Friday, March 27, 2009

Your Opinion Counts

Hello there!

I forgot to put this little guy up as part of my last post, so thought I'd let him introduce today's. I cropped this down from a wider angle, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it came out.

Today's post is going to be an easy one for me. I'm just going to ask you to do all the work! It's election day in Flartopia, due to two pertinent facts, as follows:

1) Miss Chef and I finally replaced our old color printer last month. Since last summer, we had been limping along on my ancient, but incredibly reliable, black and white printer from 1997. Most of the time it doesn't matter, but having a digital camera and no way to print photos just sucks. Thanks to Circuit City's going out of business, we got quite a deal!

2) Last weekend I got some really great pictures of Rosie. As you may remember, she's very camera shy, looking away whenever she hears it whirring into action. It's even harder to get a shot of her ears perked up. Add to that the general difficulty in photographing black dogs, and the typical eyeglow from a flash, and there are many factors working against me.

But as I finished my latest round of spring pictures, and headed to the front stoop, Rosie stood there distracted by the neighbors across the street. As my mind started to say, "I wish I had a camera," I suddenly realized that a miracle had occured, and I actually DID!

So I managed to get off four shots before the neighbors went inside and Rosie gave me that "Hey, what do you think you're doing?" look. When I loaded them onto the computer, I couldn't decide which one I liked the best.

That's where you all come in--I want to print out one picture for the doggy frame on my desk at work, and I want you to vote on which one I should use! I'm very interested in what you'll like best, since you've never seen her in person. My main focus is in trying to capture what I know of her personality; I wonder which one captures her best for you?

Do me a favor and only vote for one--though you can change your mind if you want. I know which one I like least; please don't pick that one. (j/k) Oh, and don't think I am an amazing technical photographer--most of these were cropped, and every one was run through a photo editor to fix some lighting issues. You can click on them to biggerize them, if you feel the need.

Alrighty, and the candidates are (drumroll):





Let me know in the comments what you think. And thanks for playing along!


  1. It is hard to pick one, I think they all are nice. I would pick #3 though. I really like that one because of the great expression on her face and the way it shows her pretty eyes.

  2. I picked #3 before I saw Jennifer's answer. The eyes are especially good, ears perked, coat silky, good expression.

  3. The last one. 4. Rosie looks happiest in that shot.

  4. And I had decided on #3 before reading the other comments! She looks intense, as if she's formulating thoughts that she wants to say out loud. Her coat is phenomenal - what a gorgeous shine!

    Nancy in Atlanta

  5. Looks like #3 is the popular choice. I too was leaning toward that photo because it is so expressive, but on closer examination it seemed to me like Rosie looked triggered. Almost aggitated or provoked. In the last photo, she's smiling! Call me crazy, but I think that's the better shot.

  6. I'm torn between 3 and 4!!!


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