Sunday, July 5, 2015

Into the Shadows

As we continue our Manipulated Monday series...

From the Shadows

Dog Blog Post #1835

Henry merging in and out of the shadows.

The flash was down low and the anti-reflector up keeping the left side dark.

A slider (or two or so) might have been pushed here.

As a teenager, I enjoyed making b&w pen-and-ink drawings of animals both real and fanciful.

I was particularly fascinated by how much (or little) of the animal needed to be rendered for it to "read" correctly - a few feathers made an outstretched wing, a stripe or two defined a tiger.

The fact my technique of choice was stipple, and it took forever, no doubt fed my fascination.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - July 4, 2015 - "Into or Out of the Frame"

Daily Dog Challenge 1342. "From the Shadows"

This was NOT what I had in mind for this shot, but after discovering two fleas (Ewww!) on Henry my plans slipped away with the ever-spreading oily stain from the Flea Stuff I dribbled high up on his shoulders.

(Zachary got it too - as Hubby said, "Guilty by association".)

Thankfully, Frontline typically works quickly even if their coats will remain in less than optimal condition in places until the next trip to the groomers.

The good news is that fleas are pretty rare for us, this being only the second time I've used it in 5 years. I'm pretty sure they picked the little livestock up when they were at the vets for their annual shots a few days ago.


Take your healthy kid to the doctors and they always bring home something.

More Image Mischief

Into the Shadows
Bye Henry

Into the Shadows
Uh... no. My floor isn't actually that reflective.

In addition, I played with Photoshop Elements "Reflection" effect on the Guided tab.

Yup, it made a reflection!

The Original

Into the Shadows
Henry - looking a bit pale

Once again, shots were taken of Zachary, but his tail isn't nearly as showy in this context.

That is, he tends to hold it horizontally, which is great for showcasing feathers from the side assuming it's not wagging, which it nearly always is, and not so good from behind.

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Barbara Rivers said...

Hope the Frontline got rid of the uninvited guests! We've been spared so far...knock on wood!
I really like the picture with the reflection...just recently got my first photoshop version on my Mac (Pixelmator) and am having fun playing around with it!

Flea said...

LOVE the butt shots! And I feel your pain with the fleas. In eight years in Oklahoma, we've treated three times. This year is one. We've found that Frontline no longer works. Something about fleas being resistant to it. So we switched to Advantix this time. And now we can't eat for a month. Holy moly, that stuff is expensive!

Ruth said...

I love the "Bye Henry" shot. Cheeky bottom! :)

Your Dog; Mind and Body said...

Cute pictures. We need to work on ours more.

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all!

Love the photo mischief magic! That reflection and the light off the golden coat is stunning.

I need to get my Human to learn photoshop. Even our black and white and sepia photos are usually done with camera settings when she takes the photo. She says she has no time to edit. I think it would make it easier for her if she just took the time to learn!

Y'all come on by,
Hawk aka BrownDog