DS106 Assignment: Selfie with a Pet

Top Left: My 10-year-old pug, Roxie and me; Top Right: My 6-year-old cat, O’Malley and me; Bottom: My 4-year-old hound mix, Matthew

For this assignment, I didn’t want to take a selfie with just one of my pets because I have a lot, so I tried to take pictures with all of them. I decided to take the pictures individually because none of them likes to sit still for very long and they all like to fight for attention, so they get irritated when they have to be near each for more than 30 seconds. That’s why I figured a collage would be the easiest way to present them, which I made using a photo editing app on my phone, but even taking each picture posed it’s own complications.

When I take a selfie with Roxie, I have to make sure the background and lighting are perfect, or else you can’t see her very well and the image gets blurry. For this particular picture, I had to get her to look at the camera, which she doesn’t always like to do. Also, I am aware she looks sad, but that’s kind of just how she looks sometimes because of her wrinkles, and in this case, she had just gotten up from a nap.

O’Malley is always so great when I take pictures of him because he is very good at sitting still. I’ve noticed that he also likes to pose for pictures, so I just let him do his thing. The most I had to worry about when I took this picture was having decent lighting so we’d both show up.

Matthew gave me the most trouble. He’s quite the drama king and he hates sharing the spotlight with anyone. I tried my best for several minutes to take a picture with him, but he was not having it, and I didn’t want to push his buttons any more than I already had. Still, I didn’t want to leave him out, so I settled on taking a picture of just him, which he seemed okay with.

Despite the challenges, I’m happy with what I created, and I’m glad I got to spend some time with my pets.

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