I do have ongoing ideas in my brain for different types of photos. For this week, our text wanted us to come to terms with some of our photographs, as in: don't think everything you do needs to be perfect...use a sketching process to get you where you need to be.
I decided to follow up on using some off camera flash, dusk, and my horse Roo for this week's "learn to sketch" theme. I have wanted to spend some time trying to get a photo of Roo at dusk, as the horses are turned out for the evening. I admit, there was not a specific plan of action, but a more general "gee I hope Roo cooperates" attack plan.
So as not to totally freak Roo out, who has not seen my speed light stands or reflectors, I chose to have a trusty assistant hand hold my speed light off camera. I waited until the sun was nearly to the horizon--a time when, due to the heavy tree cover, it gets pretty dim in his field.
Here's my first attempt.
Roo did stand very still for me after the initial mud roll, I'll give him that much. I took some more photos of him standing just like this, but I felt the tone of this one was close to what I needed to say. I honestly was going to just walk away, but lingered a little longer and Roo moved his body to a different position.
The sketch pad in my brain clicked with this image.
I used the sketching method several times this week-- once with our cat, Barney, and once with our horse Parker, but really wanted to share these images of Roo, because I think that by the time I did his photos, the sketch pad idea was starting to hit home.
To see how others have approached this week of sketching, start here with Kim Hollis of See Spot Run Photography, Charlotte, North Carolina, then work your way through a shorter blog circle this week until you find yourself back here again!