This week's theme of my personal photography project, the 52 Weeks Pet Photography Challenge, definitely took me out of my comfort zone and off my usual "track" of session locations and I LOVED IT! Cityscape was the prompt and is defined by the visual appearance of a city or urban area; a city landscape. I recently did a session at a graffiti covered location in downtown Dallas but I didn't want to repeat that so started to research the best locations from which to photograph the Dallas skyline and headed out there early one morning this week with my favorite model Ginger.
After a few wrong turns I finally found the well-hidden Trammel Crow Park which is located under a bridge in the flood spillway of the Trinity River. Since I often photograph alone and Ginger is off leash, I wanted a safe area away from traffic. She's well trained, but you never know and it's not work the risk. This area had a few joggers and bicyclists and the occasional dog so it was perfect and offered a terrific view of our skyline. I would love to return at night and see the lights reflecting off the water, but I'll wait until I find someone to join me as it's a bit remote.
The sunrise at just after 7am was nuclear and the atmosphere quite hazy so it wasn't ideal conditions, but we made the 30-mintue drive and were committed to bringing back something in the camera. I thought a crisp black and white edit suited the harsh lighting conditions of the morning (check out Ginger's loooong shadow!).
We captured all the major buildings of the Dallas skyline including Reunion Tower (the round ball) and our new suspension bridge to the far right named after Margaret Hunt Hill.
After that field trip, I decided to check out a cityscape a little closer to home. My studio is located in an area of Carrollton, Texas called "old town". It has a traditional town square with a gazebo and is lined with quaint shops selling everything from antiques to candy and ice cream. It is practically walking distance from my studio yet I rarely photograph there. It's usually filled with cars and people but Ginger and I ventured out early on a Sunday morning to see what we could capture and again, I'M IN LOVE! We had the place all to ourselves and there were so many great visuals and terrific photo locations. I'll definitely be back to photograph more sessions here.
That was fun and I'm getting exactly what I wanted out of this project; challenging myself to try different things and sharing my journey each and every week not to mention being inspired by the other pet photographers that are participating in the project. So much talent! Head on over to see what Tim Evans Photography in Hattiesburg, Mississippi did with this week's theme and then continue clicking on the link at the bottom of each post to enjoy cityscapes from around the world.
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both natural light and studio photography providing child, engagement (couples), family and pet portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography in her studio located in old town Carrollton as well as out on location in Coppell and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.