2018 Photography Challenge: April

Week 14: Diptych or Triptych: This week was initially hard, because I had no idea what a diptych was, then after researching what it was I had to figure out what subject and/or story I was going to depict in my two photographs. I chose to photograph my brother and his dog and show the relationship between the two. This part was surprisingly easy, as Lacey (my brother’s dog) has a habit (no thanks to Ben’s training) of jumping up on chairs and sitting on them. That’s how I got the idea in the first place, and from there all it took was a photograph of my brother. These two are seriously best mates, and he always takes the time to train her and spend time with her outside of work, and to capture the friendship between the two is really special.

Week 15: Rule of Space: This week, I decided to use my cat (again) as a subject, as you’ll see in the next few weeks as well, as she always seems to follow me. One morning this week, I carried my camera wherever I could to photograph her as she followed me, and got a few shots of her with plenty of space around her to frame her. This is what this weeks assignment is about; to leave space around the subject in the photograph. I know this one has Cleo half hidden behind a pole on our veranda, though I think it adds to the photograph in it’s own way.

Week 16: Portrait Lighting: Again my subject is my cat (sorry). I went outside one day this week to do a yoga session, and of course she found her way out to me again. In the back yard are two big jacaranda trees that create some nice shade, which is why I like to do my yoga sessions out there. When she appeared on this day, halfway through some pose I had a stroke of genius (I think), and ran back inside to get my camera and back out again before she could follow me there too. I then, like any cat owner and to Cleos total disgruntlement, put her in the tree, and started to photograph her before she climbed back down. The point of this and to get back to this weeks assessment was because I love natural lighting, and I love shooting portraits in natural light. The added dappled sunlight coming through the tree leaves is the icing on the cake.

Week 17: Humour: Um, what? How do I shoot humour, without actually photographing someone laughing? I really struggled with this, and by the end of the week I was running out of options and yeah, I photographed my cat again. One thing I tried to do was, again at her disgruntlement, get her and Lacey have a face off but they just avoid each other in an unspoken cat-dog agreement. So, it came back to the same situation as last week. Once again I was being stalked by my own cat and decided to photograph her from far away and on her level. Does this look humorous at all to you? I don’t know, I really tried.

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