SHOOTING DOGS (WITH A CAMERA)

I have a lot of good pictures of Nan. I have great pictures of Bishop. Both Nan and Bishop were show dogs and when they see a camera, they sit and give you their good side. If you try to take a picture of another dog, they will bomb the picture.

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Then there are Bonnie and Amber. Amber runs for the hills. Maybe you’ll get a shot of her butt as she disappears down the hall. Bonnie, on the other hand, is a tease and her timing is impeccable. She sits perfectly still. Waits. As my finger approaches the shutter, she springs into action.

For example, here is Bishop this morning:

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Elegant. A proud, handsome dog. Dignified, yet always ready for a bit of pizza crust … or watermelon. Next, we see my best picture of Bonnie. Same camera. Same light. Same five-minute period in the same room.

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What does she have against me and my cameras? I’m sure she does it on purpose. Want to see another one? The white streaks are snow in her beard.

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Obviously a far superior shot since you can tell it’s a dog. Probably.

You should see the ones I deleted.



Categories: dogs, Humor, Pets, Photography, Scottish Terrier

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24 replies

  1. To get a good picture of pet is hard, as they move quickly and unexpectedly…

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  2. Ha! Too funny! Bishop is a beautiful pup.

    My male cat, Gibbs, is a willing poser while his female roommate tends to look away when I’m trying to take photos. It has helped that I seldom take photos with a flash, that tends to scare the both of them.

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  3. When growing up, both the cat and dog posed for the camera. I always wondered how they knew what it was. Later, a soulmate cat was like Bonnie, and I continued to wonder how she knew what it was, because most of the time we were outside and I didn’t use a flash, so it wasn’t like it scared her. I was looking thru photos last week and most of them are when she’s sleeping.

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    • I have no idea why some cats and dogs hate cameras. Maybe it’s the sound of the shutter or something … or they are just being contrary. Obviously some of our kids love it. I have no idea. We’d have to ask them and they aren’t telling.

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  4. A cardinal yesterday, a Bishop today… Must be a religious theme for Lent!

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  5. I enjoy trying to photograph the grand dogs and I know Murphy (Airedale) smiled for me, gave it his best. Always wanted to be in the shot with the family. Looking at his photos since he has passed is comforting and heart wrenching because of his expressiveness. I enjoyed your post and pics before school today Marilyn.

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  6. That is really funny. I never thought about some dogs being willing to sit and pose and others not. My guys were cooperative hams 🙂

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  7. When I shot portraits for a living it took me a while to learn how to pose people. I learned the secret, don’t. Casual, spontaneous shots always turn out the best. The technique I used includes a tripod and a remote trigger. You always had to be ready to press that remote trigger button hidden in your hand.

    You’re right about the first doggie in your post as being a natural at posing. The best pictures I took were always of people who proclaimed they never had decent pictures of themselves, that they weren’t “photogenic”. Call it a challenge when I hear those words. I’d always catch them off guard, smiling or laughing at something I said. I developed my stand-up routine as a photographer.

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  8. I could never get a good picture of my recently departed kitty, not in 18 years. I have pictures of her curled up & her fuzzy back, but no face shots. She came from a long line of Grand Champion Persians and yet in photos she always looked like she was from the abused animal portion of the shelter. (She was not a shelter cat…) I really wish I had a good picture of her, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which she was the last kitteh of our cattery line.

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  9. My Tucker is the same way. He’s a very photogenic dog, but recently he has gotten in the habit of turning his head away from my phone (which I take most pictures with) because he thinks its going to flash, when most of the time it doesn’t.

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