March 12, 2007 — This
week's DaDane features Challangers China Moon, a lovely two-year-old who competed
in Open Bitches at the 2006 GDCA National. Once again, I'm
fiddling around with various methods of minimizing those distracting backgrounds
that we all have to deal with when we're shooting ringside.
For this week's photo
I desaturated the background, knocking out all the color. I then warmed the
grayscale to better compliment the brindle coat. Finally, I applied some
blurring and brightening.
You can see that original photograph really
wasn't too bad, especially considering where it was shot. In fact, I would
guess that some of you might prefer it, at least for advertising purposes. Feel
free to express your opinions in the comments area. I just might learn
Speaking of Advertising...
One of my favorite people in Great Dane rescue, the very charming Sandy Suarez,
has bared it all (well, almost all) to help raise funds for her organization,
Great Dane Rescue Inc. As you
know, breed rescues are constantly struggling to meet their expenses. It's never
group, based in Plymouth, Michigan, shelled
out $70,000 last year in donation-based monies just for medical expenses alone.
(Wow!) So, as part of a new fundraising effort, Great Dane Rescue Inc. just published
its very first Risqué
Rescue Volunteer Calendar. It covers the 2008 calendar year.
In case you
haven't already guessed, the calendar features naked people with their naked
Danes. The naked people (brave rescue members) have managed to
maintain a bit of modesty with some well-placed props. Meanwhile, the Danes don't
really care if they are naked. If fact, a few of them might be embarrassed by
their own props and prefer to remain naked. Just ask the
blushing bumble-bee Dane.
Hopefully I've aroused your curiosity
enough to motivate you to check
out the Calendar. If you need one more little
push, I'll let you in on a little secret. A marvelous little lady named Jean
Suarez appears in the calendar, too. She just happens to be Sandy's 78-year-old
mom. Now that's dedication to a cause — no ifs, ands,
or (ahem) butts!
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