So how do you photograph a half a foot tall Pug in a field of Poppies 2-3 feet tall?! With great difficulty is the answer! A large dog whose head could peer over the tall flowers would have been ideal, or a bouncy dog who naturally will jump over the top for an action shot would also have been great. Given that Boo is neither tall nor particularly jumpy (and let’s face it, she would have needed a trampoline to get over these beauties) I was posed a photographic problem when I spotted an unbelievably beautiful field of Poppies off the A27 near Brighton one evening recently.
In fact, I’ve never seen a sight like this, and clearly neither had lots of other motorists as when we were there at least two dozen others had stopped to pose for photos. All of them are 5-6 feet tall I muttered to myself. Now, how am I going to photograph Boo and also get across how utterly stunning this field of Poppies is?!
My friend and glamorous assistant Jenniffer was there to help. Poor Jen, she always gets roped in to my impromptu shoots when we are out and about. Luckily for me she is rather patient and eager to help, so we set about trying to capture Boo and the Poppies…
So first off I got Jen to crouch down and put Boo on her back. With much shuffling around we managed this, but I could still see Jen no matter what we did, plus I wasn’t happy with the composition.
So we tried lifting Boo in the air. No matter what we did it didn’t look right and Jen was still visible. Boo was enjoying the view.
So again we tried Boo on Jen’s back (poor Jen was getting a crook back at this point) but I still didn’t feel as though the composition was as ‘wow’ as what I could see with my eyes. Wasn’t satisfied…
So let’s put Boo on Jen’s head I thought! Hmm, no, this really didn’t work either. It just looked weird.
Oh come on, let’s just have a nice smiley portrait of the two of them! I was nearly giving up at this point. This I tried with the wide angle, and I managed to get loads of Poppies in, but Jen too. Poor Jen, no offence!
Still with the wide angle lens on, but I just could not get Jen out of shot. Where was a nice handy tall lump of wood when you need one?!
So shots of people are easier after all… why can’t Boo be 3 ft tall??
So I kind of gave up at this point and figured I may as well get some nice shots of Poppies as I was here.
and they really were beautiful…
But then, I found a little path, changed back to my 50mm lens and asked Boo to stay for a while and look beautiful while the clouds parted and the light fell directly on her face. Success! This showed Boo and the field. At last I was happy.
and another one for good measure a bit lower down. Boo is definitely easier to photograph in a field of Daisies, but I was very happy with my shots in the end. Luckily, I had a helpful assistant and a patient Pug, who in between ‘takes’ darted around with her tail out straight amongst all the long grass.