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No matter what language we speak, laughter is universal. :)
don't forget the most important activity of the day! licking yourself!
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Who do you think you are? Only Ken can close a thread.
At a dog show yesterday, I took some photos of this sweet boy (he's the same boy I took a photo of with his front paws on a log last year):
He took "reserve" which is kind of coming in second in the Miss America beauty pageant - only get to first if the other one is disqualified (which, btw, didn't happen).
He's just so handsome, gorgeous shot Hopper :)
You know how to shoot dogs Hopper.
You can come over and shoot mine any time.
Doesn't really sound very good does it?
Anyway, very nice shots. Without reducing the size of the image, is there any more room to add just a paws-width more image area on the left and right edges of this shot. The dog is in motion and I think it 'traps' him too much to crop it so close left and right. I would add a smidgeon left and right, in more of a wide screen format to let the motion that the dog is engaged in 'breath' a little. I would not add to the height. If you needed to print this out on say a borderless 6x4 then I would put a black strip top and bottom to frame the picture right like you would see on a 4:3 TV screen that is showing a 9:6 widescreen format.
I may have my ratios wrong above, but you get what I mean.
Ken the Kritik
Ken! Would it be better if you had asked Hopper to "Come over and photograph mine anytime" rather than, well, you know.... how you did it? :)
My daughter is 18 and works as a portrait studio photographer. She uses a Canon EOS 20D at her job. One of the gifts I gave her for Christmas was a tee shirt that has a picture of the camera on it and it reads "I shoot people with a Canon!
I've been studying photography for a couple years now and sometimes I think doing so has taken some of the joy out of viewing other pictures for me. I notice sloping horizons, eyes not being the clearest part of a portrait, etc. Kind of like when I did magic shows. Once I learned how things were done, it's wasn't as much fun.
I think Ken's right about cropping with more room to the left. I've also heard that the subject should have more room to move into and move from.
That said, Hopper, it's a great photo of a beautiful animal. Not sure I could capture such a focused shot of a moving dog with long flowing hair like you did. Good work!
Wow, your Daughter works with a great camera. More power to her for moving into the photography field at such a young age. I'm wondering if many people want studio shots of themselves with their dogs. I would like one with mine.
A friend in the U.K. just wrote me to say they had lost their "Ravy" in December and could not even celebrate Christmas except to make sure the children had fun, which they tried but Ravy was so much a part of their lives that they feel they will never get over the loss.
Ravy is the working Cocker Spaniel on the left. Yes, they retrieve birds and are outstanding hunting dogs.
I am so sorry for them. It's very hard to lose one.
I've shown this before, but I was reminded of a friend's two working cockers - the one on the left has some Suffolk (Sussex?) spaniel in the mix, stockier, sturdier, bigger head. He's the younger, and cheerfully defers to everyone in the house, including the cats. Friendly, laid back, very obedient, but if the other one has a grumble at any of the family, he immediately places himself in between. On the other hand, if anyone is scolding his 'brother' he plays the fool enthusiastically, trying to distract their attention. They both guard with great determination, if any unknown dog, or any human they don't like the look of, comes near any of the family when out for a walk, especially the women. As soon as they hear traffic and know they are coming near a road, they present themselves for the leads without being told.
They get huge amounts of exercise, living on the edge of a wild-ish park area with pools for swimming and with four people who love taking them out. There's a big dog-walking community round there and they have lots of friends - Jack (the brown one) in particular has a little Yorkie friend who likes to clamp her teeth into his ear while he rushes around madly with her swinging off.
My friend had a couple of springers before, and both died in their teens - he was in bits, so I can certainly feel for your friend, Ken.
Ken, she took two years of photography in high school (graduated at 17) because she was interested in either that or theatre. I suggested the photo road would be best. She learned to shoot and develop her own photos in the darkroom. She's now doing two years in a community college for an associate degree in photography, and suing my Nikon D50 for her classes, though she wants a D80.
She's been working in the studio for about six months now and loves it. Some of her fellow workers get a little ticked when clients request her specifically, and Rebecca says she doesn't even know these people. I told her that that goes to show her that she's done great work for others and they've passed her name along. Not to worry, it's actually a GOOD thing!
Back on topic, at her work, which is a national chain in malls, they have special days where clients may bring in their pets for a shoot. These special days are increased around the end of the year for the holidays. You might want to check out your local studio and see what they offer in the line of Furry Friends Days".
"Furry Friends Days"
I'll check into it.
I'll bet your Daughter is doing great. Would love to see some of her work. Does she have an online portfolio?
No Ken. Not yet anyway. She has her page similar to MySpace or whatever. but it's mostly about her-leaving out certain info of course. She has posted some pictures of her BF and some of Great Falls. If she puts one together I'll let you all know. Thanks for the interest and the kind comments. She read them and we both appreciate them! :)
condolences to your friend on the loss of their furry family member. :(
In general to the forum members, THANKS for the nice words about my photo of Court and my abilities to capture the dogs on "film". I'm having fun trying to get the dogs during the dog shows, in hopes that the owners will want to buy the photos. I'm going to another show this weekend, mainly because Court will be in it, but additionally, so I can take some more photos for sale purposes. :)
my sister loved the photos of your boys. :D
some people don't "do it" with this intensity! :)
I love that pic.
isn't that great? no credit unfortunately. came to me as part of one of those emptymyaddressbook emails.
My cat is hiding from me. She knows I'm pissed.
I come home tonight, see dirt on the carpet and just knew something was up.
I also noticed a blanket was knocked off the back of the couch and was behind it so, I look behind the couch. One of the neighborhood cats was hiding back there.
Ok. As if that wasn't bad enough. I walk back to the hallway and find feathers. It's a rare occasion when she catches a bird. She doesn't try to hard at all.
But this was no ordinary bird.
It was a *******' Mallard duck!
I found it hiding behind my nightstand in the bedroom. Fortunately it was ok. I thought it was dead until I touched it and it freaked.
So, my cat is having parties while I'm gone. I think she's on restriction for a while...
>It was a *******' Mallard duck!
yes, i laughed right the flock out loud!
that true story makes my silly image seem silly.
heh. here's another. why does this pic remind me of monkeys rather than cats? :)
Reading that, graff, is just hilarious. Experiencing it first-hand, I can well imagine it not to be as funny... :-|
>I can well imagine it not to be as funny...
If it wasn't such a mess, I probably would have laughed.
I'm just wondering how she got it in through the window. It was only opened enough so that she could get in plus, she's tiny cat. Smaller than the duck.
If I would have been an hour later, her and that damn neighbor cat probably would've figured out how to turn on the oven and whip up a blackberry glaze.
Sorry, I had to laugh at the scenario too, graf.
Those kitties, though, they have their ways. Your tale dredged up an old memory of discovering my cat Cairo coming through a similarly partially closed window with a live bunny in her maw. I recall not being too amused at the time.
Very funny and I passing the story along.
Next time though, pictures before cleaning. :) Think of us before yourself. ;)
When I was a teen, my family had a calico cat. Once, I was going out and she rushed in before I could check to see if she had anything with her.
She did. It was a live, though wounded bird. When I yelled at her she immediately let it loose. The poor thing flew around in the living room smashing it walls and furniture. The bird didn't appear harmed when I finally caught it and got it out of the house.
This might seem funny to others and maybe even to me now. But back then it wasn't, as it took up a lot of time that I hadn't worked into my busy schedule.
5:30-5:45 a.m.- Wake up to alarm.
5:45-6:15 a.m.- Take shower.
6:15-6:45a.m.- Eat breakfast.
6:45-6:50 a.m.- Gather schools books and head out the door.
6:50-9:00 a.m.- Chase cats's feathered friend throughout the house, around tables, out of lamp shades, moving furniture, tipping over accessories and breaking some of them.
9:00 am. Go to school where I arrive very exhausted and stand in line of losers with lame excuses for being late to school to get a tardy pass...
cool! so teleportation is possible now? see what you miss when you take naps?
add me to the group of gigglers (though thankfully, no animals were hurt during this skit!!)
((that said, she looks over at dave and piffles **how the hell did you know that i look like that when i first get up!?** :-p))
'tis all in the attitude mah deah! :)
plus you left your web-cam on again! :P
I had one of those presents from my cat that came alive all of a sudden.
It's a good way to bring on a heart attack.
My dog's outside food dish constantly has bird thieves steal her food.
She will chase them away for fun. One bird was too slow and she caught the bird in her mouth. The look on my dog's face was, "Great, what do I do now?"
She just turned from her dish and released the bird. I could hear her think, "stay out of my food you crazy birds!"
She had no interest in harming birds. Opossums on the other, do not survive in her territory. She is ruthless.
Lizards on the other hand, she is afraid them.
"Lizards on the other hand, she is afraid them."
those are holden's favorite chew toys!! :-|
usually i find one or two a week, stuck to his back ((poor fool... he'll throw them up into the air with glee, then become heartbroken when suddenly they are gone **usually their little lizard guts turn to glue and tend to stick to his fur and leave him puzzled as to where his little "buddy" went!!))
Kind of a bummerific and uplifting story all rolled into one:
Heath the Cat:
the joys of rainy days...
((my two boys, Fenton and Holden, enjoying a lazy nap next to the window))