Behind The Shot: Fletcher’s Seashore Journey


behind the shot

Sep 28, 2022

Behind The Shot: Fletcher's Beach Adventure

By Craig Turner-Bullock

Hey people, it is Craig right here! 👋

That is the primary Behind the Shot story, a brand new occasional collection (translation: when Charlotte or I’ve time or a great story to share!) of weblog posts. We love listening to what goes on behind the scenes of a picture, the way it was created and what challenges needed to be labored by. Or simply the enjoyable and shenanigans that went on on the shoot, so we thought you would possibly take pleasure in studying a few of our tales too.

So let’s get began, that is my shot of Charlotte’s massive man, Fletcher. Remaining edit is on the backside of the publish.

It is a shot I have been that means to share for ages! I took it this 12 months on my first journey out of New Zealand when the borders lastly opened up. I used to be gone just about as quickly as we have been allowed to go away!

The place did I am going? I headed over to Brisbane to spend per week planning Unleashed Schooling issues with Charlotte after all. Whereas I used to be there we did a number of shoots for enjoyable along with her ‘Furry Terrors’, Fletcher, Opal and Enzo the Australian Shepherds.

Fletcher is the great boy standing completely nonetheless for me on this shot, he received a particular solo journey to Port Cartwright with us.

RAW IMAGE: Canon EOS R5 | RF 28-70mm ƒ/2 L USM lens @ 28mm | 1/fifteenth second | ƒ/2 | ISO 800 | Lit with 2 iPhone torches!

I’ve accomplished a few long-exposure photographs with canine earlier than. I like the best way the water goes all gentle and whispy and I actually needed to attempt it with Charlotte’s canine, understanding how effectively educated they’re and impressed by one in every of my favorite photographs of her’s which she used Opal for.

Not content material with making an attempt to attain an already very troublesome shot, I needed to make it a Dogorama® too! This meant I needed to line all the things up very exactly on a tripod, watching the patterns and motion of the water so I may time the publicity enabling me to line up the swirls of water in a while when enhancing. It took fairly a while to get these pictures. Normally, once I make a Dogorama® I shoot the canine picture first, however on this case, I deliberate to go away left Fletcher till final as a result of I then knew I might received the pictures of the water I wanted.

The 7 Photographs I ended up utilizing to create the ultimate shot.

Within the meantime, there was a fairly epic sundown taking place and Charlotte actually needed to seize some Fletcher silhouettes, so I left the digicam and tripod the place they have been and headed over with Fletcher so Charlotte may seize a few of her personal pictures. By the point she was accomplished, the sunshine had received actually dim and we weren’t positive if I used to be going to have the ability to get the shot of Fletcher and full the picture.

Not eager to waste the work I might already accomplished for the panorama, I mentioned to Charlotte “fast, put your torch in your iPhone and get him in place”. With the assistance of each of our iPhone lighting Fletcher, we managed to get him in place for lengthy sufficient to take a picture that was sharp regardless of the very sluggish shutter pace (1/fifteenth of a second). What a aid and it was value the additional effort we made as a result of Charlotte’s pictures are fairly epic and I am more than happy with this one too.

What wasn’t so epic was strolling again by the bush monitor barefooted in the dead of night (with solely our iPhones lighting the best way once more), afraid of encountering a few of Australia’s 8-legged residents. Fortunately we survived and rewarded ourselves with a really good dinner on the best way residence.

The ultimate shot is made up of seven photographs, not the same old excessive quantity I often shoot for a Dogorama, however greater than sufficient to problem my enhancing abilities for a seamless merge.


The primary stage of sewing collectively the 7 photographs and mixing the water from every shot so it appears to be like clean.

Thanks Charlotte for serving to me make this shot occur, and additional particular because of the goodest boy of all, Fetchy-man for standing so completely nonetheless for me!

Under is the ultimate edit. In addition to the stitching and mixing, I tweaked the horizon line a fraction and made it larger, it was nearly touching the highest of Fletchers ear on the unique and I could not have them intersecting within the remaining picture!

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