Okay, I’m on a portrait jag, I too this portrait of Bud by putting a dog treat on the top of my bald head. He was looking for it, and then I growled like a dog and he tilted his head and his eyes widened. I hit the shutter.
I know a hundred ways to make a dog like the camea.
(I’m using a decade old Zeiss lens with my monochrome camera. A great combination)
That’s how I get the best portraits of my dogs. What does a portrait show, anyway?
I think it shows a lot.
I try to keep perspective on my dogs. We all love our dogs and think them beautiful and adorable. I don’t think Bud is adorable, really, I think he’s so ugly in many ways that he is cute.
Fate is a beautiful dog to me, her coloring eyes, classic head and shape.
Red is beautiful in a dog-handsome kind of way also. Bud is not beautiful, he looks like Edward G. Robinson on a good day, and Winston Churchill most other days.
Not bad comparisons, if you have to look like somebody.
But he is beautiful to me, and I smile when I look at him. I do not go around showing photographs of him to people talking about how gorgeous he is.
His face has great character. His eyes suggested intelligence and focus. He gives off the aura of great wisdom (a fallacy, I think.) Bud is a serious dog most of the time. He worships food and disgusting things to eat.
Sometimes I see sadness in his eyes, but this is a projection, I know he had a rough time for most of his life, but I doubt he remembers much of that. He is too busy.
I’m curious to know what others see in that face.
I think I love him all the more because he us ugly, this is a fact that has seen too much in its young life.
He is affectionate when he is not racing around, minding everybody else’s business.