Pet Photography Project 52, Week 6: Fantasy

As I write this post, it’s snowing and freezing rain–yes, at the same time. This winter is for the birds, as the saying goes…and the Hunter. He’s about the only one in our house enjoying it. With that in mind, I thought it fitting to combine them both into my image for week 6 of the Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project blog circle. Our theme this week is fantasy.

My initial idea was to photograph Hunter in the woods of our backyard and transform the scene into a haunting, fog-filled black and white image in which he looked more like an actual wolf and less like our “Woof,” one of his many nicknames, but that wasn’t quite coming together. I wasn’t feeling any of the photos I took of him. In fact, I almost deleted the very shot that turned out to be exactly what I needed for what would come to fruition shortly thereafter, but when I saw his focus locked on who-knows-what in the distance, I thought how neat it would be to have something flying or landing on his nose. Butterflies and falling leaves were out because–well, winter–but then I remembered a photo I had taken several years ago of a trio of birds flying around one of our bird feeders. One of them included this beautiful gray bird, positioned perfectly for what I wanted to create.

Siberian retriever looking at flying bird in winter woods

A quick composite and my winter fantasy was born. Despite the muted tones of the bird against the drab winter woods, (oh, how I wish I could have used a cardinal!), I love how this came together. I also tried a different crop of this image to really draw the focus to their connection (and hopefully make that darn bird show up better), which I’ll share on my Instagram today, so be sure to follow me if you’re not already @barkngoldphotography.


The Pet Photography Project 52 posts are part of a blog circle. To see what the next pawesome pet photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Fantasy,” visit Kelly Garin Photography, Columbia, SC. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.

23 thoughts on “Pet Photography Project 52, Week 6: Fantasy

    1. I’m glad you say so; I was debating if it blended into the woods too much, but the more I look at it, I think it fits naturally.

    1. Thanks, Darlene! Your work was particularly beautiful for this week.

      Hunter’s collar is one of his seasonal ones that I picked him up at a local craft show.

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