Guilt

He* sat,
hunched on the floor,
edging closer to me
and the dead ‘possum, — my pardon
to gain.


*My dog Zac. Heisy, although clearly guilty, hid.

Daily Post: Guilty

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Zac in Chrome

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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.

 

Heisy in Chrome

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Classic Chrome, XF35mm F2, Fujifilm XT2I shot Heisy using Classic Chrome film simulation that came with my camera. My original intention was for the two of them to be in this photo, but Zac just could not stay put. So, into the garage he went! I took a few shots really, but I prefer this over the rest. Kind of have to not go crazy with loading a lot of pictures here coz before I’d know it, I’ll run out of allotted space. I have planned to photograph other things, landscapes, seascapes, street, stills, maybe.

For now, it’s all about them dogs — dogscapes — test shots, getting to know the camera better while creating memories.

On the post-processing side, the usual … Photoshop: Curves, Vibrance, a little bit of sharpening, then created a fake vignette.

Meters and Baths [+]

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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 [+]

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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.