Welcome to Week 6 of the Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project. This week’s theme is “Composite”.
Luna’s first encounter with her cousin cat Velvet
Now I have to admit that I was really uncomfortable about this theme as it is not really a thing for me. I tend to remove more than add in PhotoShop, such as leashes and distracting elements, and even people handling the dog during a session. As for compositing, it is a skill I would like to learn, and this week has made me think I really need to start learning it and not just thinking about it. For this week I’ve used a very simple composite I created last year and it was actually one of the images I used in my AIPP accreditation portfolio.
A little background. Last June, I was commissioned to photograph a celebrity’s cat for the cover of a cat magazine called “Pussweek”. So I borrowed some lighting equipment from a photographer friend, grabbed Luna and took her over to my cousin’s (Justine of @QueenJustineVintage) vintage shop to practice shooting with lighting in preparation for the paparazzi shoot! Juz was out for the day so we had the whole shop to ourselves, and Juz’s cat Velvet (who is an Instagram personality @velvet_of_redfern) kept us company.
Velvet couldn’t help but tease Luna by coming in and out of the set… Luna was a little freaked out as she has never been around a cat before. I was actually quite proud of her for not chasing, and she was more timid and respectful, as I think she realised she was in Velvet’s domain.
So here we go…
Oh, and as for the magazine shoot, it turned out that the celebrity was Sam Mac, weatherman for Sunrise on Channel 7 in Sydney and his cat Miss Coco was the cover star! Here is the resulting image:
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Great combination for an image with impact!
Awesome Jo. I’m in the same boat, wanting to learn more about compositing, but not having done much. Great job with Velvet and Luna.
Velvet and Luna have me smiling. Luna’s expressions are priceless, she looks like such a sweet gal.
Clever image, great work and congratulations on your cover!