – This is Romulus again, this time sprinting after his tennis ball. I fired my flash towards his face, and set my shutter speed to 1/50, to create some motion blur.
Enjoy the rest of your week!