Big dog vs little dog: A sense of scale in dog photography

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.

We put a big dog in front of an even bigger landmark.

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

old farmhouse under starry night

My plan for the week 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 dog at giant Radio Flyer Wagon in Spokane

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:

big dog and little dog on a balance scale

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

little dog and big dog on a balance scale

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.

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.

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