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Old 07-09-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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I love photography. I go to parks with my DSLR. Occasionally, if I see a dog I like, I'll ask if the dog is friendly, and if so pet him/her for a little while and talk with the owner. If someone did this and then said, "Could I take a picture of the dog?" would that be weird or bother you? I've done this a few times and the owner has always said yes but I always feel a little awkward doing it.
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Norwood, Massachusetts
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I love photography. I go to parks with my DSLR. Occasionally, if I see a dog I like, I'll ask if the dog is friendly, and if so pet him/her for a little while and talk with the owner. If someone did this and then said, "Could I take a picture of the dog?" would that be weird or bother you? I've done this a few times and the owner has always said yes but I always feel a little awkward doing it.
I wouldn't have a problem with it. You are asking which is more than some would do.
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Not sure why you feel uncomfortable doing it. It's a courtesy and a compliment.

You might even offer to give/send a copy to the owner. They may or may not but at least it's an offfer.
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I'd ask why. So, I'll ask, why are you taking pictures of stranger's dogs?
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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When the dogs were younger and we went to the dog park everyday ,sometimes I would bring my camera sit on the ground and take photos not only of my dog but other dogs playing.Dogs are fun subjects and the camera can catch things our vision is not fast enough to see.

A few of the dogs died, one very young another very old and when I found out I printed some great photos that showed who the dogs were and gave them to the owners. .no we were not friends so they were taken by surprise.The young poodle belonged to an older lady and was starting to be trained as a service dog ,someone tossed poisoned meat into her yard and the dog ate it and died.The old lady was heartbroken, I knew the trainer working with them so gave her some really nice photos of the dog to give to the lady. The old lady got my address and sent me a very touching thank you as she said she really did not have any nice photos of the dog so these photos meant a lot to her.

I never had someone say do not take photos of my dog,rather people would ask if I got any of their dog.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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I'd ask why. So, I'll ask, why are you taking pictures of stranger's dogs?
That's a reasonable question. The short answer is it's an enjoyable form of art for me. The longer answer is that I find dog expressions and behavior to show many interesting elements of human existence. One of my favorite books (can't find the title now) was one that had about 100 pictures of dogs showing joy, sadness, courage, and more.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:33 PM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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...if I see a dog I like, I'll ask if the dog is friendly...and then said, "Could I take a picture of the dog?"
You can come take a picture of Cheech anytime you like.
He's very photogenic, loves to mug and most of his friends have a similar nature.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I'd ask why. So, I'll ask, why are you taking pictures of stranger's dogs?
So you can capture images like this one:

Zenfolio | Ted Mase Photography | SARASOTA FLORIDA | Photo 7

Sarasota photographer Ted Mase told me that he was at Bayfront Park and saw this dog’s owners play ball with him. He asked for permission, took this picture, and – yes – I purchased it.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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You can come take a picture of Cheech anytime you like.
He's very photogenic, loves to mug and most of his friends have a similar nature.
I have to laugh as my dogs see a camera and will pose and try to get in photos.Daz is the best at it as he sees a guy taking photos of his girlfriend on the beach and he runs over and poses with her.He is a handsome elegant dog sporting a huge grin so people so far have enjoyed his antics with the exception of some guy that had a carpet of fake grass , a plastic flamingo and a bike on the beach and was taking photos, Daz saw that and raced over planning to be in the shots that guy saw no humor in it so I had to call him and lead him away from that area of the beach.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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I think dogs are very photogenic; so I can understand why you want to take photos of dogs. It's good that you ask permission from the owners. I don't see any problem; I've had strangers take photos of my dogs in parks; I didn't mind; some of them sent the photos to me.
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