Still Wet #2

Well, my idea for this week’s photograph did not quite go how I would have liked, so I will keep working on that. In the meantime, here is another photograph of Master Hubble after his bath. And yes, that look says, “Mamma-you will pay. And then you will pay again.”

Dog Quote for Today:

“A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way.”
    – Anonymous
 Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, iColorama and Stackables
For today: Still Wet #2
Still Wet #2

Still Wet #2

A Quotation Challenge and A Look Back in Black and White

The last month or so has been–quite simply–nuts. So, I really have not been able to do much in the way of working on images for this and the other blog, Move the Chair. But hopefully next week, things will be a bit more quiet and we will see what the crew and I can come up with.

In the meantime, Daal over at Happiness Between Tails invited me to participate in a Quotation Challenge which consists of posting a quote a day for three days or three quotes in one post. We are going for the three and I thought I would post some of my favorite dog quotes as well as some images of Master Hubble over the last couple of years.

Thanks Daal very much for helping spark some ideas for this week’s post-we appreciate it!

Dog Quote #1

When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.
—Rudyard Kipling 

Small Silhouette

Small Silhouette (2013)

Dog Quote #2

Dogs are the magicians of the universe.
—Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Must. Run. Fast.

Must. Run. Fast. (2014)

Dog Quote #3

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.
—Milan Kundera


Waiting (2015)

All images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Pic-Tap-Go and Provoke-the bottom image was taken with my Pentax K-5 IIs

For today: A Quotation Challenge and A Look Back

Presenting the Elusive Miss Anna

It is not every often that I get a chance to get a decent photograph of Anna-she is frightened of the camera and the phone. Whenever I get close to her with either one, those beautiful ears go flat and she just tries to look small.

I lucked out today-it may be partly that Hubble was distracting her, but whatever the reason I was able to get a halfway decent photograph of her. She is a beautiful dog, but still very timid and unsure. We have made strides, but more work lies ahead for us. As for the photograph, a bit rough in some places. I tried working with the charcoal brush in Repix. I may go and work on that some more.

Today’s Dog Quote:

Everything I know, I learned from dogs.
—Nora Roberts

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Repix, iColorama, Stackables and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: The Elusive Miss Anna



What a Difference 5 Years Makes?

I was talking to someone earlier this week who was bemoaning her lack of progress with her photography. I get it-I have been there more times than I would like to admit. But it got me to thinking about what has my progress been about? So I went back into the Jack Henry archives and came up with this-

Cringeworthy? You betcha! And on so many levels. I had gotten Jack Henry a few months back and I had no earthly idea of what to do with him or about him. I was walking him one night and saw that a neighbor was getting rid of their blue velour sofa. So, I thought why not? I told Jack Henry to hop up and away we went. Now I must admit, what I saw in my mind did not prepare me for what I got. It was okay-barely. I could not get rid of the alien-light eye effect–honestly, I was hopeless at this point. I did notice the next night though someone else posing his dog on the couch–hopefully his pictures came out better. This was clearly during our urban-grunge period, though I had the idea of taking his picture on abandoned sofas all over the city. I may still do that. But the point is, I kept on.



Now, Jack Henry circa 2012 I think and I am now experimenting more with still life and portraiture. As you can see, I still did not have a clue about what I was doing–not really. But the thing I noticed by now, was that Jack Henry appeared to like having his picture taken.

Dog with Apple

Dog with Apple

I still had not given up on outdoor shots, but was reduced to this weak Walker Evans tribute around the same time.

"A Wall, A Washtub and A Dog"

“A Wall, A Washtub and A Dog”

And then this portrait in 2013-2014 which really made him look like a thug.

Jack Henry

Jack Henry

Fast forward to 2016–have I made progress? Yes and no. But one thing I do know is that I will never get tired of taking this dog’s picture. And I am grateful for that conversation earlier. While I have no idea what that person will end up doing, I know that for me, it continues to be about showing up, taking chances, and sometimes asking Jack Henry what would he like to be today?

Jack Henry 2016

Jack Henry 2016

Today’s Dog Quote: 

“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.”
—Max DePree

For today: What a Difference 5 Years Makes?


Oh dear–it is bath day for a certain little dog. Unfortunately (for Hubble) because of his size, he has the least to work with in terms of trying to escape. I was able to get this just before an attempt to leap out of the tub.

Today’s Dog Quote: 

You can’t have a pristine house with ten dogs, and I’d rather have the ten dogs.
—Glenn Greenwald

Hear, hear to that!

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, iColorama, Stackables and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Wet!



Experiments with Hubble

Some Hipstamatic portraits of Hubble for today. Right now, I seem to be in a portrait taking mood, in part, because work has been very busy this month. And I have not been able to really think of anything else to try for now. But hopefully after August, things will slow down a bit and Hubble particularly can go on some new adventures.

Today’s Dog Quote:

I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
—Will Rogers

Image taken with Hipstamatic using Tachman lens and Aristotle film and processed using iColorama and Formulas

For today: Black and White in Hubble

Black and White in Hubble

Black and White in Hubble

Sitting Pretty

I love taking portraits of Jack Henry-I am always amazed at the possibilities and the expressiveness he can convey. We had a rough start to the morning and by the time came to take pictures, neither one of us was very happy with each other. But something always happens when we get underway, and by the end of the session, we are connected again.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Dogs are mute and obedient, but they have watched us and know us and can smell how pitiful we are.”
       —Tove Jansson

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, iColorama, Stackables, Formulas and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

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