4/03/2012

Soft...

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...it's time for another Texture Tuesday photo and the challenge this week
is the 'oh so SOFT edition.'


This is Isla dawg, watching raindrops.  Or at least, that's what I think she was doing.
She's sitting on the very edge of a small dock about four feet above the pond.  It was a new dock 
and she'd never been out there before.  I don't know if she'd ever looked down *into* water before...
she was fairly new to me at the time so I was still discovering
what she knew...and what she didn't...
like how she barked at waves,
didn't like to chew on hard things,
and lived for love over any other form of reward.


It was a gentle rain that afternoon and I was able to capture (what has turned into) one of 
my favorite shots of her.  Her white ruff is soft as an angora bunny...
that white triangle is such a symbol of her true nature.
It's also a symbol of how she doesn't like her picture taken, something else
I've learned along the way.
If the camera is pointed towards her, she will turn & often gives me her back...


I've re-worked this photo several times since taking it in 2009.  
The straight out of camera shot is
so  b.o.r.i.n.g.  Here's a very lackluster interpretation I did back then...
isn't it just so darn obvious my struggle with digital?


Ha! charting my photographic genealogy!


One of the most exciting things in learning about all the tools available for the "digital darkroom"
is the newfound ability to bring an image around to the way the moment  felt  to me.
That was my joy in the chemical darkroom, too...

: : : 

Today's tools?  Kim Klassen's texture 'embrace' paired with a texture from
French Kiss from the 'Glorious Grunge Collection.'


Is it worth noting...I'm probably not *done* with this photo yet...
it may show up here again at some point, dressed in new textures.  :>]]




26 comments:

  1. Love this! The composition is perfect, which makes your original image look great too (it's not boring.......). But learning to use all the tools we have now is so much fun and what you created here is stunning! I missed the darkroom for awhile, but really love the freedom I feel I have with digital now. Thanks for sharing this over at TT!

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    1. Ditto, Dianne...and many thanks for the kind words.

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  2. *sigh* just lovely ... the shot (and the sooc is so NOT boring!), the story, the doggy-do. soft and warm and cozy and snuggly and yes... just. lovely. *sigh*

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    1. I put my face there when it all gets to be a bit too much. Security blanket? nope. Security ruff!

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  3. I really love this shot, one of my favorites.

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    1. me too, me too...thanks for that, Kathryn.

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  4. Isla Dawg seems to know exactly what to do in front of a camera!

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    1. I shouldn't complain about her turning...that's what *I* always feel like doing!
      And we know how often we see pictures of moi on this blog ;>/

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  5. beautiful! like a painting....

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    1. I'm quite partial to her fluffy wonderfulness.
      Thanks so much, jude.

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  6. looks to me like she's studying a Matisse painting, a cultured dog.

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    1. Now, that's a new take on it, Kaite, wouldn't that be somethin?!

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  7. What a wonderful photo with an equally fine story.

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    1. T...story is EVERYTHING to me so I thank you for saying this.
      Lovely to have you visit over here :>]]

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  8. I LOVE your pictures and what a treat to see your skill and imagination increase over the years/months. I'm so 'out of it' when it comes to digital work that I'm always awed by what you can do with your photographs. Thank you!

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    1. We've been on this blog road together for quite some time now, haven't we? Watching each other. That awe goes both ways, my friend.

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  9. Really a sweet sweet image. I am such a dog lover that this post tugged at my heart!

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    1. Oh, it's always so wonderful to meet a fellow sap...I mean, dog lover :>]]
      Very glad you popped over, Deanna. Isn't it grand to make these TT connections?!
      See you next week :>]]

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  10. I like her little ruff.... in general, I like overly fluffy parts of critters - well, and both of my more recent cats have been extra fluffy. The dearly missed Sophia cat who was more like a puff-ball than a cat.

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    1. I'm with ya on the fluffy bits!! It's like tactile therapy, without a doubt. I love that you are always including Pasha in your posts, Valerianna. These companions deserve some *blog light*!

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  11. the original's background opens this photo up for a lot of texture interpretations. eventhough you caught the back of her, it still makes a statement : )

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    1. Thanks, Cathy...and I admit that this time around, my mind went wild with the textural options out there. It's a really valuable learning lesson for me to work and rework and rework, especially when there's a space of time between.
      Really appreciate you stopping by!

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  12. What a gorgeous image of Isla. She sounds just like my dog, Jen, who also turns her back to me when I have the camera in hand. I love what you've done to make an already lovely image even more beautiful.

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    1. Such kind words, Nikki, I appreciate them very much. Funny how dawgs react to the camera, isn't it? Our other dog has no issues whatsoever...stares me right down as if to say, "yo, you wanna piece a'me?!" Opposites. I hardly have to work at all to get nice photos of her ;>}}
      Thanks for your visit here & for taking time to leave a comment.

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  13. Lovely pooch - gorgeous image and good texture work.

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    1. ...had sooo much fun with this, thanks for that!

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