'First Date' a look behind the scenes at how I create my art

A recently made an image of a dog on a Vespa (Vespa metal ornament, my dog, a customers cat, a trip to Venice resulted in the background) that, on finishing wasn't that happy with the results....

That's no biggie, I often have an urge to create, it doesn't always work. On this occasion I was about to sit down to watch telly after making the above image and my son picked up my partners Vespa and sidecar ornament and said 'You should have used this' *lightbulb moment!* Why didn't I use that? Cue new image. I then had the idea of the bike travelling along at speed with one dog riding and one in the sidecar. Now to hunt amongst the images I have taken of my dogs for other shoots. What could I find? Wouldn't it be funny if one looked scared because the other was riding too fast?........


 

Bella my 1 year old Maltipoo puppy, photographed for a picture not yet completed....

Now I need a 'biker'. Hmmmm well my gorgeous Lhasa Apso Freya (our rescue dog) plays a mean boy when she's not having her tummy rubbed and cuddles, and I'd already photographed her for the poker game......

Now for the bike....

The scene they are riding in was a mix of scenes I have photographed with the specific purpose of using within composites. I am always shooting when I am put and about with the intention of using the components in pictures. The main image used in this picture was a shot of a road in Cumbria from my last visit to see my parents. I used a bit of 'puppet warp' in Photoshop to move the road to where I wanted it. 

Now it was just a case of adding 'smoke' which is a cloud selected in 'colour range' in photoshop and adding the sunset (yes you guessed it, it was one taken to use in a composite from my back garden). 

And here's the result.....