Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Good grief, how hard could it be. Beau learned learned the basics in a single session!
And Henry is almost there... but he's been almost for several weeks. The missing part is the separation from my hand to his head. As soon as I try to pull my hand away, the rear collapses. He also won't hold it more than a second or two.
What I really wanted was to get him and Zachary bowing at the same time, as Zachary already has a nice bow, but that clearly isn't in the cards anytime soon. So for now, we're moving on (but I'll keep plugging away on it in the background. Who knows, perhaps someday the light will come on.)
In fact, tonight I started the next trick for both dogs (different tricks) and they were learning at blazing speeds. I think they must be happy to move on from "Bow", too!
On to the Daily Shoot assignment:
Make a photograph of something old or aged today.
Yes, I did (briefly) consider getting something genuinely old out, but really, they're dogs, and how many genuinely old things do you want your dog around?
So, I improvised...
This is actually a very old woobie, in woobie years, probably even older than three-year-old Zachary, and it's just as disgusting in person as it looks in the picture. But I can't seem to find one that long (6') and so it remains, long stripped of it's squeakers, but still a canine favorite.
Editor's Notes: Yes, Greyhounds CAN Sit, the Sharks did win! KB mentioned Photoshop, which is very nice, be we somehow lost ours (I know, how do you loose an application on your computer, but somehow we did) so I'm left with my 2004 version of iPhoto that I use for all contrast/brightness/sharpness fiddling, plus a Photoshop-lite app called ImageReady that I use to for minor retouching and to stamp my URL on it
And finally, houndstooth was asking about the black backgrounds. I prefer to get them naturally, just by keeping an eye out for the right conditions, or setting them up using the black velvet background. But in the case of the yellow rose, as I couldn't move the bush (although I did pick a rose that was in the sun with shade right behind it), nor the sun, nor the house, I had to resort to a bit of post-production magic. FWIW: Here's the original (a bit reduced in resolution) but otherwise straight out of the camera...
... and (again) here's what it turned into...
I'm pretty sure that all I did was drag the brightness waaaaay down, with maybe just a touch of contrast added in, and smidgen of sharpness. Too much sharpness would show grainy, and too much contrast would start to look harsh. I'm pretty sure I "stamped" out what remained of the blue sky on the far left.
And finally, the (non-dog) Scavenger Challenge item #5 - "Rusty bits - we all love them. Find one and photograph it artfully."
It actually looks best in lightbox, if you want to click on it, then click on it again once flickr comes up, to see it against a black background.
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