Friday, February 15, 2013

Altadena, on Sam Merrill Trail



Virginia, a professional photographer who knows her way around a stranger, seduces her subjects with, "Do y'all mahnd if Ah tayke your picture?" She can get away with that, she's from Alabama.



I just raise the camera and say,



"Hey, give us a smile."



It works, most of the time.



But it pays to be careful; we're a litigious society. This guy, for instance, was not amused and threatened to sue.

33 comments:

  1. Basset hounds are notoriously sensitive. You're lucky he didn't kill you.

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  2. I guess people respond well to your large new camera, the one that makes you look like a photographer? Maybe dogs think you're sucking out their soul.

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  3. Sometimes a payoff in the form of a biscuit can help.

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  4. Is that guy's name Tony? I know a guy who looks like him.

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  5. Yes, as you can tell that Basset is a killer so we give him a wide berth.

    The guy, I think he looks more like a Stanislav or a Serge.

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  6. I love the authentic smiles on those hoop players--

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  7. That basset was definitely giving you the stink eye...

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  8. That's actually the Basset's "come hither" look for the camera...and hoping Hiker's got a biscuit...

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  9. I like those human shots! And I like Bassets. They're thinkers. They don't abide shallow humans. He can tell you're not shallow. And he'd never resort to something as trite as a lawsuit.

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  10. The rock formation is giving you the thumbs up. {That's the thumbs up, not the finger.} I think the Basset looks like he's doubting he's worthy enough to be photographed. Those expressive eyes can't seem to help themselves...

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  11. The important thing is that you've developed your own style, your own approach, and then you got the shot. Big cameras inspire.

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  12. I have a hell of a time asking people for a snapshot. I'm going to ask my TERO crew anyway. A lot of stories in those faces. How does K do it?

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  13. Fun shots! The Basset looks like a philosopher, don't you think?

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  14. Because some of you (you know who you are) have kicked my ass to make nice with the tractor, I now know the immediate respect one receives when carrying around a giant camera at a catered event. Pictures tomorrow, and you're to blame.

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  15. Karin and Lady V tripping the park fantastic? I wanna see the morning after!

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  16. I think it's best to get a Basset hound's paw print on a release -- with the standard attorney fee clause -- before clicking the shutter. They can go sideways on you.

    Aren't hikers a happier-than-your-average-person bunch?

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  17. Delightful portraits! Looking forward to more photos from your outings with the tractor.

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  18. I think I ran into that last guy at the vets yesterday

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  19. Love portraits!

    The look of the basset hound remember me Flora... she also did not liked cameras...

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  20. That's why I like taking pictures with the iPhone. I can click on the go with one hand so people don't have a chance to come smack me. Thank goodness the local dogowners and walkers know about the blog and why we're constantly aiming the phone at their dogs :)

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  21. You'd have gotten the last guy to smile if only you'd had a hot dog in your pocket. I don't think a biscuit would be enough.

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  22. Yeah, you young sexy gals just have to sling an arrow of a one-liner at your targets and they're ready to strike a pose for Playboy or GQ at your command. But old dogs like me will usually get a dirty look.

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  23. I pointed my camera at a French bulldog today who said demurely, "I wish you wouldn't." I took the picture anyway. What's she gonna do? Boz doesn't like having his picture taken either, but he digs his celebrity.

    Nice people shots. I am a big chicken. I think this says more about how I feel when a strange camera is pointed at me than how I think most people feel.

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  24. Great photos, Karin. I can see you (and your tractor) in the people's expressions.

    Louise hates getting her picture taken. Tommy is indifferent. He ignores the camera and focuses all his attention on the treat.

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  25. Funny thing about the dogs. My dogs have always been complete hams, just like Tommy and Thor. The stable dog who is easy going in every other respect, slinks away like I'm about to beat him whenever I bring out the camera.

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  26. I had two bassets over the years. Loosy for 8 years and Molly for 14. Bassets are witty conversationalists, but with a stubborn streak. They seem not to have the capacity to bite, but they can drown you with slobber when they start to shake their heads to clear the cobwebs. When that starts, run for cover. While they may look dumb and sad, they are neither.

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  27. It was fun to see you Saturday at the exhibition!

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  28. DB, you're right, they are witty and love to laugh. Plus, I love their prehistoric feet.

    Ann, good to see you, too. I wish my wedding pix had been better. Maybe I can get one worth posting.

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  29. Ranger really hates the camera and I suspect it might disrupt his ability to read my face:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/dogs-human-expressions_n_1186639.html

    Actually, he can read me pretty well. He knows when I'm getting ready to leave the house even before I put my shoes on, he knows when I'm preparing food and not just cleaning up, he also follows my finger when I point to something, I think he's pretty clever overall. So maybe having the camera disrupt his line of sight might look to him like one giant disapproving eyeball. He's certainly better at relating to me than my two rabbits who behave like four-footed two year olds. They only recognize the rattling of the bag of dried cherries when I get it from the cupboard. Granted, they're also adorable, fluffy binkymeisters, but they're two year olds just the same.

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  30. Bellis, I didn't realize you were quoting me until just now. I'm honored. Or horrified.

    Paula, did I ever tell you that Babalu comes when called? Or he used to. He's at least 8 now and either deaf or obstinant.

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  31. That's so cool especially for a Dutchie as they're supposed to be pretty attitudinal. And I don't think I've heard of anyone else naming their bunner Babalu, usually it's Bentley or Mocha or Princess Something Or Other. Keating knows his name and has come once or twice but I don't expect it will ever become a regular thing. The Landy Maude Marie (DH gave her a third name) IS an adorable two year old. Nuff said.

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  32. that guy looks a lot like Albert Einstein

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