|Captain, an 8-month-old Coon Hound mix, retrieves his UFO frisbee during the Pooch Plunge at Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center in Columbia on Tuesday evening, September 6, 2011.|
|An injured leg didn't keep Aussie, an Australian Terrier, and his owner from enjoying the Pooch Plunge at Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center in Columbia on Tuesday evening, September 6, 2011.|
Without a doubt, this was a fun event. I had a good time. Dogs had a good time, Owners had a good time. It was fun. It was also short. The event really only lasted about 1.5 hours from beginning to end and while I had tried to expand my shooting window by finding someone who was bringing their dog to the plunge, I didn't so I had about 2 hours total of shooting. This compressed time weighed on my shooting in that I really could not give myself much time to step back and think through what story I was shooting, what shots I needed, and where I was weak. I ended up with a decent story, but it not because of thought and planning.
Then again, the second story I shot for this was basically a tracker festival where I did have time to think through things, and I would say I over-thought it and ended up with a worse story. But back to this one - I think my two weakest parts are details and overviews. I shot a few overviews, but really should have worked it a bit more. For the one that I included, I climbed the tall slide and shot up there, which was a good location, I just should have stuck with it to get a better moment. More dogs in the water, perhaps one jumping in, something. the only reason this image is in, is because it is an overview, and not because it is a good image. Likewise my detail - there were tones of details there, I just didn't shoot many. Shame.
I found the editing process the hardest part. To tell the story, I actually had to give up one of my favorite images. My favorite image that remains, MoJo, is one of my alternates. But I do feel like the story works. I think it works better as 7 images than 5, but it works. I think what I learned most working through the story visually - until Rita pointed out the slide in the background of the 1st image leads nicely into the 2nd image of Jack in the tube, which I wasn't going to include at all in the beginning. Now I look at it and think its the best part and it does such a nice job of getting the dogs in the water. Thanks Rita. I need to learn to think/see like this.