Photo by Chris Gibbs, from the series "Dog Musher." See the whole set—some good stuff there. The interface is a little hinky—if you're seeing an image fill up your whole screen, click the little circle in the upper-right-hand corner. To see the whole images the page should look like this:
I've always thought it was kind of funny how some things push our buttons and some don't. If we're smart, it can help determine what we choose to photograph. But it even sometimes determines—partly, at least—what kind of photographs we look at. I personally have a very hard time getting into pictures of bugs, a subject of intense interest for a lot of people. I've tried repeatedly, but I've found there's just very little fascination there for me. But I love dogs, and get a lot of enjoyment out of pictures of them. There's no right or wrong, of course—only what's good or not-so-good for you.
I first learned about this when I took over Photo Techniques from the wonderful Editor David Alan Jay. David said that when he first got the job he thought, "Finally, there's going to be photo magazine with no pictures of children." He really didn't care for pictures of kids. I've always liked kids as a photographic subject, so his statements about it started me thinking.
"Dog Musher" came up as a topic when we announced Google's great deal on Nik software the other day. Chris tells me most of the B&W shots in the series were processed with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
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