Dog, Shadows and The City

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/13 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/13
[click image for larger size]

I’ve been a little under the weather this week, body run down and the cold kicking in, setting up shop and making a cosy wee home for itself. I have a small disdain for winter. All this has meant I have had to take a small break from photography in aid to repair, fingers crossed it won’t take long.

I had been wandering around town in a photographic haze, mumbling a few songs to myself, mainly Pressure Drop by Toots and Maytals, it keeps a bounce in my step, when I found this scene. Edinburgh still has so much left for me to find. I set about exploring the area and after about ten minutes I found the composition I liked. I snapped a few shots with people walking through the scene and discovered that there was a wonderfully sweet spot of light where people appear out of the shadows just moments before they land square in the land of the light. I thought all I needed to complete the image was to have the right person wandering through in the right direction. That was until I saw the dog. I primed myself and waited as the owner plodded along, stopping to chat to a passerby, lit up a ciggy, I mean come-on! How much time does it take to wander through and complete my photo? As the dog’s nose broke into the light I snapped off a shot and caught what I knew was gonna be my favourite shot of the moment. I think the fact that the rest of the scene is stripped to a bare minimum helps to build a stronger image. I like negative space in my photos, gives me room to breathe.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

For editing I chose to increase the contrast of the image by tweaking the levels then doing a little dodging and burning. I then cropped the image to finish. simply really, job done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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