Because I haven't always been a dog lover, I completely understand how images of my pup will not amuse other people like they do me. I found Oscar napping somewhere he shouldn't have been and thought it was rather hilarious the way he was able to camouflage himself on my wheat colored carpet.
I was so amused by my tricky mutt that I quickly took a shot with my camera phone. The moment totally makes me smile, however, not one person I've shown it to has enjoyed it. I have a long way to go with my pet photography.
I know from the reactions, that it brings two immediate thoughts to mind to any other viewer:
1) oh...I thought "it" was laying on hay (her carpet must be really dirty)
2) why is she showing me this picture? (sheesh, her dog looks filthy)
Photos don't have to amuse others, but they shouldn't need explanation either.
Sure I would prefer people to be in awe of my photos (and my adorable hairy baby) but I do love this shot.
Now that I've bored you with my carpet mutt, you can do better. Keep taking story-telling images but work on your composition and lighting so they don't take so much explanation. Only Oscar "gets" my shot :)
Composition tips are coming your way soon. Jim's family got a new puppy recently and I'm sure he'll incorporate some shots into a new Self Paced course we're working on.
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