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Hold Still!

Hold Still!

May 15, 2011
Posted in: Best-Of, Dogs | Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Challenge: looking high or looking low.

Yesterday's shoot didn't go as planned. I was hoping to get some interesting canine snout shots from below. Instead I got this quiet moment while laying on the ground. This is so typical of Loki, talking and leaning on his favorite person. 

While the image appears to have the background cropped out, it's not. The stark white background and  light on their heads is actually the effect of the white ceiling and natural light bursting in from the sky light above. The details of the ceiling and the skylight are lost during the development process.

Most of my best shots are by accident. I'm very bad at composition. I know a good shot when I see it, but setting it up is always difficult. One of my favorite examples is the shot of the little girl talking to the tulips. Mr. Wild Dingo took it because he had the camera, but it was my eye that caught it and I'm all, "Hurry up, get that shot!"  I still get a huge smile every time I look at that photo of the smiling girl talking to the tulips with the wind blowing through her fine strands of hair.

I think this shot will always elicit that same feeling.

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20 comments on “Hold Still!”

  1. Absolutely love this shot! Everything about it is fantastic and just what one wants to cover as a photographer!

  2. Not a fan of those wee humans. Particularly when there is no dog in the photo. I just love the photo you included here of MWD and the Loki monster having some quality guy time.


  3. This is a beautiful shot, and I love the sepia quality. The expression on Loki's face just exudes LOVE!! Really nice!!

    Did I miss something? Are you just challenging yourself each week or is there a contest? Both weeks' pics have been great!

    Inquiring minds...

  4. I just love everything about that picture! Loki's expression is just the best, and I love his ear language! I think it's a picture that would always make me smile, too!

  5. I don't think it was by accident. I think you have a better photographer's eye than you give yourself credit for!!

  6. This is a great photo. My dad is the same way, he sometimes just doesn't even look and just clicks to see what comes out and some of those turn out to be the best. 🙂

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! I had the same idea, trying to get some dog and horse shots from below but all I ended up getting was SlobberDog's enormous snout right in my camera! So this challenge was a big FAIL for me!!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous. Mom wishes she had some better photography skills. She just does the point and shoot and hopes for the best.

    That is a photo to treasure.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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