Lately, husband and I have been renting a lot of movies from RedBox. One of the latest movies we've watched was "A Dog's Purpose." Talk about water works! I don't want to spoil the movie if you haven't watched it yet. We've got two dogs, a Staffy (Jameson) & a Yorkie-Chihuahua mix (Stella), which made this movie hit home for me. I definitely recommend if you're and absolute animal/dog lover like me.
Anyway, I'm still messing around with flash on my Mini7S, which I've learned that artificial lighting is just as good as natural lighting… That may be a "duh" for most of you, but I'm not a big-time photographer and I don't know much about this subject. I mention this fact because this photo of my dog, Jameson, came out so well. I've wasted 3 or 4 exposures before this because I was choosing the wrong setting (indoors/dark instead of clear in a well-lit room). Finally did it right today with this photo; I used the clear setting and blocked the flash so it didn't bounce off the window.
…but the real reason why I made this post was not to talk about how great this picture came out, or how I did it. It's really about what I get out from this picture.
We are in the midst of a move, and everything send to be a little chaotic in our families lives. It doesn't seem like we have enough time in the day to relax! Yet, here's Mr. Jameson, sitting outside in the Arizona sun (morning) just taking in everything around him. I definitely envy him because he doesn't really have to worry about too many things in his life, but I guess I can learn a thing or two from him.
It makes me think about Bailey in "A Dog's Purpose." We have longer lives than dogs but we hardly find the time to enjoy it. Makes me also wonder if dog reincarnation is really a thing and what or who Jameson was before in his past life/lives. Is that the reason why he's so calm and chill? Either way, he does make me realize that sometimes I just need to step back from my chaotic life and just chill.
Take notice of the ordinary and learn to appreciate them… crazy things to learn from a dog.