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


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.


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.