Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Group Portrait PhotoBomb

Each of our dogs has a nice stay & wait command.  

Beth struggles wth this the most.  But she will do it when I ask, although sometimes I need to employ a nail gun and duct tape to get her stay in one place.  Typical bouncy border collie.


Bonnie's stay is flipping fantastic.  She even held her stay the other day when a man rolled over her tail with his wheel chair.  She just freaked out a bit after the fact.  


One of the reasons why I have so many fantastic shots of Brynn is her drop dead perfect stay & wait.  Especially if she has the ball clutched in her paw. 


We all know Ranger has a good stay.  He poses like a champ whenever Camera Face is around.  


He even holds still enough for me to get close up shots of his eye ball peepers.


Since all the dogs have a fairly good stay, why is it we do not have a good 'family' portrait? 

I have struggled with this for months.  
I have tried the damn clicker & treats.  
I have tried crying, whimpering, pleading, begging.  Nothing has worked.  

I can get the girls to cooperate...they hold their stays in a group like a dream. 


Then from out of nowhere he strikes! 

Ranger, the Photo Bomb!

The looks on Bonnie and Brynn's faces say it all. 


The girls stay put and give me a lovely smile...then PHOTO BOMB strikes again.  


Dammit Ranger! 


RANGER KNOCK IT OFF!  STAY!  


"Who, me?"


Now he stays....*facepalm*

9 comments:

Lynn said...

Gotta love 'em, that Ranger!

food for thought said...

i am falling in love with your dogs, mine are losing their rosy glow whenever i see youe~

sagechronicles said...

I can hear Ranger now: "But that's all the fun of it Mom....."

Karen said...

Oh that Ranger!:)
A couple of days after we adopted Luna, we tried for a family portrait out in the snow (3 dogs, 4 humans). I was holding Luna, as she didn't have a good stay, and we were all new to her anyway. The camera was set on self timer, 10 shots. When you click through all those 10 photos fast, it is like one of those little flip books where it is like a rudimentary movie, with each shot changing just slightly to create motion. Yes, we have a little 'movie' of her starting to struggle and then leaping out of my arms.
Jake and Luna think 'stay' means down, which is fine with me most of the time, but makes it hard to pose photos of them on their own, of course unless you want them laying down.
And then what do I see but my profile picture of them all posing sitting up. Dogs and kids, they'll make a liar out of you every time:)

Corbin said...

Can't stay mad at a face like Rangers! He's handsome!
-Corbin

Fauka said...

Oh! I love BC! It's my favorite breed and It's most popular breed in Poland. You have beautiful photos and dogs! I read about my dogs, but in polish language...

RYKER said...

Oh Ranger, your such a clown...we love you!

Hillcrest Border Collies said...

Have you tried them in a sit stay with someone else managing the dogs while you manage the camera?
I do this TONS! I did it the other day with 14 Border Collies (10 were mine).

The Thundering Herd said...

Chuckling - like I would even attempt a stay with all of The Herd at once. That is what Photoshop was made for.