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Lydia


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Challenge: Weekend II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Feb 9, 2014
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2014

My mom's out of town, so ... I'm babysitting my "brother and sister" along with our own two inside dogs this weekend and part of next week.

Makes for quite an adventure! Ha!

I wish you all could see the second from the right (the only girl) sticking her tongue out at the one on the right. :D

At first, I envisioned them all of a bench. I set that up... asked young son to help hold them up there while I went back to the camera... that worked out amazingly well! They got a treat. Easy peasy!

Son declined the dog treat I offered him and went back to doing whatever young sons do; I set about editing the image (the ONE shot in which everyone was looking good).

The image was okay technically, but... it wasn't "fun".

I wanted fun.



So... I texted young son (do you text people in your house with you, as I do?) and told him we needed to "up our game a bit". He came back. (WHAT a sweetheart!)

I wish I had a photo of his face, though... when he saw the places that he was supposed to get all four to sit and stay. Ha!

The girl (2nd from right, remember...) isn't comfortable around men, I think, and wanted to jump down immediately. I told her what a good girl she was. Sometimes, the one on the far right likes to pretend that she and he are lovers and that neither of them have been "fixed". (WHY do we call having a dog "fixed" when they work just fine before then and don't after? Seems like it should be called having them "broken"... But, I digress.)

Since the girl does not appreciate these charming, lover-like actions, she usually just makes sure that she stays at my feet all the time. This was clearly not an option up on her perch with me telling her to stay ... as sweetly as I could from six feet away.

I love it that she's looking up at him... sticking her tongue out at him.

I should have done that to all of the young swains who wanted to be my lover as a teen. :D

Men! *grin*



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Place: 1 out of 85
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Avg (commenters): 8.5455
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Views since voting: 1948
Views during voting: 169
Votes: 89
Comments: 43
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02/19/2014 09:50:51 PM
Yeah!! So well deserved!
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02/19/2014 03:13:32 PM
Such a great picture, and an even better description of it!
I enjoyed reading the process behind the image.

Congrats on the blue!
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02/19/2014 02:57:45 AM
oh these are adorable - lovely concept. Debi
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02/18/2014 04:46:27 PM
So cute! Wonderful image, and how on earth did you get them to pose. ;) Congratulations on the blue!!
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02/18/2014 11:54:15 AM
what a wonderful picture. classic. well done.
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02/17/2014 11:12:34 PM
Love this. Soooooo fun.
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02/17/2014 07:35:24 PM
This is soooooo awesome!!!!!
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02/17/2014 07:22:26 PM
Perfect!!!!
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02/17/2014 03:49:45 PM
congrats! nice work! well deserved ribbon!
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02/17/2014 01:55:14 PM
Well worth the dog placating, 21_F.gif Lydiatoo.
It's a priceless image.
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02/17/2014 01:20:55 PM
So you are a dog trainer now :) I love it. Congrats with the blue!
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02/17/2014 12:49:35 PM
Congrats Lydia! you are a great tamer of dogs ...and frogs ;)
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02/17/2014 12:14:13 PM
LOL...what a great shot and a blue ribbon, too! Wonderful!
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02/17/2014 11:39:50 AM
This truly is a FUN shot. We can see the little tongue -- LOL. You are quite the animal trainer. Love the shot. Congratulations on the win.
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02/17/2014 11:19:17 AM
AWESOME! Love this picture.
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02/17/2014 11:07:02 AM
Congratulations! You always make it look so easy.
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02/17/2014 10:34:34 AM
WTG, Lydia! Absolutely fun!
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02/17/2014 06:06:18 AM
Lovely dogs, lovely image, great processing... congrats on the Blue, well deserved!
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02/17/2014 05:04:02 AM
Looks like you had fun but I'm not sure. Classic shot!
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02/17/2014 02:05:52 AM
this is excellent Lydia.
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02/17/2014 01:39:35 AM
LOL. Congrats Lydia. You sould have trained the men as well as these dogs are
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02/17/2014 01:08:35 AM
LOVE THIS !!!
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02/17/2014 12:48:08 AM
This really is quite the feat. Congrats on a very excellent photo shoot and the ribbon. Great story.
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02/17/2014 12:37:27 AM
Congratulations, Lydia. Great shot (and the girl makes it). Interesting notes.
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02/17/2014 12:22:49 AM
Great idea, Lydia! Congrats :)
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02/17/2014 12:21:25 AM
Wonderful! Indeed, fabulous! Congratulations on the blue, Lydia. And I love the narrative.
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02/17/2014 12:03:43 AM
Ha, very well done Lydia!

No surprise.
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02/17/2014 12:03:10 AM
AWESOME story. Oh, and cool ribbon, too. Did young son appreciate dog treat the second time around? :-)
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02/17/2014 12:02:35 AM
OMG Sheeeees back... Lookit you!!! you BIG DOG! sorry I couldn't resist that pun! CONGRATULATIONS
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2014 11:59:19 PM
Awwww!
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02/16/2014 11:55:53 PM
Fabulous! Top shot. 10
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02/16/2014 11:47:41 PM
Entertaining portrait. voted earlier
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02/16/2014 11:17:31 PM
Third one from the left: "You're doing it wrong!" ;-) Love this.
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02/16/2014 10:32:17 PM
incredible feat. you are the dog whisperer.
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02/16/2014 07:24:37 PM
Cute, but are you sure they're not all yours :)

Bump.
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02/15/2014 02:01:16 AM
Great play on words there! Now the real question is, how did you get them to stay still!? Extra kudos just for that!
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02/14/2014 12:13:45 AM
Such good dogs! Lydia, I'm guessing. Excellent wrangling job!
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02/11/2014 10:51:54 PM
Adorable. Great lighting and superb composition IMO.
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02/11/2014 12:51:11 PM
love this
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02/11/2014 11:19:56 AM
Top 3
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02/11/2014 01:30:54 AM
haha how did you get them to sit so still, classic
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02/10/2014 08:47:29 AM
OMG I just love that, particularly the one looking up with a slight tongue out. This is great. 10
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02/10/2014 12:21:10 AM
OH Love this... Is the little fluffy poodle-ish dog giving the raspberries to your Schnauzer?
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