Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happiness

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Dog Blog Post #277: What does happiness mean to you? Sounds like the something your english teacher might ask you to write an essay about, but today the question was posed by the daily shoot, and the response was meant to be pictorial. Specifically:

Today, let's illustrate the emotion of being happy. Make a photograph that represents happiness to you.

Happiness?

Happiness...

Rain drops on roses?

Whiskers on kittens?

No, wait. That's just for favorite things.

ds496 - HappyFrom a dog's perspective, happiness is playing games, something good to eat or chew, a favored person's attentions, a nice walk with a chance to explore, a safe and cozy place to sleep the day away...

... and I did consider trying to create pictures of those things. But today was a "day spa" day, and the boys spent much of the time out of pocket. When they finally returned, light was growing short, they were were both hyper and tired, and the thought of anything other than a picture of them sleeping or chewing on something seemed out of the question...

... and I've done both of those.

But while they were gone, I took the opportunity to clean out of my closet (a job much easier done without "helpers") and you'll never guess what I found...

... ok, I suppose the pictures scattered about this post kind of gives it away. Yup, some Mickey Mouse ears that were given to us last time we were at Disneyland.

And we all know what Disneyland is...

Yup, "the happiest place on earth." :)

Out comes the set, the black stretchy velvet, a few (somewhat) cooperative dogs, lots of cookies, a (reasonably) good stay, the camera and tripod.

I picked the picture at the top of the post, as Zachary actually looks the part (happy)  unlike the picture of Henry, below...

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... I don't think he's quite gotten used to wearing hats!

The Missing Skill of the Day belonged to me this time - not taking a moment to examine my prop and realize it contained a pair of dandy concave mirrors, which would faithfully(?) reflect whatever lay before them.

Thankfully, I took lots of pictures, and was able to pick out some shots where they were aimed ceiling-ward, and thus avoided publishing some rather unattractive self-portraits!

I did take a few non-ears shots - but you'll have to wait for Wordless Wednesday to see them. :)

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6 comments:

The Sprollies 'n' Border Collies said...

Love the pictures as usual! Zachary's first photo is my favourite! Just adorable!

houndstooth said...

I love that first shot, and I'd say you hit the assignment dead on, because as soon as I saw the first picture, before I even read a word, I thought "the happiest place on earth!" Now I'm curious as heck about Wednesday!

Miss Kodee said...

What a fun twist on your Daily Photo! YOur crew seems mighty co-operative to me; gotta love the value of a good treat! Yes I have been caught in a few reflections from time to time!

24 Paws of Love said...

Very cute! I like your Disney idea.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

That is such a wonderful prop and so well photographed! I never would have thought of using Disneyland to display happiness, I have no imagination, lol.

Pup Fan said...

Henry appears to take his Disney very seriously! :) I really like this idea - though I'd never get Bella to wear a hat for that long.