Walking the Dog.. St Ives

I was in St Ives again this week, visiting with a friend who is visiting Cornwall and while we were sitting in the shade, keeping cool (it’s been unusually hot and sunny of late) I got out my camera and did a bit of street photography.  This was a first for me.  I feel quite uncomfortable about taking candid shots of people without their knowledge or consent.  As a result I found my camera focusing more on people’s dogs.  Britain is known as a nation of dog lovers and a short 20 minute period taking pictures on the streets of St Ives certainly seemed to confirm this.  Lots of dog but clearly lots of responsible owners as the streets were clean despite their numbers.

There was a real holiday atmosphere in the town which was lovely.  How different people are when the sun shines.

By the way, if any dogs featured would rather their pictures were not part of the gallery, please get in touch and I’ll take down your photo immediately.  Oh and the same goes for the people of course. ;-)

I hope you enjoy the gallery of photos.  Click on any images for a slideshow. :-)

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38 responses

  1. This post put a smile on face. Excellent street photography.

    June 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    • Thank you Edith! :-)

      June 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  2. poppytump

    Oh these are fabulous photos ChillB .
    What a marvellous day by the looks of it …
    Summer in Cornwall wow ;-)
    We really do love our dogs here don’t we … I think my favourite picture has to be the very lovely ? labradoodle perhaps, with the little boy in his
    school cap passing by. Obviously on a mission with that carry case :-) .

    June 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    • I think you’re right about the Labradoodle. I think the owner said his name was Milo! A very handsome chap indeed! Thanks Poppy! :-)

      June 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  3. Goodness me! All shapes and sizes! Are you sure there wasn’t a dog show happening?
    Jude xx

    June 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    • I think they were all heading to the dog friendly beach Jude. There are many that still allow dogs during the summer months but there is one at St Ives. :-)

      June 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  4. V. Alarcón-Córdoba

    Next time, take pictures of the people, please! I love Cornwall. I even wrote about it in my existential fantasy, The Fall of the Age of Reason. Though I’ve never been any closer than Doc Martin’s Port Isaac (on TV) and my story was more of an Agatha Christie’s version of Newlyn, I would loved to have seen the shops and narrow lanes with those crowds passing by. Dogs? I’m just not a dog lover.

    Thanks for the great shots, anyway, by the way.

    June 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  5. Zara

    I absolutely love visiting St Ives:) Seeing this makes me want to make a trip soon…

    June 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  6. Lovely streetphotography and it seems everybody had here a dog

    June 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    • Thank you Lou! There did seem to be a lot of dogs, that’s for sure! :-)

      June 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  7. You got the people with the dogs. Nice! I was trying to figure out if people really DO look like their dogs !

    June 29, 2014 at 12:33 am

    • I was trying to work that out too. Thanks for your comment! :-)

      June 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

      • I think YES! And thanks for yours. I do love your distinctive Avatar !

        June 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      • Thank you. Teazles at sunrise in my garden! :-)

        June 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      • It wonderful ! So distinctive !

        July 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      • Thank you! :-)

        July 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  8. I think there’s a special charm in places that are pet friendly (as long as they’re well behaved, of course)! That Labradoodle was something special, oh, and the Great Dane, and… and… Great street photography, Chilli.

    June 29, 2014 at 5:10 am

    • Thanks Gunta!I’m glad you enjoyed the post! :-)

      June 29, 2014 at 7:48 am

  9. Jo

    Your post made me smile. And I’m loving how well you captured the relaxed vibe of a warm, summer’s day. Thank you for sharing.

    June 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    • I’m happy the post made you smile Jo! Thank you for your comment! :-)

      June 29, 2014 at 7:49 am

  10. Lovely set of images Adrian…..and yes that is a lot of dogs

    June 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    • Thank you Mark. It was a real surprise to me! :-)

      June 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

  11. I have done some street photography but I never use my big Nikon. I use a small compact set at f11 and wide angle. I then hold the camera on my hip. A few test shots help to get the correct angle. The main thing is never to look down at the camera!

    June 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    • That sounds like a neat solution Rhys, thank you!

      June 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  12. Such a different post for you Adrian! Looks like a very fun day for you – nice to get out and do something different now and then isn’t it? Our community had a “Leashes and Lenses” day where people were invited to bring their dogs out and a few of us brought our cameras and took their photos. Everyone had a great time, including the dogs :-) but it was really beastly hot here so that made it a bit of a challenge for those of us behind the lenses!

    June 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    • That really does sound like a fun day Tina. I think dogs make grat portrait subjects. Such expressive eyes. :-)

      June 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

  13. Nice series of street-shooting shots, very well done!

    June 30, 2014 at 8:05 am

    • Thank you Randall!

      June 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  14. That’s a very cool set, Adrian!
    I know what you mean about photographing people on the street. It makes me a little uncomfortable too…

    June 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    • Thank you Karen. It was fun to try something new but I can’t see myself making a habit of this kind of photography.

      June 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  15. So Adrian you are a dog voyeur – excellent set smiling here

    June 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    • I guess so Scott, thank you. :-D

      July 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  16. Such a great selection of dogs, Adrian. I was marvelling at how many I saw here on my Sunday morning walk. :) I’m rather shy to photograph dogs with people attached. :)

    July 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    • Me too but I think I got away with it Sylvia. If people as well as the dogs looked my way I was quick with the pretending I was just testing the lens by peering at it from the other end, distracting behaviour basically. :-)

      July 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

  17. A terrific doggy and their people series!:)

    July 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • Thank you Elena. It was a lot of fun taking these pictures! :-)

      July 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm