Creative Imaging

As some of you may have noticed, besides raising dogs and being a ranch girl I have also turned my love of Photography into a business. To keep it interesting I like to have fun with Photoshop now and then and create something a little more… well, creative. This has been done before obviously, but I had never tried it myself. I knew how it was done, but just hadn’t taken the time to take the shots and put them together.

Last night while I was outside I just thought, I’ll see if I can get Macie to look right inside my camera lens.  She of course loves to fetch,  so all I had to do was hold a stick over my lens to get her attention and get only her nose in focus . Next I had to place Stetson on something where he could really be in a good sitting position. Instead of a chair, (which I thought would be hard to edit out) I decided to set him on the foundation of our house so that he would be easier to cut out of the background.  It didn’t end up mattering too much because I didn’t cut him out anyway.   I decided to just use an inverted layer in photoshop and zoom way in for my paint brush used a  brush size of 6 px. 🙂 My PS Friends will get that part. But it worked out great and I think it looks like their eyes are looking at the exact same point of focus!  Next time I hope to get a little more creative with my lighting.

Just for fun, here are my before and after images.

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I haven’t shown this image to my son yet, but I think he might like it 🙂

Puppy Care

Hey everyone! Today I just want to share where we keep the puppies when they are napping or if we have to leave the house.. A lot of people are curious as to how we raise puppies and want to make sure that we are not a puppy mill. We care deeply for our babies and even though they live in the house with us (in my kitchen to be exact) We have to have a clean, safe and sanitary place for them that is confined.  So, we found out from other breeders about this amazing puppy playpen. I got the big one, made for Standard sized dogs so that they have plenty of room.   We clean and sanitize this pen once to twice daily. Depending how dirty the trays get. Since we take the puppies out so many times during the day and they are a little older now, we can get by with once a day. They rarely use the bathroom in here anymore.  Their blankets and towels get changed and washed daily as well and of course they have lots of toys in there and also all over my kitchen. When they aren’t in their playpen, they are either playing outside with my children or running around my kitchen chasing each other or playing with the family. Yes, my kitchen is blocked off so they are always on the tile, which makes for easy clean up when accidents happen. We hope that by taking them out so many times during the day and night that house breaking will be easier for you when you bring your babies home.

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Here is the link to the MIDWEST PUPPY PLAYPEN  I purchased. If you are interested in a small one, they come in many sizes. The tray underneath to catch all their waste is very handy and easy to clean up when lined with puppy pads or newspaper.

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The pile of puppies behind Stetson and Matthew is because they are all trying to hog the air vent on the cool tile 🙂 Topaz is the biggest hog!

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Remember we still have two very beautiful Black Phantoms looking for their forever homes. I know most people really love the Merles but these Phantoms are adorable and sweet as ever!   Hoping to get more photos tonight.

Have a great evening- Sheila

Meet “Topaz”

 

After much waiting and anticipation for just the right male, we finally welcomed this handsome fella into our family.  We fell in love the minute we laid eyes on him! He is such a sweet yet independent little guy. We don’t want him to grow up, yet we can’t wait to see what he looks like as he matures.  We plan to show him next year and will be using him for our purebred crosses. Stay tuned for more adorable photos of him and the girls. So far he and Lady have already become great playmates.

AKC Miniature American Shepherd sired by Lone Pine’s Black Tie Affair and out of Moonbaby’s Blame It On The Boom Boom

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