About a Dog and a Chair

This week’s images are about a dog and a chair. 

Part of it was trying to change things up a bit. I amaze myself sometimes at how “in a rut” I can get in setting up shots. This chair is in my office and if truth be told, it has been appropriated by Hubble. But this morning, he was off outside chasing the squirrels, so I moved it–and Jack Henry–to the spot where the set-up table is usually put. As always, Jack Henry was a champ, though the pinky tones on his chest are a sign that he is getting worked up about his treat.

I also decided to take some photographs using the I-1 Impossible camera–a newer Polaroid camera developed by the folks at the Impossible Project. I am not sure it is available anymore-they seem to be throwing their energies into an updated version of the One-Step (and at a more reasonable price too I might add). I am still trying to figure the camera out and again, the film is a crap shoot-you just never know what you are doing to get. But the results were intriguing enough for me to want to continue experimenting with the camera. I took a picture of the polaroid and caught some glare so it is not exactly as it looks.

In speaking with a photography teacher who uses an 8 x 10 Polaroid almost exclusively, I was told to make the commitment to the camera–and to the film–and let things unfold. I might surprise myself. So it was exactly what I needed to hear in moving forward with this camera and its process.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” 

-Albert Einstein

Images taken with iPhone 7 Plus and processed with iColorama, Snapseed and Stackables and the I-1 camera using Polaroid I-Type color film. 

For today: About a Dog and a Chair

The Dog in the Chair

The Dog in the Chair-Polaroid

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Dog at the Table #3

Today, we decided to revisit our Dog at the Table series. And again, I was reminded that while it is okay to make plans, do not plan on an outcome. Jack Henry was a bit restless today and so we did not spend the kind of time that I usually do in working with him.

I came away with a lot of images, but this is the one that most spoke to me tonite. I do not know if it is the lines of his neck or the shadow–it just seemed to be the image to go with for today’s post. There is a solitariness about this image to me and that may be in part of where I am in my other photography work  now.

I am reminded too, that Jack Henry is getting older-there is more white around his eyes and snout. But still present is his quiet dignity and presence.

Today’s Dog Quote:

The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I’ve also found, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest. 

–Ogden Nash

Image taken with iPhone 7 Plus and processed with Snapseed, iColorama, Stackables and ReTouch

For today: Dog at the Table #2

Dog at the Table #3

The Little Man

A very quick post for today-I have not done much with the iPhone 7 Plus portrait feature, so catching Hubble in a relatively quiet moment (for him) allowed me to try it out. It has possibilities I think-this could probably have been cropped a little tighter, but at the time, I wanted to show as much of him as I could-

Today’s Dog Quote: (from one of our most favorite poets)

EVERY DOG’S STORY

I have a bed, my very own.
It’s just my size.
And sometimes I like to sleep alone
with dreams inside my eyes.

But sometimes dreams are dark and wild and creepy
and I wake and am afraid, though I don’t know why.
But I’m no longer sleepy
and too slowly the hours go by.

So I climb on the bed where the light of the moon
is shining on your face
and I know it will be morning soon.

Everybody needs a safe place. 
― Mary Oliver

Image taken with iPhone 7 Plus and processed with Snapseed and iColorama

For today: The Little Man

The Little Man

Impressionism in 16 Seconds

Another 16 second experiment with Hubble. Currently I am taking an online (free!) photo impressionism course offered by New Zealand photographer Eva Polak. Each day I get something new in my mailbox to consider and try out. Something from the other day really stood out for me: “Vision does not have to be complicated or complex.” And I really needed to read that; especially at a time when work has been pretty much a 7-day week endeavor and the inspiration quotient about zero.

The 16 second experiments are good for me then because all I need is a dog and 16 seconds. Both of those requirements I can handle. Is this effort impressionistic? Possibly. What might add to it is the stacking of images on top of each other, something I may try this evening and see how that shakes out. 

But in the end, Hubble does not really care. As long as he got his cookie and his toy, he was good.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“The Lord God had created all animals, and had chosen out the wolf to be His dog.” 
― Jacob Grimm

Image taken with LongExpo and processed with Snapseed, Stackables and iColorama-

For today: Impressionism in 16 Seconds

Impressionism in 16 Seconds

 

On the Road

Another addition to “The Seekers” series I have been working on and off with-

This series has helped me to experiment not just with composites, but also moving back and forth between a more hyper-kind of realism to more painterly effects. I imagine at some point I may go back and do the entire series in one format just to see how it lines up. But for now, Hubble and his buds do not seem to mind going back and forth through myriad stylistic adventures-

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Sometimes, it turns out, the most important decisions in life are made by your dog.” 
― Adam Gidwitz

 

Images taken with iPhone 5s and 7 Plus and processed with Leonardo, iColorama, Stackables and ReTouch

For today: On the Road

The Seekers #3 On the Road

Raining Red

For a gallery exhibit last month, several pairs of red high heels were hung in the gallery windows. At the time I did not know what I would do, but I knew that I had to take pictures of them from as many angles as possible. You know, just in case.

This is another experiment with Jack Henry who is the fashion-conscious fellow in the family. (At last count, this dog has two sweaters, three coats, a kind of wrap-type thing to keep him toasty during cold winter evenings, and a  thundershirt.) A friend is currently scouting for a suitable raincoat.

So it seemed only natural under the circumstances to place him under a little black umbrella as he takes in the sprinkling of red.

Today’s Dog Quote: 

The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.

–Patrick Demarchelier

Image taken with iPhone 5s and 7 Plus and processed with Leonardo, Stackables, Snapseed and Hipstamatic

For today: Raining Red

Red Rain

Moonlight Wash and Walk

I think this is still a work-in-progress, but I must admit I am at a point where I just need to let it sit for awhile. Hubble says it is a lot of work watching chickens and laundry drying. Time for a treat! I have a couple of other pieces that are also in various stages, so I will probably turn my attention to those for now.

Right now though, everyone has a task: Jack Henry is monitoring the weather, while Hubble and Anna are making sure the dog food bin is full, there are plenty dog chews and blankets in case Irma comes calling. 

My hope is that she takes a BIG bounce-but our thoughts are with all our friends and the folks in Florida right now.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Rambunctious, rumbustious, delinquent dogs become angelic when sitting.”

—Dr. Ian Dunbar

Image a composite of images taken with iPhone 4s, 5s and 7 Plus and processed using Leonardo, Stackables, Distressed Fx, Origins Digital Curio and Snapseed

For today: Moonlight Wash and Walk

A Moonlight Wash and Walk

 

 

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