Tip of the Day – Pattern composition

Tip of the Day – Pattern composition

Pattern can be a tricky element to incorporate into pet photography as often we’re working in natural environments, but it can be done if you always keep an eye out out for opportunities – you’ll find many more opportunities for patterns when shooting in urban environments.

Patterns can form part of the (or the entire) background – say a pattern of bricks on a wall – or repeated elements within the image such as a fence or railing or even a natural element like a row of trees. The pattern can be emphasised by staying unbroken – or the pattern can be interrupted – perhaps with a removed part of the pattern – or one item that doesn’t quite fit the pattern.

Multiple dogs themselves can even form a pattern in the image – how about a row of puppies? Or a row of puppies, with one sneaky kitten in there to break the pattern?

In this image of Sascha the Husky, the pattern is formed by the white railings of the jetty, repeating all the way along. To emphasise this, Sascha herself forms part of the pattern – the line of her back echoing the diagonal lines present in the railing. In a way, she compliments the pattern – but she also breaks it up.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 200mm, ISO 400, 1/800 sec, ƒ/3.5⠀

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