Shih Tzu and the Ball

Shih Tzu dogs love to play ball! We only found this out after a dog trainer came to the house and “ruffled his fur” a bit and in the process Oscar became a lot more relaxed.

Now he adores playing ball and even one mention of, “where’s the ball?” and his tail wags and he looks up expectantly for the ball!

This was a bit of an experiment. I’m not so sure how this will look on the web, but full screen the textures of the grass and his fur contrast nicely – rough, hard, and sharp versus soft and cloudy. Not your usual pet photo but why be boring and ordinary eh?

Mulley’s guest photobloggers

Damien invited a number of Irish photobloggers to guest blog on mulley.net this week and their posts make for good reading. I’ve mentioned them all from time to time here so some may be familiar and all make for a good read.

Wonderful photos, and great reading. Damien said he asked more than 5 photobloggers so I guess the series may go on until next week!

The groomed Shih Tzu

Our pet Shih Tzu, Oscar, has been suffering under the unusual August weather. It’s actually quite warm, and his long coat is more useful for colder weather. So this morning we had him groomed and doesn’t he look cute?

Children on the merry-go-round

Children smile and laugh as the fairground ride goes around and around! Linda and myself spent a good few minutes shooting this ride.

I combined a long exposure and flash to capture the action and hoped to get a glimpse of a child’s smile. I think I was lucky to get this one!

The importance of writing

10) customers spend as much time reading the blurb that comes with the print as they do looking at the images – so make a point of supplying a ‘history’ with each image describing the circumstances and location, but don’t bother with technical details, that’s not what interests them – few care what lens you took it with or what f stop. They do care about how you found the image and where it was shot and any anecdotes you can tell about the circumstances really help.

George Barr lists out some of the different types of customers an artist will come across and what they want. It’s a good list, and if you’re selling, you should read it.

Anyway, I found myself nodding in agreement with the last point. Make sure you write something. Some people do like to interpret an image but more often than not they’ll want to know the backstory behind an image. I know I found myself looking for the small notes next to the exhibits in SF MOMA a few weeks ago, and hopefully visitors here will find the descriptions of my photos at least readable, and maybe interesting or enlightening!

Shadows on Powell St

The shadow cast by a young man waiting to cross the street forms the main subject of this unusual image. Sort of messes with your head doesn’t it?

Expired Meter

An expired meter I spotted while we waited for a table to become free in a restaurant in San Francisco a few blocks from Union Square.

Photo has been "cross processed" using the Curves tool. I created an S curve on the red and green channels, and then applied a lomo plugin for good effect!

BBQ at the Waterloo Inn

Jimmy and Paul served the bbq to hungry parents, kids and everyone else at the charity bbq in the Waterloo Inn today. They spent over an hour dealing with flames and hot food at the end of a blisteringly hot day and really deserved the round of applause afterwards.
Well done guys, and thanks to everyone who helped out! It was a great day!

Free postcard from QOOP

QOOP are offering a free postcard “while stocks last” that can be sent anywhere in the world. It prints from your Flickr stream and it’s dead easy to do.

What’s the catch? You need to sign up. For any company that’s well worth the minor cost of printing one postcard and mailing it. Still, free stuff is free stuff! (via)