Friday, February 11, 2011

Focused

Zachary and the Rabbit
Dog Blog Post #234: Henry went to the vet today to be chipped.

Have you seen the needle they use?

Ouch!!!

Thankfully, he didn't seem to notice - didn't even flinch. I guess I did that for him. What a brave boy! While I feel bad to put him through that, I feel a bit better knowing that if does get lost and ends up at one of the local shelters, there's a much better chance of a happy reunion.

(It's like death and taxes, something you don't want to think about, but still need to be prepared for!)

And on that cheery note... today's Daily Shoot assignment:

Sometimes what’s out of focus can make the shot. Create a photograph today where some/all of your subject isn't in focus.

I tried out a few different scenarios for this this one. I started with the shot at the top of the post, then moved on to...

Henry and the Food Bowl
Yes, he's showing of his "Look Sad" pose again. I've gotten more mileage off that one simple trick. And now Zachary's picked up on it (by osmosis?)...



... so I can get Sad Faces in stereo!

But the winning shot, was this one...


As just about nothing is in focus except a few hairs, which are in sharp focus.

Shag carpet in a hurricane?

(Editor's Note: LuLu and Wally asked what I used in yesterday's shots to "get them so enthusiastic about licking!" Answer: the top shot was a little creme cheese smeared on the inside of a glass pie pan, and the "canadian bacon" shot was a little butter smeared on the bottom of the same glass pie pan. If I was going to do it again (heaven forbid!) I'd go with butter on the bottom. The butter was much more transparent after the first few licks, yet seemed to have great staying power. The bottom was easier for the dogs to get to than the insides. And there you have it!)

9 comments:

houndstooth said...

Look at all the tail floof! It's spectacular! I think all three of the shots are really cute.

Three of ours are microchipped. Lilac is too old to wander off! Not one of them made a peep!

Wendy Krehbiel said...

Zack is a needle "whore". After years of regular allergy shots where he received froot loops after each shot, he sees needles and comes begging. He has been used as a "practice" dog for multiple people to give saline injections to prior to giving actual injections to their own dogs :) And he loved every minute. Guess that's one positive that came out of the whole allergy nightmare we've been through with him.

Annieke said...

Great shots once again! I absolutely love the 2 with the food bowl. Such great expressions!

sagechronicles said...

Love those sad faces! They are all great shots.

Kristin G. said...

I have seen that needle, and it looks HUGE! I meant to have Zoe chipped when she was spayed, but totally forgot to make the request. :( I've heard most dogs do fine with it, but haven't got my nerve up yet. I should put that on my to-do list. Have a great weekend!!

melf said...

As usual, some really terrific shots! I love the tail fluff as well. Amazing how much they have isn't it? BTW - I know what you mean about the needle. It's one of the reasons I delayed getting my dogs microchipped. But, since both Jasper and Daisy can be spooked easily, it was safer for all of us to have them microchipped, just in case.

Ruff Toy Reviews said...

Are you taking a photo class, or are you making up your own assignments? Either way, the photos are terrific. I think my favorite is the solo food dish, which you could easily sell on istockphoto.com... but the fluffy belly shot could be my Cassie's belly, all full of static and flying in the wind!

lillij said...

I love your photos. You inspire me. I'm going to have to get better at taking pictures.

Opie!

Elyse and Riley said...

Both of our dogs are microchipped. I agree with you...the needle is huge...but neither of our dogs seemed to notice either. Good for you for getting him microchipped!

I love the sad look!

Elyse (and Riley)