Dog Photography

After looking at some inspiration of dog photography, I decided to take my own dog out to get some test shots in a variety of walk locations that could be implemented into the final product, to see if I needed to spend any time developing my photography skills in this area before starting the project next semester.

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In each one, I tried to capture both the dog as a subject alongside the space he was in, incorporating both the landscape and portrait styles. I experimented with using a 1.8/50 prime lens to give focus to the dogs face which proved to be useful in providing a sharp focus to the subject whilst keeping a look on what was within the background of the composition.

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Whilst editing the photographs, I found that a black and white filter proved to be very effecting in capturing emotion and sense of place, so I plan to use this technique throughout various sections within the website.

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Photo/Walk Experimentation

Before starting the project, and after looking at some landscape photography inspiration, I set about finding some suitable walks in my nearby area and experimented with some photography in each of the locations, to get an idea of the space and location for its suitability to be included within the website.

I wanted to try and capture the space from a dog owner in mind so that it shows the available space in each location and they type of walk it has to offer, whether that is a country trail or open fields.

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Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset (08/10/2016). Parking Available: Yes

Dog Policy: Allowed, however dogs must be kept on leads in busy areas.

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Hyde Park, London (15/10/2016). Parking Available: No

Dog Policy: Allowed, however, dogs must be kept out of signposted areas.

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Hengistbury Head, Dorset (22/10/2016). Parking Available: Yes

Dog Policy: Allowed, however beach restrictions during May – October.

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Boscombe Beach, Dorset (12/11/2016). Parking Available: Yes

Dog Policy: Allowed, however beach restrictions during May – October.

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Mote Park, Kent (19/11/2016). Parking Available: Yes

Dog Policy: Allowed.

Photography Skills Development

After deciding that I wanted to include some landscape photography within my project, I undertook some research in how to improve the photographs that I take. After some researching, I came across an article in Outdoor Photography Magazine by Ian Plant that focused on taking great landscape photos.

The first tip in the article was to find ‘dramatic scenery’, using guidebooks, maps and Google Earth to find the most suitable locations for the photography to take place. Once a location is chosen, the best way to find the specific shot to be taken is exploring the selected location for specific interesting subjects to be the focus, and then finding a unique perspective of what it is that has been selected. Using questions such as those listed below, to find out what elements of a landscape to use within the final composition.

  • ‘What is it about the scenery that I find inspiring or appealing?’
  • ‘What seems unique to me?’
  • ‘What can be found here that can’t be found anywhere else?’
  • ‘Which features of the landscape tell its stories best?’

The second tip that I took from the article, was that of capturing favourable colour and light within a photograph. Using specific times of the day, to take different compositions of a landscape can dramatically improve a final photograph.

After reading this article I went out to experiment with some local locations to try out some of the tips I had learnt.

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Taken at Hengistbury Head along the Dorset coast, my main focus was on the composition of the shot, making sure that I found a subject to be the main focus, allowing a viewers eye to be drawn into the rest of the photograph.

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Taken at Mote Park in Kent, my main focus was on the lighting of the shot. Just before sunset, I tried to capture the shadows from the trees behind to give a difference in light within the photograph.

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Wildlife Photography Inspiration

To get inspiration for taking photographs of dogs for my project, I decided to look at the works of Craig Jones and his wildlife photography collection.

As animals can be quite unpredictable in the manner of you don’t quite know what they will do next, so timing and getting in the right position and waiting for the perfect composition is key. In this selection of his photographs, you can tell a lot of patience and planning has gone into each one.

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Landscape Photography Inspiration

I chose to look at the works of Charlie Waite to provide inspiration for the type of photographs that I want to take to include within the project. The use of the clouds within this collection of his photographs provides a setting in which sets the tone and mood for the photograph.

Each one above focus’ on a key point, which allows a viewers eyes to be drawn into the scenery further in the photographs.

Also, the occasional use of animals going about their day-to-day within his work was something of great interest to me as I plan to use dogs within some of the photographs that I take.

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Isle of Wight Photography

Recently I went on a trip to the Isle of Wight for a short break after finishing my second year at university, and it was the perfect opportunity to dust off the Sony NEX 7 after it sitting to one side whilst I concentrated on the group project I have been working on the past few weeks.

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[The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary]

Whilst there I visited a number of animal rescue sanctuaries, such as The Donkey Sanctuary. This possibly was my favourite stop on the trip, being able to get up close to such amazing animals and the work that is being done by all the volunteers is great to see.

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[Shanklin Seafront]

Animals on this trip were not hard to come by, and whilst sat having lunch one day this seagull decided to come for company…or maybe he just wanted my food? Either way I couldn’t resit the opportunity to capture a classic seaside shot.

I have uploaded a few more from my trip onto my new Instagram @jadelaurphotography, so please do go and take a look. Also, remember to follow me on Twitter @jadelaurdesign for updates for future posts!

Mood Board Presentation and Group Allocation

Today, was the deadline for creating a moodboard with the individual initial idea’s that we had been preparing for the past couple of week’s. The main purpose for this task was so that we could be sorted into group’s depending not just our idea’s for the mobile application and the component that we wanted to work on, but also so that each one could show what role within the group we wanted to undertake for the project.

The idea that I had was to create an interactive map of the cathedral highlighting the different exhibits it has on show. The idea was first thought as a possible component for the mobile application of when I was handed a leaflet upon entering the cathedral which contained a map and some key points of ‘Things to See’. Not only would this have an environmental and economic impact, due to less paper based flyers having to be printed, it will also provide a platform so the exhibits can become a more interactive experience than they have been in the past making it more appealing to someone of a young age. As mentioned before, I would like it contain a variety of different media forms (video, photography, mini-game’s, text translations). Below is the moodboard that I presented:

Salisbury Initial Moodboard

The main focus of today was to be sorted into the group’s that we will be working with on this project. To anyone who was not at the ‘sorting’ session, this would seem a relatively easy process. However, with around 50 people in Level I of DMD this was not the case.

Taking into account we all had to look at everyone’s idea’s it was a slightly rushed and not very accurate process, but it started of by people nominating themselves to be the project manager and as I role that I had undertaken before on a few projects and had rather positive review’s on I stepped up to the challenge. 10 project manager’s later we had the starting point’s for each of the group’s. The next stage was for the remaining 40 or so remaining DMD’ers to allocate themselves to a project manager that had a similar project or idea to themselves. This was a rather daunting thought and all the project manager’s waited around and hoped that at least someone would like their idea/want to be in their group. Luckily this worked out okay and each group had between 3 and 6 members and with a little re-shuffling the groups were all sorted.

My group consists of:
Oli Evans (Lead Designer)                                                        Alex Robert (Designer)
Oli Evans' Mood BoardAlex Robert's Mood BoardAsh Spry's Mood Board

Mood Board Jake Watts

Ash Spry (Designer/Coder)

Jake Watts (Lead Coder)

The next stage of the project is to have the first group meeting to decide on two ideas that we want to pitch to RedBallon next week.