This is not at all the shot I was going for. I woke up yesterday morning to 4 fresh inches of snow on the ground. The trees were covered in snow and the sun was out….it looked beautiful. I wanted to try a photo of Luke seen in the mirror sitting or lying in his chair, with the snow covered trees seen out the window behind him. By the time I got up and going and had my camera in hand, I looked out the window and it was white everywhere. I thought a snow squall had moved in, but actually it was fog! You could no longer see the trees clearly.
I grabbed the camera to do some test shots anyway, to work on the angle I wanted and to see if Luke would cooperate. Then I thought I would wait for the sun to come back out. I snapped off a few shots, and then realized the batteries in the camera were dead! I had to plug those in to recharge before I could download what I had for photos to see if there was anything I happened to like.
As it turns out, there was. I’m not happy with the clarity of the photo, and the lighting was going to be a challenge with it being brighter outside, but I love the composition here, with Luke’s nose seen in the foreground off to the side (other than the cord coming out of his nose….it’s always something). I decided to go with this, which is a good thing because the sun didn’t come back out, and the wind blew all the snow out of the trees! I wonder….is photography always this challenging? 🙂
Oh yes, I keep forgetting that this is called a “photo challenge”…..there is a reason for that!
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Miss Harper Lee says
I think it’s kind of like when you go shopping for clothes and you have this specific idea in mind of what you want to buy . . . and then you can’t ever find it. 🙂 Your photo of Luke is perfect. I love the blurry nose, and I would not have noticed the wire if you hadn’t mentioned it.
P.S. I love that Luke has “his” chair!
You are so right, it is exactly like that!
Thank you. That chair has been in our bedroom for years, but Luke is the first of our dogs to sleep in it. He goes between our bed and that chair all night long!
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Your backyard sounds a lot like mine!
When is this ever going to stop?
I do like Luke’s image in the mirror!
Thank you. Some days I feel like this is never going to stop!
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
The mirror shot turned out fantastic though! I love it!
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OMD that is just too funny. I’ve done that so many times…reached for the camera only to find the battery is dead. You still got a useable photo though! I find the photography to be one of the biggest challenges of blogging 🙂
Oh, I agree, it definitely is. I once considered it as a career, but have apparently forgotten everything I learned (it was a long time ago). 🙂
After that episode, I had my hubby buy me an extra set of rechargeable batteries!
Love it!! “Is this my best side? Who am I kidding? They’re both adorable!”
Hee hee….that’s perfect!
What a gorgeous mirror shot. Love it!
Jenny Beadling says
Love this pic!
I quite like ,it makes and interesting photo,xx Speedy and Mum Rachel
Thank you, Speedy and Rachel, and thanks so much for coming by!
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
I love this picture! The fuzziness of his nose in the foreground with the clear mirror image is kinda cool in my opinion.
Thank you! I guess I just wish you could see the expression on his face in the mirror though. It’s so true what they say about black animals being hard to photograph!
Pawesome Cats says
I think it was worth the effort! As someone else said, it’s authentic, which I prefer over doctored. Love the nose in the foreground! 🙂
Thank you! I’m glad you and others think that!
Dolly the Doxie says
It’s a great shot! And that cord could have been easily removed in Photoshop. We know how it feels with the weather, every time the Lady wants to take photos its a dark, gloomy day and no light inside! Love Dolly
I kind of wondered if you could remove something like that, but have no idea if you could do it with the free online software. I plan to invest in Photoshop one of these days.
Lighting is definitely my biggest challenge!
I like how your picture looks authentic. A moment captured rather than staged . I like the fuzzy nose and clear mirror shot, too. And, yes, it’s always something (like the cord), lol!
Thank you. I think you are right….usually my best shots are candid. So we just have to live with the silly distractions in the background!
M. K. Clinton says
Good job! We are still working on this challenge!
Thank you! I loved what you came up with too….it was very creative!
I think that’s pretty cool. I love how his nose is blurred in the front of of the picture too!
Caren Gittleman says
We think it came out great!
All of your challenges just confirm all the more why we just use our phone and then photo editors like ribbet.com (but then again, that could be why our photos are so crappy and yours are good!)
Have a great day!
Thanks, Caren. I think sometimes keeping it simple can be better….and I don’t think it’s always the quality of the photo, but the subject matter that is more important!
easy rider says
it’s a great picture, it inspires to ponder about a story or a caption what could fit :o)
Thanks, Easy! I think that’s what a photo should be all about, right?
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
I think that is a awesome picture you went with. Nice job!
Thank you!! I am pretty happy with it. 🙂
I love mirror pictures! My biggest challenge is always trying to move myself out of the mirror without the pets moving–they usually do something really adorable by the mirror all on their own, but the second I try to move to get a good picture, they decide they’d much rather follow me.
I actually think that’s what happened here! I had Luke in the chair but when I moved he got down, having his own ideas. He might be smarter than me, since it turned out well. 🙂
The Island Cats says
That’s an excellent shot! Pictures like that you just can’t plan. 🙂
Thank you! It’s so true….I was so focused on looking in the mirror that I never even saw Luke’s nose in the photo….so it turned out pretty cool.
2 Brown Dawgs says
The picture turned out wonderful. I think sometimes the best ones are those that are not exactly planned.
Thank you. I think you’re right!
It is always tough to get the shot with nothing in the background. Happens to my photographer all the time too. Nice mirror shot, though.
Thanks, Emma. I usually try to look around for stray stuff mucking up the photo….but somehow missed that! Oh well. 🙂