Given the nature of this WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, it was only reasonable to expect at least one more photo for the Face.
Given our love for our four-legged fur-friends, aka dogs, it is only logical to include one of those faces that just melts our hearts on a fairly regular basis…
Dora, or the Bean, knows how to throw a cute face in our direction, which appears to be an innate skill. This underscores the importance of facial expressions, as Bean has used this ability very adroitly at times when she knew that she had done something that she shouldn’t. But what are you going to do when this face looks at you like that? We are powerless 🙂
Hopefully, this face makes you smile, as it does us.
Captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. Exposure settings were 1/500s at f/3.5 and 400 ISO.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Face ep. 3”
Such wisdom in that gentle face!
Yes, there may be, but will she use her powers for good? 🙂
That face certainly makes me smile! Beautiful shot.
What a sweetie/ wat een moppie :o)
Echt een lieverdje!
Adorable, Frank! So Dora is another one of your dogs, huh? You have really beautiful pets. What blessings.
Thank you, Debbie! They are more than pets, as they are fur kids and companions. They are all special to us, as you can tell 🙂
Aw, so absolutely adorable. Is it any wonder they rule our lives and hearts?
They do know how to control us humans 🙂
Oh, they sure do! 🙂
Great picture, but with a subject like that how could you miss.
No need to always make it difficult 🙂
Adorable and great DOF. Makes me want to see more of your work.
Following you now. Have a great day! 🙂
Thank you very much!! I really appreciate your kind words.