I’ve written in the past about photographing our dogs and I’ve used pictures of my dog Lucy to demonstrate a few photo-enhancing techniques.
Our little Lucy died last week. And I am heartbroken to lose her.
Lucy came into my life as a puppy a couple of weeks after my Dad passed. She was crazy, mischievous, independent, joyfully un-trainable and seriously afflicted with little dog syndrome. She was fearless! And she brought a happiness and life back to this old house at a time when I didn’t think it possible.
She grew to be a wonderful dog—happy, funny, sweet, smart, affectionate, and more than a little on the ornery side. She was queen dog of the universe…and beyond! She was an uncontrolled kisser and a ball of crazy, enthusiastic, happy energy. It was only in these last few years that she slowed down. Through all that time, she was my constant companion, my confidant, my ferocious little defender and my partner in crime. But more than anything, she truly was my very best friend for almost 17 years. I love her dearly and I will miss her forever…
It seems to me that there’s a part of grief that makes you frantic to hold onto every recollection, desperate to try to calm the fear that you might one day forget. Every memory of someone gone becomes so important, so cherished. Right now, I’m going through that with Lucy, intent on re-living our times together in my mind, in the hopes that those moments will burn permanently into my brain. Never forget…
And that’s where photography comes in.
Over these past few days, I’ve been scouring my computer’s hard drive, finding every last photo of my little dog. Every one I find is like gold, a treasure that I want to lock safely away so that I can keep my Lucy with me always.
And it occurs to me that maybe that’s the most wonderful thing about photography. Beyond all the technical stuff—the exposure, white balance, focus points, etc.—there’s the amazing way that photos can hold a memory for you and keep that moment—one that would otherwise be gone—in your life and with you forever.
That said, here are some pictures of my sweet Lucy…rest in peace, my little friend…. 💔
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.