Shooting “from the hip” is a technique pet photographers will use to capture unique angles. It takes a little practice because you are literally holding your camera at about hip level and firing the shutter without looking through the view finder. What you end up with can be great, hilarious or just plain garbage. It all depends on where your camera ends up focusing. And, because you are doing this “blind”, you do not really know what you have captured until you look at the screen on the back of your camera.
To begin with I tried photographing Lady Jane while she was sitting still. These were literally my first two images, which was pretty awesome. But, she was sitting still, so that made it easier.
The next task was to do this while she was in motion. This makes it incredibly more difficult to do. My favourite image is the one below. It gives a sense of motion, which makes sense because, well…she was moving.
In all, I was pretty pleased with the results. I found that the images are very different with a large dog (I have done that before) because you can tend to get “under” their chin. Seeing as Lady Jane stands about 12 inches tall, I would have had to literally drag my camera along the ground in order to get that perspective.
So, let’s see what everyone else in the blog circle came up with this week! To begin with, please check out the super talented Natalia & Bill from Photolab and see what fun shots they captured for the theme! And then continue all the way around until you end up back here. We’ll see you next week!
Awww these are great, Karen! It’s definitely different shooting from the hip with a cat versus a dog. You did a great job this week.
A unique look at a challenging project.
NICELY done! I have a smaller dog that I used as my model, and a similar thought (large pet/small pet) ran through my head too during my shoot. I love your chosen images!
Karen I am impressed. Looks like you have mastered this technique!
Great work Karen, I love Lady Jane’s walking shot, captured perfectly.
These are very nice pictures – I’m impressed that they came from your first attempts! My first attempts had a lot of floor and not much fur LOL
Beautiful shots and color! Lady Jane is gorgeous!
Thanks all! Being the only feline in the blog circle this week, Lady Jane is pretty happy with herself!