Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pensive Lurker

More experimentation with the S700, as I start to get a little more comfortable with it ... I think the learning curve is going to be a challenge for while, but so far I'm having fun in my spare moments.

This is a shot I took of Rolly "lurking" in the hallway today, just outside my home office door. Both versions are cropped from the original, though by both of us. Fernymoss went for the more contextual frame, whereas I was looking to achieve a purely profile look.

Even though I was experimenting a bit, the idea behind this shot was to capture Rolly in his "lurking" mode ... for those who may not know him, Rolly is a regal dog's dog in his "twilight time" of life ... he turned 16 last November, and he has his good days and bad days now. At this point, he's pretty much deaf and has some difficulty with making his back legs do what he tells them to do ... But on the positive side, he's still interested in what's going on (when he's not snoozing, which he does a lot, lol) and has an appetite that would put a puppy to shame. He does a lot of "lurking" these days, peering around doorways and just generally making sure he knows what's going on around him ... he's always been able to stare down the most resolute and usually win. We used to refer to him jokingly as "Ole Laser Eye" when he would stare us down from the other room ... these days though, we fondly call him "Lurky" when we see him peering around corners ... from the kitchen, into the bedroom, from the dining room ... making it really hard to imagine what's going through his mind.

He sure can strike a pensive pose though, can't he?

Photo taken 1 April, 2008 with the S700. There's a good degree of zoom on this one, and in the natural light setting.


FARfetched said...

Rolly's regal too? So who rules the roost, him or Queen Pepa (approximately)?

We've got an old dog too: Samson, aka El Stupido, aka $#¡+ For Brains. I thought maybe Buster punched his ticket for him over the weekend, over a female in heat, but he was sprawled under the cypress yesterday when I got home, looking much the worse for wear but he gave me a doggie grin and a tail wag when I said hello. He ought to be happy; he finally got himself laid. :-P

Buster is also looking very well-chewed this week.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

LOL FAR! Well chewed, eh? See, the old guy still has the spark in him after all these years! You better hope that no one comes around with a basked of puppies in about 3-4 months!

Rolly's just an old sweetie despite his advancin senescence ... don't think he ever had much of a fighter in him. I think he learned early that being charming got him further, hehe. Oh btw, they both have a joint rule going on, but Queen Pepa does call most of the shots!

FARfetched said...

Basket of puppies.... *shudder*. The mom-to-be in question is at our rental place, although she actually belongs to their daughter-in-law (son is in Iraq, bummer). She was in a fence but he managed to crawl under or over it. They'd told her to get the dog fixed, but she never got around to it.


The thing is, as beat up as they are, they're *still* fighting. The in-laws' dogs come up here & pick fights. Michael Vick could have avoided a lot of issues had he just let dogs be dogs. :-P

olivia said...

You really captured the pensive, lurking look you described so well. Rolly sounds like a complete sweetheart of a dog.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Thx Toots! It took quite a few tries actually, but that's the beauty of the big new memory card, hehe. And yep, he is a real sweetheart, even with the limitations he has these days. But he's a true blue buddy still!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Old dogs are just the most beautiful thing in the world to me! Rolly is quite a stunning subject, so glad you are having fun with your new camera. My boxer boy is going on 10, which is old for a boxer, getting grayer every day.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi IGW, yes ... older dogs are magnificent because they show their wisdom and remind us of how far they've come in their relatively brief lives. Rolly is one of the most handsome dogs I've ever known, and his personality only cements his innately kind demeanor. He's definitely one of a kind!

I love your pics of your boxer boy ... he has such a wise face, I just wish I could have a conversation with him to see what he says ...