View Full Version : a tribute to a sweet old friend

April 22nd, 2008, 12:17 AM
Monty died suddenly of a heart ailment in January. I have a series of photos of him from about 2005 when I first got my D70. I haven't thought I could do much with them--there are colour and WB issues, they are JPEGs, and on the day in question I had the ISO too high. I really didn't know what I was doing then.

Here is a B/A of one I like. I have applied Kelby's three step portrait finish, a bunch of denoising/saturation/levels stuff, and I have strongly sharpened the visible eye. Don't know what to do about the overexposure on the snout, but it shows promise. I don't think it is too bad for a noising washed out JPEG shot with a cheap lens:

Trying to work up some nicer pics for my former wife. She is having a rough time with this.


April 22nd, 2008, 12:29 AM
Les, I'm tearing up over this. The dog of my heart was a sable Sheltie...same look about Monty's eye as Quincy had. It is a lovely portrait and beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss. Shar

April 22nd, 2008, 03:11 AM
Les, i am so sorry it is hard to lose an old friend, It is good for you to enjoy the good memories, and will do your heart good to work with the photos.

April 22nd, 2008, 05:06 AM
Boy, was he a handsome dog! You're doing a great job on the photo...

April 22nd, 2008, 05:25 AM
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss . . . working with those great photos can be good therapy.

Joe M
April 22nd, 2008, 07:36 AM
Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an
animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet
goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our
special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of
food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and
vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong
again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times
gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly
stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his
eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group,
flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been
spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling
together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses
rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and
you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your
life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

Author Unknown.

I hope you don't mind.

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April 22nd, 2008, 08:26 AM
Beautiful work Joe. I'm sorry to hear of your loss Less. We recently lost our Westie of 14 years so I understand the pain.

April 23rd, 2008, 12:32 AM
Bridget is very much alive. This was taken on the same day. I had already burnt and desaturated the background in Aperture a bit before applying Kelby's portrait finish, so the vignetting effect is more obvious. The eyes are actually oversharpened but that is not as noticeable in a small sample as on the larger original.

April 23rd, 2008, 12:45 AM
What a cutie. Love those Sheltie eyes...so intelligent, loving, sweet.

April 23rd, 2008, 03:17 AM
i wish i knew about raw then. There is really no detail to be recovered from the blown out patch on his snout. May have to clone something in there. I also want to work on selectively getting rid of the turquoisey chromatic noise in the greyish fur in the right of his mane.