Big dog vs little dog: Scale in Spokane dog photography

May 24, 2019
Corgi at the Riverfront clock tower

Oh, my little big dog. How she is being neglected this week!

You ever have one of those weeks where things just don’t go as planned?

It’s been another one of those.

Our blog circle challenge for this week is to show you a sense of scale. When we’re demonstrating scale in photographic composition, we’re showing you the size and scope of the landscape.

We put people in front of mountains and cliffs to show off their teenytinyness in comparison to Mother Nature’s giant magnificence.

Or, we put a big dog in front of an even bigger landmark.

We silhouette old houses or churches against the incredible Milky Way.

My plan to show you scale in Spokane dog photography was to steal away to Riverfront Park for a day with my big dog, Bella, and wrangle buddy Terry and little dog, Maverick, into joining us.

I had flashbacks to this image of Shep from eight years ago.

big white dog at red wagon in riverfront park

As a memory, this is a cherished moment in my 10 years with Shep. Eight years ago, we were living in Calgary, Canada then and visiting my husband-to-be in Spokane.

As an example of my work as a dog photographer, it sucks. (It’s OK; insert lots of LOLs here.)

It’s soft, shot with my crappy Sigma 28-70mm lens and the composition is, at best, weak. If I had my time back, I’d position Shep differently (he was such a good poser!), fix my settings and give you a much better sense of how big a dog he was and how cool of an attraction that Radio Flyer Wagon really is.

My intent for this week was to do exactly that but with Bella and Maverick. Alas, I’ve spent much of the last 10 days neglecting my Bella to visit Annie in Coeur d’Alene, preparing for and conducting client sessions, running a dog photography work shop for a local camera club, and getting the car up to the dealership for a little repair.

Life likes to get in the way of best-laid plans, am I right?

However, we were at the wagon on one of those very spring-like days in January. I just wish I’d had a little foresight.

Is Bella really a big dog?

I get comments all the time about what a big dog Bella is.

I guess in comparison to a lot of dogs she is. She’s smaller than Shep was, that’s for sure. Shorter but stockier. And she’s much smaller than Annie is. When Annie sits, her head is well above my hips. When Annie stands, for that matter, her head is well above my hips. She is one tall dog!

In any case, here’s the best I can do on a sense of scale with recent images.

It’s Bella and Maverick posing prettily next to each other on a hike at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls, Idaho.

(Yes, those are matching bandanas … from Buddy Bows.)

corgi and Maremma sheepdog on a rock

In keeping with the scale theme (and just for fun), I made this:

little vs big in spokane dog photography

In Maverick’s mind, of course, it’s more like this:

little vs big in spokane dog photography

All around the circle

I just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a little bit of quirky fun with the topic for the dog photography blog circle. Scale was the name of the game for this week’s worldwide circle.

Showing you scale in Spokane dog photography was particularly fun.

Now let’s see what the other dog photographers did. Let’s start with Susannah Maynard of Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay area and destinations nationwide. Read her post, then click the link at the bottom to get to the next one.

(Side note: Susannah coordinates our little blog circle and I figure one of these days she’s going to wag her finger at me for not really sticking to the topic.)

Travel through the circle and when you land back here, you’re home.

Right where you belong.

    2 Comments

  • Tracy Allard
    August 7, 2019
    Reply

    Angela, this is such a clever post, great job. I love the corgi images and the scales made me laugh out loud! Great job!

  • Elaine
    May 31, 2019
    Reply

    Oh my gosh, I love those blocks in the park, and the Corgi, and Bella. The scales are a riot!

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