The Smiling Frog (Three Photographs)

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Many years ago I was visiting a film set for a dog food commercial. The Director pointed to one of the dogs then turned to the handler and asked, “Can you get it to smile?” I found this funny and got some dark looks for my laughing. Of course the handler had others dogs and they found one that suited the director. In photography I have noticed that anthropomorphism is one of those things that has impact, the more people can ascribe a human emotion or expression to the animal, the more they seem to like it (with the exception I suppose of angry grizzlies).



17 responses

  1. She likes to be photographed 🙂

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    September 14, 2016 at 1:29 am

  2. The perpetual smile. Never seen one frown. I happened upon a frog in the Adirondacks while camping many years ago. It was sitting under a bush with a typical frog smile when I noticed its back end was inside a snake’s jaws. Went down with that grin.

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    September 14, 2016 at 4:52 am

  3. TZ

    love this face.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 14, 2016 at 9:11 am

  4. These are AMAZING frog pictures! It’s so true about animals. I frequently imagine human emotions coming from animals, especially household pets. I always say they are God’s points of light though. Dave just rolls his eyes. lol


    September 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

  5. These are great – funny story about the dog, too. I think you are right on about anthropomorphism. Humans are hard-wired for facial expressions and just love anything cute, thus the popularity of dog and cat videos!


    September 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm

  6. Put a grin on my face 😀


    September 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm

  7. Brought a big smile to my face too!


    September 14, 2016 at 10:35 pm

  8. Gotta watch out for those smiling frogs…. 😉


    September 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

  9. Nice captures! The duckweed add visual interest to the composition.


    September 17, 2016 at 10:19 am

  10. Superb.


    December 15, 2016 at 2:03 am

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