Friday, April 26, 2013

What's That Thing On The Floor?

Zachary: "Whoa! What's that thing on the floor?"

Paw and Muzzle
Henry: "Could be a parasite. Don't get too close..."

Henry: "... or Momma will have to give you a pill."

Two Paws Down
Zachary: "It's not getting near my Lacrosse Ball."

Henry: "Wake me when it's gone."

Dog Blog Post #1033

A Worms Eye View of Something Simple.

One of the things I like best about Flickr challenge groups is how the admins encourage us to see the world in varied ways and then show off what we find.

While I freely admit I'm much more likely to hang a shot like Henry's Paw and Muzzle on the wall then one of a giant paw, I ultimately picked that top shot as I felt it fit today's challenges better.

All but the last picture (below) were taken with the camera sitting on the floor. With the aperture set to f/3.5, the foreground and background floor seem to melt together into a single buttery layer, an effect I found rather interesting.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - Apr 26, 2013 - "Worm's Eye View"

Daily Dog Challenge "543 Something Simple"

Henry: "It grew!"

Q and A

Loving Max over at All About Max asked yesterday if there had, "... EVER been an instance where they both refused to participate or pose?"

While they've certainly never refused to participate in (as in walked away from) a photo shoot, I can't imagine that there hasn't been at least ONE time when they both refused a pose, but I honestly can't think of it at the moment.

That's probably because I don't ask them to do anything in front of the camera that they don't already know how to do - or at least that I don't have a backup plan for in case it doesn't work out.

I distinctly remember the Egg Head post just over one year ago (balancing an egg on the muzzle) was touch and go, but I had already taken some backup Bitey-Face pictures just in case things didn't work out. That took the pressure off having to succeed, and kept the shoot fun and cookie filled instead of becoming stressful.

There are many, many instances when I didn't get what I was trying to get, either because I couldn't figure out how to describe it to them or I had the wrong lighting, camera setting, composition, props, phase of the moon - but those were all my fault, never theirs.

(There was a time when a certain young Henry didn't think that the Precious Puppies had to wear hats or Evil Jingle Collars, and a young Zachary did the same several years before that, but patience and time and copious amounts of cookies won out in the end. And since the question was BOTH dogs, it wouldn't apply anyway as they are 2.5 years apart in age.)

Their lives are just too short to spend it getting worked up over some silly pictures. This is supposed to fun for them, "quality time" for me, and a chance for them to show off and earn some cookies. The boys love it when I get the camera out, love to perform for me, and that's exactly the way I want it to be. :)

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GOOSE said...

Great shots. I can just see a worm saying those things.

Unknown said...

Pawsome paws. By the way we agree life is to short to spend taking the perfect pix. We get what we get very quickly and make do. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Anonymous said...

I love the photos of the paws, they are too cute!

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all!

What a handsome paw you have!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrowndDog

Unknown said...

Aw, thanks so much for answering that, yes I could tell from your love of them that you wouldnt ever make them do anything they didn't want to do but was curious if there was ever something they just said nope, not gonna happen. Max allowed me a very short time to take his pix in that baseball hat and that was it for the hat and we gave it away cuz I could tell after about 2 minutes, hat time was off. I asked cuz I'm just so blown away with all your shots and they never seem in the least bit to look uncomfortable!! I just love these guys so much!!!