A Man and His Dog at the Civic Center, Late Afternoon, 21 March 2013

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Good Evening:

‘Twas a great subject, but not a great shot.

As I ate dinner on the 8th floor of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s headquarters this evening, I espied a wheelchair-bound man walking a small dog in the Civic Center grass in front of San Francisco’s City Hall. The tiny dog was a coppery-brown bolt of energy, darting in a variety of oval patterns at full speed around his favorite human, who stopped his electric wheelchair in the middle of the grass and watched his dog wheel about the grass, veering left and right like an inebriated tornado.

The trouble is that I sat over one hundred yarda away on the ground and another 50 yards straight up. Let’s see: aa + bb = cc, or in simple English, approximately 111.8033 yards away. And me with nothing but my Nikon S9100 point-and-shoot. Well, I gave it my best try:

Wheelchair-Bound Man with Small Dog in the Civic Center, 21 March 2013

Wheelchair-Bound Man with Small Dog in the Civic Center, 21 March 2013

Best of the bunch. I tried my best, but the man and his dog deserved better. Fortunately, they did not need me to love each other’s company.

Vonn Scott Bair

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