I tend to leave a fair amount of "negative space" around the subject when I'm processing an image; space that is not filled with an element of interest. I feel like the subject needs room to move about and breathe. Too close a crop to the top of the head and it makes me feel like the ceiling or sky is falling and crowding them, and then I start feeling tension as described in last week's blog. Let's look at this little stunner, Lexi; she let me get right up close to her for this image. I was only inches away. I love the image, but I feel that she's a bit too centered, so I'm going to see if I can improve it with a different crop.
I like her placement better with the crop below. We've got those fabulous furry ears in the frame, but her long, elegant whiskers are a but stumpy now; I think we can do better.
I zoomed WAY IN in the crop below and filled the frame with that gorgeous face and those mesmerizing eyes; I love it!
I've got the Pet Photography 52 Week Challenge to thank for pushing my limits and making me consider my images in a different way. Photography is a journey and I'm always looking to improve my technical skills and spark my creative brain to better serve my clients.
Watch this blog for my take on the weekly prompt, but in the meanwhile, check out the other photographers taking part in the challenge and enjoy their take on "filling the frame" starting with Kirsten Eitreim of KME Photography in Minneapolis, MN and then continue clicking on the link at the bottom of each post for an around-the-world tour of stunning pet photography.
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 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.