Dog ‘n Fog: Happy ^^Spooky^^ Halloween!


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Over at Digital Photography School, the weekend photography challenge is “Spooky,” in honor of Halloween.

A few weeks ago I did a photo shoot with one of my client-dogs, Roxy the Rottweiler, in a first attempt to create a Halloween pet portrait.  I had a lot of outtakes from the session, so today I revisited them to see if any were candidates for the DPS weekend photography challenge. The result is the image above, after a lot of post-processing and forcing myself to teach an old dog a new trick — the old dog being me, not Roxy, and the new trick was creating fog in PhotoShop.  So there it is:  A dog, faux fog, and a plastic skull from Walgreens.  Is it spooky?

I’ll let you be the judge…

If you’re interested in creating your own digital fog, check out this eHow tutorial by John Gugie.

Camera settings:  Canon 40D; Tamron 17-35 f/2.8 @ 30 mm, 1/160; f/7.1; ISO 100; full manual; Strobist: Speedlight 430EX II, camera left, through 48″ softbox.


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