Sunday, May 22, 2011



Dog Blog Post #337:The Daily Shoot read...

Make a photograph of something made of glass today.

... and I said, "Really?" (Son's favored expression of incredulity.)

In case you are perplexed by my reaction, I should point out that large, boisterous, young mammals and glass don't really go well together.



But the shot must be captured! With 123 shots tweeted, I was going to let a little thing like fear of broken glass derail me now.

At first I tried the cheaters way out. I took various glass objects, held them out in front of the point-n-shoot and snapped a picture with a dog behind. I won't bore you with those shots, as you've seen various flavors in the past.


Then I grabbed Baby and tried again...

(Obvious Observation of the Day #1: Longer lenses require longer arms if you intend to be holding both object and camera. Beefy biceps are a definite plus, as well.)

... creating a much clearer, much richer, and just as boring as shot as I had with the point-n-shoot. (sigh) Ok... this would never do.

So I tossed Henry a few cookies and put up the gate to keep him out of the kitchen, washed off a lovely glass christmas tree shaped bowl I got for Christmas this year (if nothing else, the Daily Shoot is causing me to slowly dust my way through the various knick-knacks that clutter my shelves), put Zachary in down-stay, put cookies in the bowl, dropped down on my belly on the floor with Baby, and started banging off close up shots.

Wow... were they coming out with a serious orange cast. True, I was in the kitchen, it was later in the day (dogs were gone most the day), and I was shooting under incandescent lights but...


Wow... were they coming out with a serious orange cast.

So what did I do? Well, for the first 20 or so pictures, I did nothing. (Yeah, aren't I the clever one?) At last, after scanning over the shots again, and noting Zachary was the color of a halloween pumpkin.

(lower resolution example - straight out of the camera!)
... I decided to try to fiddle with the White Balance.

And that's when I was hit with Obvious Observation of the Day #2: Always check what mode you are in before you start taking pictures.

On the plus side, I now know that shooting pictures indoors under incandescent lighting with the camera in "Sunset Mode" will create some really orange pictures, should I ever need them.

Hey, it's happened before!

ds501 - Orange

The funny part is, after finishing with a few "good" shots, and uploading the computer, I find I was rather taken by the orange-cast close-ups. Go figure.

And finally, another scavenger challenge shot ("bristles") This is the neighbor's conifer, planted 2' from the property line, that (not surprisingly) overhangs our property by a rather hefty amount and thus affords and excellent opportunity for a close up.


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Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

The orange cast gives the glass photos a very 'opulent' look to them ... to my eyes anyway:) I like it:)

Bailey Be Good! said...

Hi! I found my way to your blog, and wanted to say how beautiful your photos are! My human sister, MT, takes many of the photos on my site, so I know about good photos. Yours are really good! ;)

BTW, I love the orange tone too!

Happy Sunday woofs & hugs,


Amber-Mae said...

I love the orange tone to the pictures too! It's nice!

Kolchak Puggle said...

Oh I just love the oranges - and the "cuties" box! Adorable. I am quite taken with the warm, orangey hue of the "sunset mode" shots. I think they add a nice rosy warmth, reminds me of the glow of firelight, you know?

houndstooth said...

I rather like the orange tone! It adds interest somehow. I think you did great with it!

I am so behind in getting shots for the Scavenge Challenge! I know the pictures I want to take, but I never seem to get to them!