Dogs. Dawgs. Dogz… People

Are you taking my picture?

Krewe of Barkus.

Masking dogs. Masking people. I remember when only the dogs masked. Their people just came along for the ride. Not so much. Anymore. Even people who do not have a dog walking in the Mardi Gras parade come masked. And, anonymous.

I’ve been using all of the first week Mardi Gras to just make pictures. I haven’t been photographing it as an event. I will later this week. The first few days were to make pictures. Pure and simple. I’ve had a great time doing that.

Except for one thing. I tried to pick something up on my right side. On the ground. I know better. Next thing you know, I was on the ground. I fell in slow motion. In sort of a corkscrew. Protecting my gear. Luckily, there were two of New Orleans’ finest standing three feet away. They helped me up, asked if I needed an EMT and sat with me for a few minutes. I wasn’t hurt. I was embarrassed. I know not to put that kind of downward pressure on my right hip.

Oh well. That didn’t stop me from working. I just wished that I wore a mask.

The pictures. See them, press the button.Make sure that you’ve set everything in the camera the way that you’d like. There’s a lot of post production to do if you don’t. Almost no post production was needed on these ten pictures.

I have two days off before the run up to Mardi Gras Day begins. I’d better use them wisely. You too.

Butterfly dog.


All in white.
Pretty cocker spaniel.


    1. I like the cocker, but well, you know. 🙂 I don’t usually fall. I’ve still got that going for me. I just know not to pick up something lying flat on the replaced hip side. I usually turn around so my other hipp is the lead hip. Not this time…


  1. Falling is rotten! I hope you’re ok with no residual impact. I know the feeling…(the embarrassing part, not the bad hip part)…we went on a walking tour to visit St. Louis Cemetery #1 the last time we were in NOLA and I tripped in the first three minutes, scraping my knees and the sidewalk and shocking the other tourists. I know they assumed I’d had a Hurricane (I hadn’t). But I saved the camera!

    I really like the posts where you publish multiple pictures that you took while on the go, because I can learn from their composition.

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    1. I’m fine. It really was silliness on my part. I know to use a golf pick up move, which means plant my left foot and rise my right which is the one that has the metal hip. Instead, I just reversed it. I knew I did it when I did it. There were two of NOLA’s finest standing there. They were more worried about me than we were. It cost one of us a selfie with the cops. 🙂

      Thank you for that. I’ll tell you the secret to taking pictures on the run. Get yourself into a zone. You can talk with people, but don’t think. Just work. Hard to do. I have a whole bunch of routines that I do to get to that place. The composition comes naturally in those moments. Sort of like the zen of archery. A student comes to a Buddhist monk and wants to learn archery. He tries for ten years. He thinks that he’ll never be any good. So, he thinks “the heck with it, ” pulls an arrow from his quiver and shoots it without thinking. Bullseye. He does it again.

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