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Wednesday, 18 July 2007

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Well it certainly is personal. However the way you describe it it gives me meaning and I can appreciate it much better.

Very well put, Mike. It's still amazes me, that power of a single image to rekindle a set of distinct, associative memories in the person who took it that would be completely different from what that same shot would convey even to another member of the same family. One of our dogs recently died (http://asiliconvalleylife.blogspot.com/2007/07/sad-tidings.html) and the picture I keep coming back to has nothing to do with technical excellence (far from it), the location or set-up (commonplace) but it does have a heck of a lot to do with the character, as I want to remember it, of the pet that's no longer around.

And glad to see you up and about with a camera in your hand again.

Mike you really do have a way with words - the story behind the shot should be enough to make anyone forgive the fact that its crooked and looks rather "digital".
Please keep posting these little domestic saga photos, always interesting to see the back yards of people half way round the world.

Cheers, Robin

This is simply a wonderful story and picture. Send it to Flak Photo.

Thanks for making my day Lulu (& Mike).

I'm with Darr...made my day. Especially since I just put a pee-soaked rug on my back porch. My bladder is fine and I am potty trained. Must be one or the other dog! It's pouring rain and my Mac just got an overhaul. Running Tiger and CS3 and I now have a external HD to back-up my photos. I think I'd miss the dog pics the most.

Life is good.

The best piece I've read on your blog.

It's very true that often the real interest in a photograph comes from the story behind it.

This is a wonderful example - of how an otherwise ordinary photograph is elevated by the joy and laughter that surrounds the moment.

Love it!

I think this post is more than anything about how words affect how we read a photo. Without your text, I wouldn't cared too much about the pic. After reading it, I understand it and even more, I really like it.

Gotta disagree with ya here Mike, this shot shot can compete with much of the stuff hanging on any gallery wall today.

I agree with Stan Banos...this belongs on a gallery wall.

Right bottom corner should be corrected via imaging software. Door wall etc not straight. Spoils the whole thing. Big job done - night, tripod, waiting etc and .. investment lost.

It's just a picture. What amazes me, Mike, as ever, is your personal and poetic way...it turns anything mundane into a high grade one.

Remines me of the book by log ago U of Miami Professor Wilson Hick "Words and Pictures" you need the cutline and yours was very good story....leads me to today as we are now shooting video with sound that is just as inport as the visual...pick up that point&shoot and use the video feature...that would of captured what you saw in your story...and post it on your blog or uTube..food for thought

Only question Mike (and I agree with everyone else, it is a wonderful vignette): why not take a minute to straighten the image in PS? Likewise, very glad to know you are up and about and thinking cameras through the malaise. Don

1.6 sec exposure. Man that image stabilisation really works well.

You've got a love a photo with a dog in it. A lot of photographers have made a career out of that.

"why not take a minute to straighten the image in PS?"

I have to admit I don't care in the least if the image is straight or not...that has never been any sort of priority for me in looking at pictures.

Mike

Mike, there's so much going on in that picture: you got the moon and Venus, the hose, the leash, LuLu, LuLu's floppy ears, the tall tree partially obscuring the moon, and the crazy man behind the lens. ;)

Nice work!

This proves two things: You, like me, find that the subject being photographed is more important than the technicals of the photograph. If it isn't interesting it isn't successful in the eyes of the viewer.

Secondly, knowing the story behind the photograph will almost always increase the value of a photograph for the viewer. Knowledge is everything.

And last, but not least, you litte essay is superbly written. They way you made me read a few lines, look at the photo, then read a few lines again, until I finally discovered Lulu behind the door... BRILLIANT! I will not forget that photo for a while, so you might be wrong after all!

"The best piece I've read on your blog."

Ditto.

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Jack

"Right bottom corner should be corrected via imaging software. Door wall etc not straight. Spoils the whole thing. Big job done - night, tripod, waiting etc and .. investment lost."

*SIGH*...I hate it when people comment without even reading the the post....

Mike

Its always good to see a dog with a great home!

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