Gar w 2 terriers

I don’t post a lot of pictures of my dogs. They do not coöperate. They will not sit still. They will run out of the room or stick their wet black noses right up my lens. Outdoors, they will run  and hide. I’ll get nothing but pictures of their furry butts as they disappear around the corner or through the doggy door.

Inside? They huddle in the darkest corner of the room or spread out so no lens will get them.

Two Terriers - Toy Camera

The two miscreant terriers were groomed yesterday so they’re looking pretty spiffy. Garry offered to hold them while I took a few pictures. Emerging from my office into the dimly lit living room, I realized even if I turned on every light, it would still not be enough to get sharp images.

I am nothing if not persistent. I turned on lights. Garry had the two terrorists on his lap in a death grip. What do they have against me and the camera? I don’t even use a flash.

Garry was wearing his comfortable clothing. A sweatshirt paired with weird green fishing print pajama bottoms. The throws on the sofa are a blocky red, white and bluish print — not beautiful to begin with — that clash in a particularly noxious way with the green print pants.

Gar w terriers 2

Between the bad light, the wriggling dogs, the ugly background, the bad pants, the clashing colors … well, these are among the worst pictures I’ve ever taken. Barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, color shifts and everything out of focus. Absolutely nothing to recommend them. So bad I had nothing to lose by trying out some of the special effects in my filter packages. I never use special effects on good pictures. Why waste a good image?

The doggies came out kind of cute. I used a toy lens effect on one shot. On the other two, I used various vintage camera effects, with added blur, light leaks and other kinds of aging. Cute — bad — pictures. Proving if you have enough filters, you can make anything look okay.

Categories: Animals, Humor, Pets, Photography, Scottish Terrier, Terriers

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9 replies

  1. Oh, it is next to impossible to get either of the dogs’ pictures taken. Just like yours, they hide, they squirm, they run away. Even when held, they squirm so much that the pictures turn out really blurry. It doesn’t help that I am no good with a camera. I did take a few yesterday when Kizzie was sleeping, and if I can crop out the dirty floor she is laying on, I just might post it. I know what you mean about bad background. 😀


    • My house is cluttered so there are NO good backgrounds in here. Outside, they won’t stay still long enough to focus. I took some more today. You’ll see them in a few hours. They aren’t so much better as a lot funnier.

      My camera … like most modern cameras … has a “face” setting, so if it’s on, it will automatically focus on any human face in the picture. I should have turned it off before I started shooting, but I forgot it was on. So Garry is in focus, but the dogs are all fuzzy. Not that they would have been sharp anyway. Not enough light and far too much squirming!


  2. Geez!! What’s wrong with my garments, my smile or the sofa throws? We got ..whadda ya call it? We got character!


  3. I still have my original Kindle although I must admit it doesn’t get used much anymore. It’s a great device, especially with its easy to reach electronic ink display that doesn’t strain your eyes. It’d now relegated as my bathroom reader, not a very honorable distinction. I am now using my Nexus 7 with its quad core fast processor and super high resolution. Its android operating system is simple enough to use but I find tablet, especially 7″ versions, cumbersome to use with blogs. As soon as you want to respond to comments the onscreen keyboard gets in the way of the text you’re typing. Amazon has a good lineup of products at bargain prices compared with Apple’s offerings. When I get the opportunity I still prefer my iMac with its 21.5″ crystal sharp screen and high resolution. It’s not portable though so my new tablet will do nicely. It fits in my jacket pocket or back pocket nicely. Thanks for a great review.


    • We do love our toys 🙂 Given what I use my kindle for, it’s ideal for me.. I seriously considered a Dell Android tablet, but I know my usage … the HDX fills my needs … like hand in glove. I have more than enough general purpose computing devices. This one’s for FUN!


  4. I know what you mean. My dog is not too hard to capture but my sister has terriers and it’s hard to get them to stay still. By the time you have pressed the button the dog is gone! Your two look cute though especially in the last photo.


    • Thanks! They are terribly cute (emphasis on terribly) , but sometimes, I feel like I’m the ONLY photographer who doesn’t have a bundle of doggy pix. So I decided to post them anyway and also show what you can do with really awful pictures if you are determined to make them into something acceptable. And you have a lot of patience!




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