We’re at Week Nine of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 where we are following lessons from the book “The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs” by David Duchemin.

 Our topic for this week is isolation. As Duchemin says “It’s as important, in making a compelling photograph, to exclude what we do not want within the frame of our images as it is to include what we want.” There are many methods of isolating your subject, but we had three ways we could use from optics (our lens choice) to motion (use panning and motion blur) or even changing our point of view. Last week, we used a wide angle lens for our images to give us a sense of being included in the wider picture. This week we are giving a more intimate look at our subject.

Once again, Mr. Bojangles and I headed to our favorite local park and even the same spot we did our images last week. For these images, I used a telephoto lens, which gives a more intimate feel than the wide-angle lens of last week. I used my choice of optics to give my subject (Mr. Bojangles, of course) more isolation from the rest of the scene.

The other factor at play was my off camera flash, which illuminated less of the scene in the first image to give Mr. Bojangles more isolation from the rest of the scene. The second image you can see that some of the shrubbery is lit up more giving Mr. Bojangles less isolation from the scenery.

Even though it wasn’t one of our isolation methods, I decided to use the lights to create a more isolating effect for my subject. This time we headed for the wooded area and our favorite posing log. I illuminated Mr. Bojangles from two different angles to isolate him from the dark woods. So, we can even use lighting to isolate our subject.

To see more isolation, head over to Edmonton Pet Photographer ~ Mutt Love Photography, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

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