Zac in Chrome

Classic Chrome, XF35mm F2, Fujifilm XT2

The only way to get Zac to cooperate was to use food. With my camera on a tripod, predetermined shutter/f-stop combination, and a ready finger on the shutter release, I tossed one to the area where I wanted the shot taken. No good, too fast. He was back to begging before I can get a good snapshot. Tossed another. Same. Tossed a bunch.

Click! Click! Click! Click!

If it weren’t for the flower he mistook for food, the snapshot would’ve come out blurry as well, just like the rest of them. Flower saved the day!

Post-processing included a judicious straightening of the image because my tripod has its own notion of how a horizontal line should be. Classic chrome has a tendency to cool an image, and it turned out that it was just too bluish. So I warmed up the highlights a bit using a Color Balance adjustment layer and employing mask effected through Apply Image. I also lifted up the shadows on Zac’s face a tad bit. Then the usual sharpening and vignette.


Meters and Baths [+]


As much as I wanted to spot meter Zac, the task is quite a challenge. Occasionally though, I get lucky … not with the metering aspect, but with getting a good overall exposure. This was one. But given the ambient light, I had a pretty good idea what to set my aperture and shutter speed combination to. And when I viewed Zac through the viewfinder, all I had to do was turn the dial to underexpose him a bit. The photograph is pretty much out of the camera. A little sharpening and contrast adjustment and cropping were also employed after.

Now I beckoned, lured, enticed my other dog, Heisy, to get in the garage where Zac was, but he just wouldn’t obey. He’s a smart dog, which by default would make Zac kind of … ahem. I did take some snapshots and noticed he was being pestered by a few flies.

Today, I gave him a bath. Zac, too.

Crop [+]


Limited primarily by how close I can get to the subject, it just made sense to step back and take the shot from an ideal distance. I made it to three feet approximately. Zac, however, at times decided to shorten and lengthen that distance as he pleased. It was challenging. Here, though, I was able to capture him at the right moment (catch lights in the eyes). The original photo turned out alright compositionally, but left room for improvement. So, — I cropped it! As much as I dislike the task, ultimately, under the circumstance, it was indispensable. Further, cropping taught me how to see selectively the next time I compose a shot. Huh, there is that word: compose. Brrr.