Salt and pepper

I recently tried to get some shots of two dogs playing. I don’t expect perfect photos when the dogs are wrestling and running about. I just don’t have the chops for that. But people like them, and I occasionally get a shot that I am truly satisfied with. But… on the two days in question the subjects were Aspen and River — a white dog and a black dog. That’s brilliant white and pitch black. Okay, to be honest, River’s coat has dark brown highlights.  But he’s still quite dark.

The contrasting subjects pose a dilemma for the camera’s meter. “Dude, you want the white dog exposed properly or the black dog?” I think that’s what the meter was whining under its breath. Oh, and to make matters worse, the dogs were moving from shade to sunlight, sometimes every few seconds. I doubt I’ve ever heard such foul language from a camera before.

The results were distressing. So distressing that I deleted each and every photo and burned the data card they were recorded to.

Then I did what I often do to recover from such a trauma. I put my favorite lens on my favorite camera and headed outside a bit before when the light was perfect. And I chose subjects that I knew would remain still long enough so even I could focus properly. Yep, I was basically cheating.







  1. Jana Hook

    Rob, I bet that the black and white photos were lovely. You are just a perfectionist! Ha! Ha!
    These photos are great! Hi Scrappy-doo!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. They were pretty bad. You’d probably agree if you saw them. Perhaps I didn’t manage to destroy all of them.


  2. Lori Burke

    Beautiful Photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you.


  3. Cindy Towne

    Oh my gosh, the frustration- and that’s why I now just stick to my IPhone camera haha.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You understand it!


  4. sargentmt

    I always enjoy your pictures.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have some of Yule coming. They’re a little bit different though.


  5. Judy

    This is what? About the 5th or 6th “Rob and Dog” i’ve received after a long absence? Welcome back, you have been missed.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you. You are very kind.


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