I have been looking for an excuse to photograph a dog over at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. This week's theme, "angles", is a natural for this venue. The 4.3 acre Water Gardens was built in 1974 by New York architect Philip Johnson. The park features 3 pools of water: the aerating pool, the quiet pool and the active pool, where water tumbles down a series of angled terraces. This oasis in south downtown is an attraction for locals as well as out of town visitors. It is a must see if you are in the area. Check out http://www.discovering-dallas-fort-worth.com/fort-worth-water-gardens.html
For me, it was the appeal of all those angles in the active pool. What a treat for an urban scene. While there this week, a maintenance crew was working on the collection basins, which allowed us to crawl all over the walls of the active pool. It was kind of a good news, bad news, type of thing. We missed the water display, yet, it allowed us to take the dog down into the pit to maximize the angles for this week's theme! I still managed to soak my jeans and shirt in some standing water while getting into the right spot to get the sight lines I wanted! After all, it's not just about the angles of the venue, but the perspective angles of the camera, that makes a shot (therefore, sacrificing the dryness of the attire 😊).
You will see some wider shots to get the angles of this unique venue, and some closer shots at various "angles" of view, as well as some with a little of both perspective and angles of the architecture. I'll get back there some day to get shots with the running water, but I was quite happy with the results. I loved the play of sun and shadows on all the geometrics in the space, so I consciously decided not to use the reflector I brought that would take some of them out.
My model this week is a 10 year old Border Collie named Neo who was not at all happy with the sound of Bus brakes in the city! His owner and trainer, Lindsey Hinds (Star Dog Entertainment), had to work hard to keep him focused! Just goes to show even an experienced dog can cause challenges during a shoot.
Our next interpretation of the topic this week is by Boston dog photographer, Blue Amrich. This is a circle and we always have members of the Beautiful Beasties Pet Photography Network participating. Please scroll down to the bottom of each blog and click on the link, to visit the next photographer in the ring!