Polite Dogs Meet and Greet

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

He walks into the pet boutique to get his claws clipped. He takes note of the lady with the clipboard. She puts him on the list; there are lots of dogs ahead of him.


A sociable bitch greets him. Avoiding eye contact, she approaches his flank. Dog etiquette: direct eye contact among strange dogs is a no-no; it signals aggression.

For a few moments, they sniff each other. The dogs are introducing themselves—exchanging information. All goes well; they lick each other in the face.


Calmly, fleetingly, they look into each other's eyes—another sign of mutual acceptance.


The lady sheathed in fitted pants sees her pal. She moves along with big dog by her side. The tiny male watches. Does he want to follow the bitch?


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X Marks the Spot

Monday, June 23, 2014

I like watching storms. I see a front moving in. I drive up to the top of a hill—a few blocks away from home.


As I pull into the cul-de-sac, I see an "X" on an embankment.


Windows XP is no longer supported.


An ominous front, it moves fast. Pink and white blankets in the foreground are discards from a tryst, I reckon. At night, city lights sparkle along the horizon. This is a lovers' lane.


Getting soaked, back into the car I go.

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Bird Poop

June 5, 2014

A quiet golden-hour view at a rest stop: Nice.

Peaceful Rest Stop

Thup! Huh? What the hell…


Oh crap. A vulture dumped a load. … Look at that.

Vulture Poop On the Windshield

That night, I dreamt I could not wipe that spot out of my mind. … What a nightmare.


Do you dream in color or black and white?

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Man At Airport Sits and Eats Lunch While I Watch

June 3, 2014

The battery in my Kindle died. …  Boredom. Then I saw this fellow sitting on a bench, eating lunch. Do you think he is a steward? I have a hunch he is. I presume we were both being watched by one or two video cameras. I like taking pictures inside terminals. Privacy ain't what it used to be.

If you know the identity of this gentleman, pray tell. I want to give him a signed, artisan-quality print. Since I neglected to ask him to sign a relaeas form, this picture is not for sale.

Now I want a sandwich and chips. Instead, I'll take two Tums and go to bed. Sensible.

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Two Dogs

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Two dogs. Our dogs. One old, the other young. One alert, the other inert. Black and tan, both rest in filtered morning light.


Two dogs. Our dogs. What a life.


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Trick Photography

Friday, January 10, 2014

Do you remember the phrase "trick photography"? I do. Anyone who came of age south of the digital imaging revolution does. "Trick photography" is the catchall phrase we used to use to descibe a still photograph that was either obviously manipulated or one that beckoned us to suspend our disbelief.

"Photoshop" is now the root of all catch phrases used to described hyper-photorealistic or photosurrealistic photography.


The whiz-bang effects showcased in movies such as Gravity are created by weaving seemingly endless strands of zeros and ones. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has attained a level of visual sophistication far exceeding anything a movie director could have imagined even back when Star Wars startled audiences nearly forty years ago. 

As a kid growing up in the 60s, the1953 movie War of the Worlds scared the s#*t out of me. In its day, it wowed audiences with state-of-the-art special effects. The scene with the street light in the picture above is a tip o' the hat to the menacing cobra-head Martian war machines that appeared in that 1953 flick.

Another Version: Tip O' the Hat to Stephen King



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Photographing Small Dogs

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It is easy to design high-key lighting schemes to photograph small dogs in a studio environment.

A few days ago, a client brought Boo-Boo, a 14 ½-year-old Pomeranian, to the studio. Prior to our session, we discussed his temperament and distinguishing features. I think it is important to gather information about a dog and his/her owner at least a couple of days before the shoot. A window of even only a couple of days allows me to think about lighting, lenses, and an idea of how to arrange the studio. Although my dog portraits are minimalistic, they do require a good amount of preparation.

My family has a small collection of stuffed dogs and two real ones–a young eleven-pound Chiweenie, and a senior 40-pounder mixed-breed. My favorite stuffed dog is Snoopy. My wife got him about forty years ago; they were inseparable throughout her childhood.


Either real or stuffed, our dogs help me prepare for a gig. I like stuffed animals; they do not demand treats or get restless. Snoopy is great for testing out lens and lighting combinations.



Boo-Boo's Photo Session

Boo-Boo and his human arrived right on schedule. The entire session from beginning to end, including final review of the images on an off-camera monitor, took less than an hour.  Due to my prep work and having an assistant available to help manage Boo-Boo, the shoot went smoothly.

















Afterwards, I rewarded myself by taking a nice long nap. Odds are that Boo-Boo did the same.


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