52 weeks of Alfie!

Wow I'm horrible at keeping up on my blog.  Writing is not my strong suit so I'm sure thats why I don't do as much with it as I should.

This year it is Alfie's turn to be the subject of my 52 week project.  The 52 week project is pretty much as it sound, I do 1 photo every week of Alfie for 52 weeks.  I'm part of a great group in Flickr called 52 weeks for dogs and there is some very inspiring photos in this group.  I thought I would take a moment to share some of my favorite Alfie photos from what I've done so far.

Week 2

Week 2

Here is Alfie's week 2 photo. And I must say I really love it.  It wasn't what I originally thought I wanted but in the end I really like it and it made it to Flickr Explore group which is pretty cool.  I can see this photo being used for a winter month for the Henry County Humane Society calendar in the future.  Since we didn't get much snow this year it was one of the few times I had a chance to shoot in it.  I like snow photos but sometimes I'm guilty of not doing enough of it because...well it's cold.  

Week 5

Week 5

Here's a little slice of life shot, I think the picture says it all and this is something that happens on a daily basis.  Alfie is just tall enough to get a look but just short enough that he can't get what his belly desires.  I like this because it's so honest and true to life.

Week 9

Week 9

Week 9 was what I call a slow pitch.  I know if I stand at the end of the stairs they will eventually come back to the edge to see what I'm doing, so I just have to be ready for the moment.  I like how Alfie looks all innocent an Miles is giving me some attitude.  

Week 11

Week 11

This really draws me in, Alfie looks so somber and the dark tones of the couch just really makes me like it.  It feels so in the moment and maybe it was but I would bet I had a little work to do to pull this off.

Week 12

Week 12

Week 12 were still being lazy.  This is kinda another easy shot for me because if I let everyone relax enough Alfie will end up on the bed and when he is sleepy then I can take all the photos of him I want.  Week 12 is also where I used a film camera (Mamyia 645 Pro TL) to capture almost the same image.  I used my Fuji camera to capture this one then copied the settings from that shot to take the next shot on film as I don't have a light meter.

Film shot on week 12

Film shot on week 12

I really like the look of medium format film.  This shot came out so much better than I thought it would mainly because I don't have a lot of experience with film.  This was by far the best shot off that roll of film and let me tell you the print version is far better than seeing it on a screen, but almost all photos are.

Week 16

Week 16

Umm Dad, I can't reach the peddles.  Here it's spring and I had just done the first mow of the year.  I had a different vision for this and I'm going to try it again but I still think this one came out pretty good but nothing too special just a way to represented the changing of seasons. 

Week 24

Week 24

The last one I will share is his week 24.  I did this with a 60's era Polaroid Land Camera.  I don't know what it is about instant film but I like it.  It's not the best choice when working with dogs because they move so much and I have wasted plenty of film trying.  Since Alfie seemed pretty still when I decided to grab a photo I thought I would give the old Land Camera a shot, and hey it worked.

I think I will stop there and save some more of the photos for a future blog.  I've done 52 week projects with Miles and Pete so this time I decided to use Alfie.  I like the 1 on 1 time it gives me with him and sometimes he even gets to go on a special trip for a photo shoot.  Next year it will be Scouts turn which will be good because she can be difficult to photograph and I haven't done enough photos of her.

 

Keep in mind fall is here!  If you are looking to get a photoshoot during the fall now is the time to book because winter will be here in the blink of an eye.  Only 6 more weekends before November hits us then it's all down hill.

~John

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