I knew today’s challenge would probably be a problem for me. Having left our 3 furry friends behind in kennels for the week, my options were limited. So when I saw that Ella had packed her new winter infinity scarf with a faux fur trim, I knew that this would give me an opportunity. It’s soft and cozy, perfect for this cold autumnal Washington evening. With sparkly fairy lights on the trees in the background creating a beautiful bokeh, the setting was complete.
The sun had completely set by the time I took this photo0graph. With no available natural light, the lights in the trees and street lamps had to suffice. My ISO was set at 800, shutter speed 1/60, and aperture at f/1.4 to let in maximum light and to blur the background, helping the create the bokeh.
Post-processing in Lightroom 4, I increased the exposure, contrast, clarity, sharpening, and then soften the luminance. I increased the highlights and shadows, and decreased the saturation of the reds and oranges. Finally, I used the clone tool for some blemish removal.
This is my ‘furry’ best friend. She’s an almost 6 year old Shih-tzu and her name is, Sharpay. You know, like the character in the High School Musical movies? Yea, wish I could blame that one on my kids, but I’m actually the one who named her!
Sharpay follows me EVERYWHERE and is always throwing herself into the midst of everything. Here I was attempting to pack to go out of town tomorrow, and I guess she signed up to be my helper. Right after I snapped the photo, she curled up on Libby’s favorite ‘furry’ leopard jacket, pictured next to her. It was nice to see her all cozy for a bit, since in just a few hours she’s off to the kennel for a few days. 😦
The photo was taken with lots of morning sun flowing through the windows. I cropped, brightened, center focused and changed to a neutral black and white all in Snapseed. I then blurred in Instagram and framed in pixlromatic.
“Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between” ~Karl Heiner