Monday, August 22, 2011


Cash for Cookies
Cash for Cookies

Dog Blog Post #423: As you might have gathered from the title, the Daily Shoot assignment for today was...

Make a photograph that features the color green today.

... which I freely admit is a heck of a lot easier to manage than the dreaded color-that-shall-not-be-named-but-starts-with-"O"-and-rhymes-with-nothing.

This was a "kitchen" shot, which are kinda like "set shots" only I don't have to set up or take down anything - a boon when I'm in a hurry.

The down side is that the lighting is generally low and purely incandescent (read: yellow) and the floors and background cabinets are all made from wood (read: yet more yellowish tones.)

Today, the pluses outweighed the minuses, and into the kitchen we went. The idea to shoot money as my green came to me quite early, while I was paying for my morning Starbucks. It took the rest of the morning (or perhaps the caffeine in my Vente cup) to decide the setup that was going to go with it.

I was quite pleased with the boys, who settled down facing each other without issue (a harder pose for them) and didn't mess with either the cookies or the cash. :)

And yes, as someone always asks, the boys split the cookies when I was done!

Mirror Mirror - EXPLOREDEditor's Note: Back on the Mirror Mirror... post, Greyhounds CAN Sit asked why the white fleece (visible in the mirror) looked so blue. The (was short but grew) answer is that I had two kinds of lighting. One was natural light coming in the large north facing picture window to the right. The other from a pair of incandescent sources - one straight above and the other from a floor lamp, also to the right.

Given the positions of Henry and mirror, I was left with either having a white background in the mirror and a sickly yellow dog, or a blue background in the mirror and a more naturally colored dog.

I chose the latter. :)

If you scroll down that post to the other shot Henry (facing left) you'll see the color is slightly better. This is because in the directions he and the mirror were facing, and the subsequent placement of the camera, the window light was mostly overwhelmed by the incandescent sources, which the camera accurately correct for. It's also a bit darker, as the lamps don't do nearly as good a job as the window when it comes to making light.

Today's shot (above) was also a bit yellow, but as the light was nearly all incandescent the camera did a pretty good job on its own to start with. The remaining yellow cast was easy to correct in Aperture as the placement was white and could be used to set the white balance.

Is it winter yet?

Scavenge Challenge...

17) Go outside after dark to photograph artificial lights. No moon shots or star trails!

Suburban Night Life

... with description:

I think every suburban home in my area has at least one solar powered garden light somewhere on their property, and I'm not sure I've ever seen the same kind twice. From utilitarian stakes to art deco step sconces to craftsman flowers to Golden Retrievers holding rustic lanterns.

I'll give you three guesses which one of the above decorates my suburban home. :)

Are those things as popular elsewhere as they are here????

This is actually my last shot to complete the month, but I think there are still some shots I've yet to post here (for those keeping score at home.)

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24 Paws of Love said...

Love the mirror shot and the one with the lantern. Very cute.

Shane Kent Louis said...

wow, what a great shots of photos! really love it so much! :)

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How Sam Sees It said...

I love your pictures! I signed up to the groups you recommended but haven't yet had the time to participate!


Kolchak Puggle said...

I adore the concept of the cash for cookies. Is it a little twisted that I imagine the exchange napping in some back alley bar room, 1930's prohibition-era style? In my head...both dog's are wearing fedoras. Just saying.

houndstooth said...

Ha ha ha! If the girls ever see this, I'm going to have to work a lot harder at getting them to model! I love the shot, it's perfect!

I have no good ideas for the circle assignment. I am not sure it's going to happen.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Thanks for the explanation of the different effects of light. I was pretty sure lighting had something to do with it but wasn't sure how:)

Such neat and tidy feet and short toenails! Great concept and pulled off perfectly. I'm glad you paid the boys in cookies and not the cash:)

Is your GR lantern holder life sized? He's wonderful.

greygirl25 said...

I love the lighting shots. Very creative.

We have solar powered light. Of course they only work about 25% of the year. :o)))