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Chile – redux 4


Today I offer some critters….Chile-454

Working dogs on rt. 5 going north from La Serena towards Copiapo.


Donkeys grazing on the way up to a high pass. This is from a long series the rest of which I published back on November 18 2012, while we were traveling.


A bit of greener on the way back down. it’s impossible to tell here but those are not small grasses.


Bonus critters from rt.5, you have to love working dogs.


as promised…..

Havoc and friends…..I wish I’d taken this, ah well, at least he had fun. 

Havoc offers a number of set poses, variations on staring into the distance looking handsome and gazing into the lens looking hopeful. I’ve been trying expand his range and mine.

Gazing off into the distance, hopefully improved by the lighting.

Yet another profile, this one balanced by shadows and patterns.

Textures, no gazing.
The challenge in photographing dogs and children, is in taking pictures that would interest someone who doesn’t know the subject. I’m always asking how to make it something more than cute, what sets it apart from all the other portraits I’ve taken of dogs… ..sometimes it works, sometimes not so much… long as I look and learn….. I hope Havoc bears with me.

Kingston Dogs (part one)

I’ve been photographing dogs at the Kingston Farmers Market off and on all summer. It’s been a lot of fun, though the timing was much trickier than I thought…..people walking through the frame, dogs wandering off, the usual…and the endless frustration of beautiful black dogs loosing all depth in flat light and let’s not discuss the lighting problems of curly coated dogs.

A slightly different version of an image I posted earlier this summer.

This French Bulldog bossed the hell out of his two Boxer companions.

One way to advertise.

Only the little girl and I were paying any attention to these two.

More small dogs making friends.

The nice thing about photographing dogs is the owners always seem to be pleased and proud, unlike the parents of small children who are often suspicious and concerned (which I understand, but find depressing).

Hopefully I’m back to posting on a regular(ish) basis, I certainly took enough pictures this summer.


I rarely take photos that I like of my horses, in part because they are both 30ish now and showing their age. But I like these…..

Cap pretending he lives in Argentina.

Snake and Cap, this is in early spring and you can see the remains of their winter coats. They seem to take forever to shed out at this age.

Cap strolling and Sara hiding in the shade, she’s 30ish as well.

Havoc in early spring attempting to look mature while soaking up the late day sun.

Trouble on a hot, humid afternoon.

Squeek and Havoc, too hot to move…’s really summer now.

Sheep trials at Caora Farm

The sheep trials were at a new farm this year and it was a lovely set up from a spectators point of view. I hope it was as pleasant for competitors. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked, maybe next year I will be more organized.

Scoping out the competition.

A shy puppy making friends.

Waiting their turn.

New project……

I took this at the Farmers market in Kingston, NY. I’ve been wanting to do a series of dog portraits, so I now find myself stalking people at farmers markets. We’ll see how it goes, out of a dozen dogs this was the only one that really gelled. Ah well I’ve got all summer.

This kid was having the best time at the market. I wish I’d got his name.


Finally…….and everyone is thrilled…..

Squeek caffeinating….

Havoc resting up….

Trouble ready as usual…

I’ve been AWOL for awhile….Hopefully spring will find me posting with more regularity.

Again and again…..

Yesterday they threatened us with 5 inches of snow and we barely got 2 inches. Today we were promised rain and this is what we got

The snow covered mounds in the lower left are my ancient (30 and 29 years old respectively) thoroughbreds.

I have been using the few bits on sun I get in my house (when it’s not snowing) to work on my pet portraits.

Trouble, I can’t believe he’s almost two.

Havoc, he is just over a year old now.

Squeek, we don’t discuss her age, note the grey eyebrows.

My house gets hardly any direct sun, it’s on the north side of a hill and shaded by mature trees…’s wonderful in the summer…..but you starve for vitamin D in the winter. So it’s interesting to try and use the little bit I do get. I’ll have to see what else I can do with it, besides pet portraits.