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He loves you more than he loves himself !

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 11 August 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
~ Josh Billings

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/200 second F/2.8 ISO 80 6 mm


"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

A fantastic monochrome - always the right perspective, tone, and composition: you are an artist.

11 Aug 2009 5:17am

Kasra from Tabriz, Iran

I believe this too, great presentation :)

11 Aug 2009 5:30am

rem_la from villiers, France

il attend sagement son maitre !

11 Aug 2009 5:43am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A great angle you've photographed this from and it works perfectly in black and white.

11 Aug 2009 6:53am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Quite right ! And a great portrait!

11 Aug 2009 7:56am

amir from tehran, Iran

perfect shot with brilliant title :) dogs are so lovely animals. I really love them. tanx

11 Aug 2009 8:02am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great tones and composition. Love the quote too, it's so true.

11 Aug 2009 8:03am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, Their love is sincere and without ulterior motive. Good day.

11 Aug 2009 8:08am

djedfre from schaumburg, Afghanistan

excellent shot - nice tones!

11 Aug 2009 9:50am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Beautiful shot!
Love the tones and angle
This is truly a piece of art - well done :)
Great title

11 Aug 2009 10:03am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely strong structure to this composition

11 Aug 2009 10:18am

Mags from Paris, France

Nice processing!

11 Aug 2009 10:25am

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

you got him in a funny position - two legs on the upper step and two legs on the lower steps ... I wonder "for whom the bell tolls" ;-) A shot in excellent quality.

11 Aug 2009 11:14am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

I like the processing on this. Great composition and adorable dog!!

11 Aug 2009 11:49am

Lynn from United States

Oh, how true that is!!! Love your perspective...great pose...and as always your b/w's are EXCELLENT!!!

11 Aug 2009 11:49am

rian from mobile, United States

yep, that's true.. that's why he's man's best friend.. :) beautiful doggy portrait, love the tones too.. nice work! :D

11 Aug 2009 12:29pm

khadi from New Delhi, India

What a beautiful dog. I really like the sharpness of this image and the tones.

11 Aug 2009 12:35pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A remake of the early 1900's RCA logo.......Beautifully done Mariana! ;-)

11 Aug 2009 1:02pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

11 Aug 2009 1:14pm

cindy brown from United States

VEry nice! Dogs make wonderful photos!!

11 Aug 2009 1:39pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom


11 Aug 2009 1:57pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Yes, evocative and story telling... Great light and details (even in the shadows)! Just love it!

11 Aug 2009 2:02pm

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

great shot

11 Aug 2009 2:07pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

That is true!
Great picture I like it.

11 Aug 2009 2:57pm

Mahboubeh from Raleigh, United States

Nice ! but if he trust you he would do that ! :)

11 Aug 2009 3:10pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

very nice texture

11 Aug 2009 3:20pm

don Wiley from Spokane, United States

A beautiful dog posed just righty for a fine portrait. I like his panting and the how he looking off to the side. Fine image.

11 Aug 2009 3:21pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

godd dog, very fine portrait

11 Aug 2009 3:30pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Aaaaah yes!!! What a beautiful pup! Love the b&w processing..the simple composition. My kind of image - :-)

11 Aug 2009 3:36pm

@Marcie: oh, ya . You are incredible lover of dogs :))) The same as my friend who is owner of this pretty Rascal :)))

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States


11 Aug 2009 3:42pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

really? hmmm I think my dog already proved that. he always waits for the last person in the house to go upstairs before he goes to his bedroom(or rather, our bedroom) and sleep. very lovely creatures, dogs are. I think humans and dogs are in the same level when it comes to understanding emotions. they know when you're angry, happy, sad, they just know. anyway, this is a lovely portrait of a mutt. his face looks like he's on guard and at the same time, he looks like he wanna play! dunno what's running on his mind. nice work Mariana :D

11 Aug 2009 3:46pm

@shoti: Rascal is super dog, very well trained. He got a sign - HOLD ! And he stays like that till he get - let's go :)))) It is never a problem to take a super shot of him while he is on HOLD :))) Thanks Shoti !!

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Quite right! beautiful images to illustrate the posture of this excellent dog pragmatic! not so stupid! Superb!!!

11 Aug 2009 4:09pm

Andy from United States

What a beautiful dog! Love the processing you did here.

11 Aug 2009 4:27pm

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

great great shot ! the framing is fantastic and the B&W, just a little sepia is perfect !

11 Aug 2009 4:36pm

Jaol from Canarias+Asturias, Spain

Beautiful English setter (at a guess). Brilliant b/w and composition.

11 Aug 2009 4:44pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Super B+W processing. I love the look on his face.

11 Aug 2009 5:03pm

Mia from Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Aww, so CUTE! Makes me want to play with his ears. :) I like the waiting look in his eyes, its true and sadly taken for granted too, that dogs love you more than they love themselves.

11 Aug 2009 5:29pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excellent photo! I like the tone as you because I agree with your comment the dog's best friend is his master

11 Aug 2009 6:30pm

peter from new york, United States

aww doggies!! hehe great shot : )

11 Aug 2009 6:34pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Joli portrait de ce chien magnifique! Mais pourquoi est-il tenu en laisse, la cravate autour du cou ?

11 Aug 2009 6:44pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Nice shot, great angle of a magnficent dog.

11 Aug 2009 7:03pm

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nicly composed
well done
so clear shot

11 Aug 2009 7:24pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a sentence that really true truth, the animals have an immoderate love for their master, the opposite is unfortunately not always true!
beautiful image, mariana and nice quote!

11 Aug 2009 7:39pm

philippe from moselle, France

un portrait nickel, belle bête !!!!!

11 Aug 2009 8:34pm

Richard Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

A dog will always be the best friend you ever have, I have two, and could never imagine life without a dog as a companion.

11 Aug 2009 9:22pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

I would call this "anxiously waiting" due to the tongue sticking out and the dog's anticipation that his/her master will arrive anytime soon. great shot in mono! =]

11 Aug 2009 9:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Yes, he will! Our poodle is the same. That is such a gorgeous shot.

11 Aug 2009 9:49pm

Ken from United States

Perfect portrayal.

11 Aug 2009 9:54pm

Ginnie from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

That is so true! What a precious portrait, Mariana.

12 Aug 2009 12:28am

Nadia Olisa from Canberra, Australia

awww, this is just precious! :)

12 Aug 2009 12:40am

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

as always, you present it very well, love the tone..

12 Aug 2009 1:52am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

This is beacuse dogs are mostly like lovely babies of 2---3 years old! Babies are cute and so are dogs!!! What I said has scientific evidence!~~~

12 Aug 2009 2:40am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

An excellent portrait. And there are no truer words.

12 Aug 2009 3:14am

Dulcie from Danville, United States

What a beautiful dog; so well captured and in such a beautiful monotone! The love of a dog...nothing to match it.

12 Aug 2009 4:25am

Ivar from Indianapolis, United States

Great composition and processing. And yes they love you more than they love themselves...

12 Aug 2009 11:27am

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

oh..a great photo, so well composed, the text touches as well

12 Aug 2009 4:36pm

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

Very striking, indeed. The contrast of forms and lines and the tones and textures make this such a rich looking image. It's lovely, too!

13 Aug 2009 7:51am

Sur Lô from verdun, France

I am sorry not to be present for the moment on the blogosphère, but I have big personal concerns and I am much less diligent than I was her before. I respect you consider I, I am a person honnete and sincere then svp do not accuse me of etre arrogant person. I would come to see your blog, tres soon.
Good wind lô

14 Aug 2009 5:15am

@Sur Lô: thanks for your reply ! I never expect some body to like my photos just because of my comment to his/ her shots . BUt what I expect is at least to say - hello, thanks . I understand you were busy, so all is fine :)) Regards !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite composition and light and tones. Beautifully done.

14 Aug 2009 5:50pm

Tomix from France

lovely portrait!! i like the tones and great angle!

14 Aug 2009 10:30pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous dog! Wow! The contrast is fabulous!!! Great perspective and framing. I like it a lot :))

15 Aug 2009 4:40am

grant from kansas city, United States

excellent light and angle!

16 Aug 2009 1:31am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

He is beautiful and just like my Skye, they would make a good pair :) Thank you for sharing this

6 Oct 2010 2:44pm

moncler from putian, China

Merci pour la le?on de photographie si utile à l'heure du numerique et du vite fait ..sans réfléchir .
j'aime l'atmosphère de ce cliché et ce qu'il évoque , chacun peut s'y retrouver quelque soit son pays
et créer plusieurs histoires ...

30 Dec 2010 7:11am

hervelegerelite from putian, China

You are one great photographer! All combined with great creativity and humanity. I know I've said many times (I think) but never mind repeat ... You are a role model for me! Your pictures are all an incredible strength. So it is with your words! I ask you not leave us! It is a pleasure and a great incentive to follow the "red. " With all my love and admiration Happy New Year full of love and life! Cheers! A hug, Adela

8 Jan 2011 7:47am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/200 second
ISO 80
6 mm