As I’ve mentioned before, I love dogs.
Especially my dogs.
They bring me happiness and joy just by being themselves, and I personally believe that everyone should have a dog just to experience that happiness.
Any-who, today was a beautiful day. Here recently the weather has been so bipolar with all of the rain, sleet, snow and dropping temperatures that I believe everyone was in need for a warm, sunshiny day.
Especially the dogs.
They stay cooped up in the house all winter long. Most of their time spent laying on the top of the couch, staring out of a window, dreaming of warm breezes of air, summer sunshine and being able to wear shorts and sandals again.
Well, maybe that was me impatiently awaiting shorts and sandals weather. But nevertheless, my dogs missed it too.
So, today after church my puppies and I went outside to get some fresh air.
That cute furball up there is Sputnick. He’s my little boy. He’s the one that easily gets cabin fever during the winter, so I take him outside to play any chance I get. He may be chunky, but he’s fast. That’s why he has to stay attached to the leash, because once he runs off, it’s game over.
This is Prissy. The energizer bunny that NEVER stops going. I’ve never seen a faster dog in my life. She loves to run circles in the back yard, kicking up leaves and grass in her wake. She’s very smart and obedient, and always stays in the area she’s supposed to.
Okay, now to the photography talk. As you can tell in the above pictures, they’re not perfectly in focus. Focus is a hard thing to achieve when using a high shutter speed and a quick moving object. So, I’ve learned a little trick to help remedy this. If you use Photoshop elements, all you have to do is make a layer mask. A layer mask is simply a filter put over a picture, in these cases you always use a Blur filter. The awesome thing about this, is that if you use the paintbrush tool with black ink, you can paint over the areas that you don’t want blurred, leaving them untouched.
That very technique is what I had to use on most of Prissy’s pictures. The background would be more in focus than her, but by applying the Blur layer mask to everything but her, it makes her look more in focus.
This isn’t the “traditional” way of using Blur layer masks, which is actually used primarily for portrait shots. Blurring the skin on someone’s face while leave their eyes, nose and mouth untouched creates a very professional, ethereal look.
Also, I’m a firm believer of never deleting pictures that you take. They each represent a moment in life that can only be revisited by memory and that photograph. That’s why I kept these:
If you were to know Prissy in real life, then you would know that these two pictures represent her personality to a tee. Loving, playful, mischievous and beautiful.
If anyone needs help with Layer Mask’s, feel free to leave a comment and I will make a step-by-step post.
Also, show me your pets! I want to see everyone’s little companions.