Dogs

Best Friend

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”
Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)

Someone glued angel wings onto the back of this dog figurine before placing it at the grave of their loved one. I liked the way this particular token of remembrance provides a glimpse of the character of the person at rest here. I couldn’t help but find significance in the dog’s upward gaze toward the heavens. I look that direction a lot, too.

"Best Friend"

“Best Friend”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.8 at 1/4000 sec., 28mm
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Hairy Putter

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that I decided to try something that would really (and I mean really) challenge me: a drawing class. To summarize some important background information, I’ve never drawn before. I never really tried, since I found my few efforts so disappointing and frustrating. By the end of the class – and several months of agony, I had two drawings I wasn’t completely embarrassed of.  This is one of them.

Here is my drawing of Hairy Putter, done from a photo I took of him about a year-and-a-half ago. If you aren’t familiar with Hairy’s blog, you should definitely stop by. Hairy is well-known for his restaurant reviews, pet-friendly travel advice and for his work as the Director of Barketing for Northern California’s Mendocino County. Hairy is in town this week attending the BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference with his two upright companions.

If you’re attending BlogPaws – or just in the area, keep an eye out for Hairy.

I mentioned that there were two drawings I actually came away from class pretty happy with. Here’s a teaser and a warning: if you’re following this blog, you’ll be getting sick of the second one soon enough.

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DJ, The English Bulldog

I had the pleasure of photographing DJ yesterday, an English bulldog who is about a year old. DJ has a great face. He was a real trooper for the shoot, putting up with my flash and requests to please perk up his ears; look this way; look that way; look up; look down; stay; sit; ignore the camera; and so forth. (Fortunately, DJ’s upright companion, Logan, has worked out the communication key, which smelled a bit like jerky.)

Logan asked specifically that something fun and different be included among the photos she’d get. She mentioned she liked some of the artistic effects she had seen applied using Photoshop. The image below is among those Logan will receive today. I have to admit that I’m pretty much a purest at this point in my photography; I don’t use a lot of “out of camera” effects or Photoshop filters.

Do you think she will like it? Please let me know your honest thoughts.

[Curious about my Lightsphere hack? Just ask.]

Nikon D300, SB700 fill-flash with hacked Gary Fong Lightsphere, ISO 200, 1/400 sec at f/1.8. Brush stroke obtained using the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Artistic >;;; Dry Brush filter.

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Man’s Best Friend

“I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better.”
— George Bird Evans

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/5.3 at 1/160 sec, 112 mm

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This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen

I hate it when I lie to myself! Especially when I have no idea that I’m telling a lie!

You may recall that part of my decision to volunteer at the Humane Society of Utah was that I would only work with dogs. (Click here to see the older post.) I concluded that avoiding the cats would make it much easier to avoid wanting to take them all home, etc., etc.). I have really enjoyed spending time with the dogs – and I’m so happy to report that Jack finally got adopted!

It took a little longer than I had hoped to get the opportunity to work with another photographer to get tips and instructions on photographing the dogs, but that finally happened in December. That’s also when I first began to face the possibility that I had told a lie to myself and all my blog readers.

To make a long story short, it was through conversations with the other photographers and HSU’s volunteer coordinator, Jamie, that I became certain of my self-deception. How’s this for evidence of my close relationship with Murphy’s Law? Out of all 5 volunteer photographers, none of them are able to work with the cats because of allergies, etc. This means no cats are getting decent photos posted on the HSU website, which means that the cats aren’t getting the boost in adoption rates that good photos have been proven to bring about (read more about that here).

So, I stewed about it off and on over the entire 9 days I spent with family in Florida over the holidays. Somebody needed to do this job. Somebody had to help the cats; there were already 4 other photographers taking photos of adoptable dogs at HSU. And there are so many beautiful cats available for adoption. So, so many.

Yeah, I know it’s pointless for me to waste your time with details. So here’s a few of the 15 adoptable kitties I photographed on Monday. And that’s only a small fraction of the fabulous felines waiting for you to drop by the Murray HSU facility, fall in love, and take them into your loving homes.

Sushi

Athens

Oklie

Max

Time for me to get busy rigging up a cat-friendly portable background setup I can easily use at the shelter… and wash/defur between uses!

You Don’t Know Jack

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but I have been very busy and have lots to tell! Stay tuned; I promise new posts are coming about my exploits at the Humane Society of Utah in Murray (I’m lovin’ it!) and other new directions.

Meanwhile, Jack is still at the shelter and needs to find a forever home. He’s a wonderful Jack Russell Terrier, but he’s not meant for a home with cats or small kids. I really love this dog, and he’d love you, too! He likes to play, fetch, is very personable and companionable… The only thing other than a tolerance for small kids and cats that he’s missing is YOU! Please help spread the word and let’s find Jack a home!! (And a more original name!!)

Jack the Jack Russell desperately needs a forever home!