Sunday, August 30, 2015

Art Critic

Art Critic
The Art Critic


Dog Blog Post #1890



Zachary, sitting in front of a painting of a Monster Chartreuse tennis ball.

This is his interpretation of a painting by Tom Mosser titled "A Golden Retriever at the Museum".

Photography Assignment



Daily Dog Challenge 1399. "Monster"

Our Daily Challenge - Aug 30, 2015 - "Chartreuse"

I first created a notebook paper sized "painting" of the ball from felt and fleece and photographed it against white.

Then Zachary was photographed staring at a large blank piece of white fleece.

I then smushed the two together in Photoshop Elements.

Frankly, I'm a bit disappointed as I thought I'd have more time to work on it than I ultimately did. :(


The Making Of...


Zachary
Original image of Zachary



Tennis Ball
Original Image of Tennis Ball



Tennis Ball
Collar included for size comparison



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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Superhero Sunday

Why don't you two look through the Hat Props Box and pick out some Superhero Hats.

Prep Prop Shot
"Right"




Superheros?
Henry: "Momma, can I skip the hat?"


Not today sweetie.


Superheros?
Zachary: "Ten gallon hat on a five gallon dog."



Superheros?
Henry: "I'm a Trojan!"
Zachary: "Horse?"



Dog Blog Post #1889


Uh Oh... looks like the boys Overturned the Props box!

Given that it was a Day Spa Day, they were actually pretty lively and cooperative.

Photography Assignment



Our Daily Challenge - Aug 29, 2015 - "Overturned"


Daily Dog Challenge 1398. "Props"


Cartoon Version?



Superheros?
Cartoon Version 1



Superheros?
Cartoon Version 2



Version 1 took about 20 minutes to make, and had various Photoshop Elements filters and blending modes applied and then went back to Lightroom for some additional fiddling.

Version 2 took about 2 seconds to make, and was done strictly in Lightroom using my favorite "heavy" combination of sliders, which I've saved as a preset so I just have to push a button and magic happens.

Hmmm...

Truth in advertising: Fine. MOST of the 20 minutes of the top one was spent choosing the right filters from the many possibilities, then pushing the sliders around to get The Right Look, then dinking with the blending modes of the layers to get it Just Right. Had I known exactly what I wanted I could have done it in... 20 seconds. Perhaps a minute if I paused to admire my handiwork.

Just The Props


Props Box


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Brown is the New Green

Brown Is The New Green
Zachary: "I remember a time when the grass was soft on my paws..."



Brown Is The New Green
Henry: "... and cool and damp to lie on."



Dog Blog Post #1888



Poor boys, dreaming of lush green grass under their paws, while they lie on a piece of astroturf, staring at a picture of the remains of our drought-stricken lawn, as seen 10 Steps from my Door.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - Aug 27, 2015 - "10 Steps from my Door"

Daily Dog Challenge 1397. "Dream Day"


Lemonade From Lemons?


Grass Seeds
Grass Seeds



Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven



Agapanthus Seeds
Agapanthus Seeds



Downy Fluff
Feather Fluff


The "Lawn"


Brown Is The New Green
Brown Is The New Green



At least, that's what Governor Brown keeps telling us.

This is what watering just two days a week does to a lawn over the summer in a region with low humidity and temperatures routinely in the 90's or higher.

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