Step right up! Introducing The Ratty Trapeze artists! Our latest characters in the Carnival of Fur and Four Legs.
Behind the Scenes
When you answer the door to ladies holding rat travel cages announcing that “crazy rat ladies have arrived!”, you know things are about to get interesting. I had initially envisioned this image with cats but wanted to include as many different animals into the carnival so started brainstorming what animals would be fabulous trapeze artists. Well rats of course. Only problem being that I had never done rat photography before and didn’t really know where to start. Step in Wendy from The Australian Rat Fanciers Society. Fast forward with most excellent organisational skills from Wendy, 9 super cute rats and 3 lovely ladies and a rat smitten girl turned up on my doorstep.
FYI, rats are quick little buggers, with huge amounts of cheekiness. I swear every time I lowered my camera the rat did EXACTLY what I wanted them too! But with patience and some creative rat handling ideas by the ladies we got there in the end. And yes I can guarantee that no rats were harmed in the making of this image, but they may of got a touch fatter from all the treats.
So as you can imagine, rat don’t actually trapeze. True story unfortunately. The image was made up of 18 photos put together in photoshop, below a selection of the main images as they came out of camera. And due to my reluctance to flatten images in photoshop as I work it turned into a 11GB file. Lessoned learn’t as I almost broke my computer towards the end…
Below is the speed edit of our little rat photography project, you will notice a few little differences between the last part of the edit video and the final product, they were made at last minute just before the print on a smaller sanity saving file, too hard how to merge the two together here.
Oh and by the way. Just when I thought that things couldn’t get any cuter with these little creatures. It did. Because out came the hats. Rat. Size. HATS! So for your viewing pleasure.. here are some rats in hats.
So MASSIVE thanks to everyone who assisted in creating this image. The ladies at the Rat Fanicers Society, you rock! It wouldn’t of won the Gold Award at the AIPP Victorian Professional Photography awards without your help!
You can see other examples of my pet photography by clicking below!
Creative Pet Photography
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