100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 233 : Paul and Betty by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 233 : Paul and Betty

This stranger story is probably more about dogs than humans.

Ruby (my whippet) and I were returning to the car from our walk around Nottingham city centre. Our route took us through Nottingham Arboretum park, a beautiful urban green space within the city.

As we walked along a tree lined path I heard a bit of scurrying. It was a little dog running towards us, a miniature pinscher.

I pulled Ruby’s lead back as she can get a bit nervous around other dogs. She loves humans, but I am careful around other dogs as Ruby was bit by an Alsatian when we first got her, an unprovoked bite !

The dog’s owner said don’t worry she is OK.

We then had a chat about dogs, I learnt that she was a miniature pinscher and her name was Betty. I chatted about Ruby’s rescue dog history. Ruby had a nose to nose and Paul (Betty’s human owner) suggested I relax the lead a little. Ruby then sniffed Betty’s bottom …. “It’s how they get to know each other” Paul told me. Paul stroked Ruby and said her name suited her. At that point I think Betty objected to Ruby’s interest and had a little growl at her . We continued to have some dog chat and then I asked Paul if he would be part of my strangers project (with Betty of course).

I shot some photos under the canopy of the trees, but it was a bit too dark for good photos, so I suggested we moved a few metres up the path , outside of the canopy of trees and use a bush as a backdrop.

I rattled a few shots off and looked on the back of the camera to assure Paul they were OK. “It’s all about Betty” Paul said , "everyone remembers Betty rather than me".

I agree with Paul , that Betty does look cute, but the photo does capture both Paul and Betty rather well, so perhaps viewers will remember Paul just as much as Betty.

That was it, I thanked Paul and Betty for their time and Paul returned to his friend who had been watching the photoshoot proceedings !

I edited the photo in a new RAW editor , ART.

ART is a new and extremely streamlined fork of RawTherapee, ART, is a free, open-source, cross-platform raw image processing program.

I then did the mono tweaks in GIMP / G’MIC as I love the Black and White filter.

I think the pre processing of the ART software worked well and I will be using it again.
Loved reading your story! I agree - this image is about the two of them together and it's a lovely one.
October 1st, 2020  
Such crispness and clarity! A great portrait of Paul and Betty!
October 1st, 2020  
@casablanca thanks Casa' , i am really pleased how the photo turned out , my next stranger shot is rather "interesting" !!!
October 1st, 2020  
@allie912 thanks allison, i think the post processing gave the photo a bit more sparkle :)
October 1st, 2020  
I loved your story too and think Paul has a very distinctive face
October 1st, 2020  
Great capture
October 1st, 2020  
Fantastic portrait, Phil! They are a very nice pair. You should be making some money doing this!
October 2nd, 2020  
Great story and portrait...they both look memorable
October 2nd, 2020  
Great shot
October 2nd, 2020  
Great story and a wonderful portrait Paul has a very distinctive face and the little pincer is adorable !
October 2nd, 2020  
Nice shot Phil.
October 2nd, 2020  
Well done. Extremely beautiful double portrait of him and dog.
October 2nd, 2020  
Awesome pawtrait... and portrait ;)
October 2nd, 2020  
Fantastic shot Phil, you caught Betty & Paul beautifully. Love the background as it blurs nicely behind Paul. Betty looks rather like the Lancashire Heeler our son used to have.
October 2nd, 2020  
Another lovely result Phil, fav:)
October 2nd, 2020  
@busylady thanks judith i am really pleased how this turned out 😀
October 3rd, 2020  
@pdulis thanks peter 😀

@marlboromaam maggie it is just a hobby , if i do it professionally i have to set up a company, declare my income , pay tax etc. I am happy being an enthusiastic amateur 😀
October 3rd, 2020  
@annied thanks annie for your kind words😀
October 3rd, 2020  
@777margo thanks margo 😀😁
October 3rd, 2020  
@beryl bery it always a bit tricky when you have two "people" in the frame. Take care

@gamelee thanks lee, i am on a roll with my strangers
October 3rd, 2020  
@sangwann thanks dione i am pleased yoh like this

@nickspicsnz "pawtrait" ...i love it 😀
October 3rd, 2020  
@phil_howcroft It's getting harder to do just that too, sadly. Still, these folks should be happy with your portraits of them. They're great!
October 3rd, 2020  
@happypat thanks pat , i have done well with my strangers recently . I have one more to post from this trip to town 😀

@fbailey felicity thank you. My next story is quite an " interesting" one 😀😀
October 3rd, 2020  
Love your black & white shots. A Great sharp picture. Fav
October 4th, 2020  
It's definitely about both Paul and Betty and shows their companionship.
October 5th, 2020  
Nice portrait. Both memorable.
October 8th, 2020  
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