Day 21 – Furry


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


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