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Photos Great But The Book Isn't
on December 6, 2014
I love dogs, and I've been partners with about a dozen over the decades. And I love photography. I used to be a professional photograpger, and when I had a studio in Wisconsin, people would drive over a hundred miles from Chicago for pet pportraits, so I think that means I was good.
But I was sorely disappointed by this book.
Photohraphers paint with light, and dogs can be difficult to do, because that hair soaks up the light, and you lose detail, but these photographs are excellently lit. Dogs have very expressive faces, and it's difficult to get an unfamiliar dog to stay where you want him, and get his face pointing where you want it; they want to come up to you, which makes it impossible to frame the image - but these photos are expertly posed and composed, and expressive.
But the pictures are so SMALL. They could be larger with the book remaining vertical, and really, it's not really a burden to turn a Kindle sideways. We do that when we're watching videos, right? It presents a problem to twist things if you're using a reading app on a desktop computer, but they have a larger screen in the first place, so you can turn the app into horizontal format without physically moving the screen.
But like I said, these are great photos. They stand on their own and the narrative is largely unnecessary. Another book of dog pics that are licensed for users to take video captures for Windows wallpaper would be a great idea.