Our backyard needs some serious mowing and weeding, but considering it was St Patrick’s Day on Sunday, and that this week’s prompt was the colour green, the abundance of clover proved very useful. Here is Chewie, our oldest cocker spaniel, happily chewing (yes he does live up to his name) on a baseball beneath the swing set. Like the grass, he is also in need of a haircut before the Houston heat really starts to kick in, but for now he is at that perfect cuddly teddy bear stage which the kids really love.
I took this photograph at the weekend at about 1 in the afternoon. Luckily he was underneath our cedar wood swing set platform, so he was in the shade rather that in bright full sun. I used my Canon 7D paired with my 50mm 1.4 lens, with my settings at f/2.5, shutter speed 1/320, and ISO 100. Post processing in Lightroom 4, I reduced the highlights and increased the clarity, vibrance, and saturation, then finally increased the saturation of the oranges and greens in the image.
That little bit of green peeking out in the center, is our first sighting of daffodils in our backyard. I absolutely love the contrast between winter and spring in this photo. March in western NY is a ‘battle of the seasons’, with the past few days showing us whiteouts with snow showers and minutes later sun glaring through the clouds. Such a time of transition and a wonderful time to refresh and renew. Each day there is a new sign that warmer days with more green are ahead.
This photo was taken with my iphone in overcast morning skies. For the edit, I cropped, sharpened, brightened and played with the contrast and saturation in snapseed and then applied a filter in PicTapGo.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~Anne Bradstreet