Saturday, November 23, 2013
Capturing the Moment
I knew this picture would turn out terrible, but I so loved the moment I had to capture it somehow. The lighting, the color, the eye shine, the graininess, reflection, background, everything was awful. Poor, sweet, adorable puppies in such a photo, tsk, tsk. I did the best I could to take away the awful and leave the adorable in place. I did some editing in Windows Live Photo Gallery and some in Adobe Photoshop Elements. I wish I was better at the editing process, but I can only do the simpler retouching – applying a yellow filter, lightening shadows, smoothing out some of the graininess, correcting the eye shine by cloning a spot of the nose onto the eyes and leaving a glint. I also added a diffuse glow to the highlighted areas and then softened the edges of the photo overall. When you want to preserve a memory sometimes you just have to do the best you can.
Wally and LuLu had been outside playing after dinner. It was dark, the porch light was on, and they showed up at the patio door ready to come back in. Wally was looking at Rich through the window, and LuLu was waiting to show off the nice little selection of sticks she’d carefully gathered up. She’ll parade around with them all proud and happy, showing them to each of us in turn – me, Rich, Wally. The parading will go on for quite a while as we exclaim over how pretty her sticks are, then she’ll hop up on the couch and sit demurely while I love on her little dome head and silky ears and tell her how much I appreciate her bringing in her pretty sticks to share. She’ll gradually relinquish them one at a time, dropping first one and letting me take it, then the next, and so on, as though she’d meant for me to have them all along. She has the most incredibly sweet way about her during this ritual. The whole time Wally will be looking from one to the other of us with his “Is she s’posed to have those?” look. It’s okay, Wally. She can hold them, but she can’t chew on them.
And that’s the way it goes here at Wally and LuLu’s house. I never smiled so much till they came to live with us. They are some very special doggies. Sending you lots of love and a wish for a beautiful day.