Tinsel & Watson & Doug. 2005

Yes, with my first two Corgi pals, Watson & Tinsel, I took took thousands of pictures of them over our ten years together.  I took lots of them because I loved those two and because digital "film" is cheap. 

 

About a year ago I got to looking though all of those pictures and reminiscing and discovered something awful.  I discovered that of all those pictures gathering electron dust on my computer's hard drive, only about three of them were of Watson &Tinsel and me together.  How could I have not realized that I needed to turn the camera around and include all of us?  I could have cried at my mistake.  I have pictures of them at home, on the coast, playing, playing with other people, posing, even some nice little videos.  But only three pictures of the three of us together, and none were especially good shots showing three smiling faces.

 

 

 

So today I set up my camera on the tripod, grabbed the remote shutter release and glommed onto Gromit and fired off a few frames.  That's not as easy as it sounds either, he's a big guy and isn't used to being picked up and despite my best efforts he refused to look at the camera.  It's clear that successful Corgi / Human pictures will take some work on my part.

 

Amazingly, it appears that I was doing it again with Gromit. That is, I have not been getting shots of us together; a quick search showed that today's shots are only the second or third shots I've got of the big, hairy guy and I and he'll be 2 years old next month.  I'm going to purposely be an ego maniac once in a while now and take more pictures of he and I when the opportunity arises.  Memories begin in the present.

 

 

 

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Comment by Sam Tsang on August 30, 2011 at 6:21pm
So true, Doug!
Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on August 30, 2011 at 3:31am
John, you could make progress with the "Look pretty" command if you got a snazzy cooling vest like Al and Gwynnie wear.
Comment by John Wolff on August 30, 2011 at 12:40am

You are so right, Doug.  The photos I like best on MyCorgi are the ones that show the dogs with their people.  They show the relationship.  We should all make more effort to enlist confederates and passersby to take pics of us.  There are some really good photographers here on MyCorgi that we've never seen.

Trouble is, most passersby don't know how to take a picture with an unfamiliar camera even without brandishing a dog treat in one hand.  I've taken some with a backpacker's tripod and a timer, but that is difficult.  Also, as I sheepishly admit, Gwynnie and Al know "Sit.  Stay.  Look pretty." as a tediously standard command, while I've mastered only the "Sit." and "Stay." parts.

Comment by Rachael & Waffle on August 29, 2011 at 11:52pm

I noticed this recently, too, and made my boyfriend take a bunch of pictures of me and Waffle together at the waterfall we hike to.  I need more pictures of us together, especially since that's the most important part!  Not him. Not me.  Us.

 

A picture with my boyfriend, my dog, AND myself in it would be most excellent.

Comment by Emily & Scout on August 29, 2011 at 11:45pm

Same here. We go hiking, so I have plenty of her on the trail, in the water, etc. but I wish I could get her to look at the camera on cue when I'm not the one holding it. Here is a hilarious attempt at a cute photo:

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Comment by Jessica & Johann on August 29, 2011 at 11:13pm

Now that I think about it, I think I only have 2 pictures of me and Johann together and he's 7 months now... all the rest are of him with other dogs, family, friends, etc.  He's my dog- I should have more pics with him too!

 

Good you realized this now instead of later! :)   

 

Oh and Gromit is ADORABLE!!!!! he's so BIG!!!!!  How much does he weigh??  I just wanna pet him :)

Comment by Potus on August 29, 2011 at 11:13pm

I'm the same. I seem to be the only one in the family tha either knows how to use the camera or has the thought to take photos. So the only shots I have of me and Po are the ones the breeder took when I picked him up and a few attempts at self portraits- Potus, like Gromit, does not seem to understand that he has to look at the camera. 

 

Best of luck with your photo sessions!

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