Dogs and the Totem Pole

dog being petted

Dog Being Petted

Dogs live in a hierarchical society. So everybody and that means both humans and other dogs are ranked on a totem pole. The one on top is the “top banana”. The “top banana” gets all the extras including the better food.

One of the way dogs show that you are the boss, is by licking you and cleaning you. This Labrador Retriever is enjoying her work of …

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Hummingbirds in Winter: Vancouver, BC

hummingbirds in their nest

Hummingbirds in Their Nest

Canada is not known for nice and warm winters. Vancouver is one of the warmest place in Canada in winter, but not this year. This February has been the coldest ever February. We’ve had more snow this February than ever. We’ve been the most cold ever, 10°C below our “normal” temperatures.

These 2 hummingbirds did a nest in the bush just across from …

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Dog at Granville Island: Vancouver, BC

dog on owner's lap

Dog on Owner’s Lap

This lady was waiting with her dog and finally her friend came. The dog staid at the table.The dog was well behaved and calm but she made sure that she was the center of the attention. After all she’s the boss since she’s in the middle.

Technical

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO 500 and 1/1250
Lens: Canon 70-200L/f4 …

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Waiting by Terra Breads

dog waiting

Dog Waiting

This photo was taken just off the Vancouver Seawall, at one the busiest coffee/bakery place: Terra Bread.

This black dog was waiting without being leashed. He staid there. He didn’t move, he didn’t go around sniffing or whatever. He waited.

I was there for about 5 minutes and he made sure that he would ignore people or other dogs. There’s a lot of pedestrian …

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Dog Waiting

dog waiting

Dog Waiting

This dog is not worried, but he’s waiting. I don’t know what he’s waiting for, but he thinks that something is coming. I’m sure that he thinks that he’s earned a biscuit but the incompetents human (me, in this case) either doesn’t understand or can’t remember. So eventually, I gave up and gave him his so-called “hard-earned” biscuit.

He looks like …

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XMas Gathering: Vancouver, BC

group photo of dogs: Vancouver, BC

Dog Group Photo

This photo was made after the Vancouver Emily Carr “petting’athon” for Emily Carr students. It’s not easy to get so many people and dogs ready at the same time, especially with a dozen people jumping in front of me to make a photo.

Technical

Camera: Canon 7D Mark II ISO 400 and 1/30
Lens: Canon 24-70L/f4 @97mm and f/7.1
Processed with …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Variable Zoom

At the beginning of the X serie, Fuji started with zoom lenses, the XF-18-55mm f/2.8-f/4 and the XF-55-200mm f/3.5-f/4.8. Now Fuji is mostly known for their fixed lenses.

The nice thing, about these variable zooms, is that they were great bargains. Small, cheap and have pretty good optical quality.

The problem with these variable zooms is that they are variable zooms …

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Blue: a Beagle

blue: a beagle

Blue: a beagle

Blue is supposed to be a dog. She’s not a dog. She’s a nose on 4 wheels. She doesn’t listen to anything or anybody. Even food doesn’t distract her from her sniffing. She’ll keep tracking the smell. That’s why, when going outside, she’s always on a leash. Occasionally, she has to be on the leash even in the house!

When …

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Merlot

Dachshund at the park

Merlot, the sausage, aka a Daschund

Merlot was a “good sausage”, aka a smooth coat Dachshund. He just passed away. It’s very difficult. Dogs (and cats by the way) are not children, but they are members of the family and it hurts when they are gone.

Camera: Pentax K20D ISO 800 and 1/90
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro @790mm and f/11
Processed with …

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Mastiff: Vancouver, BC

mastiff waiting patiently

Mastiff Waiting Patiently

This Mastiff was waiting for her owner. She’s very big and most people were afraid of her. She didn’t do anything. She didn’t make any noise, no barking, no whimpering. She didn’t even looked at people in the eyes. She didn’t like having to stay and wait for her owner. But everybody was crossing the small sidewalk to avoid her. Dogs can …

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Instagram and Black and White Hashtags

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for a small billion dollars in April 2012. Everybody said that Zuckerberg is an idiot and overspent by a lot. 7 years later, Facebook and Instagram represent 80% of all the images on the Internet and 95+% of all the advertising related to images. Nobody competes with Facebook/Instagram when it comes to advertising and photos.

As a photographer, I’m more …

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