Benny Gettinger: Photo-Graphic Artist

Posts tagged “grass

A New Member of the Family


Our new puppy "Daisy"

Let me just begin by saying that I’ve wanted to have 2 dogs from the very beginning…. When we bought Pita (our 3-year-old fawn boxer), I lobbied for getting two. Every time we see dogs for sale, I try to get my wife over to pet them (and hopefully get all gooey so she’ll get one).

Finally, this past weekend my dreams came true! We saw some boxers for sale, so my wife and I decided to go play with them. When we pulled up, we found that half the little was completely white – which isn’t very common. They were selling at a good price, and since my wife really likes white puppies we ended up getting one!

Her name is Daisy because my wife’s favorite flowers are daisies, and they come in white.

Daisy helping me mow

Today I mowed the yard and the dogs were outside with me. I was a little worried about mowing with this new puppy. She always seems to walk in front of us or between our legs, so I wasn’t sure how cautious she would be around a lawn mower. At one point I experienced a moment of panic when I looked around and didn’t see her anywhere. I discovered that she was actually following right behind me! Up and down the rows we went, and she rarely lagged behind more than a foot or so.
We really enjoyed mowing the yard together, but I learned one thing about having an all-white dog…

Lawnmower Puppy

Lawnmower Puppy

…it’s tough to get the grass stains out!


Barn in the Valley

I pass this barn on the way home from work every day, and every day I think “man, I want to take a photo of that some time.”  I wanted to wait until the grass was a little greener, and there were more leaves on the tree.  Today we had a pretty drizzley afternoon, and I knew the old weathered wood siding would be nice and saturated, so I made it a point to park somewhere and capture it.  This little barn catches my eye every time because it sits alone in an area that starting to become more and more developed.  It’s only a matter of time before it’s gone, and in its place is some strip mall or a house.  I think we need to learn to appreciate some of these quaint little things while they’re still around.

Barn in the Valley

Barn in the Valley

Don’t forget to check the Freebies section for the computer wallpaper.

Green Tomb

I went out this morning to take some photos of the fluffy, white dandelions out on the farm. While I was finding some dandelions to shoot, I came across this beautiful drainage ditch (if there is such a thing).  I thought it actually looked a bit like a tomb.  This is a 3-exposure HDR image (click the picture for exposure information).  After tonemapping in Photomatix, I brought it back into Lightroom for more tweaks like contrast, curves and split-toning.

Green Tomb

More Joy of Spring

Today was a beautiful Saturday here in Kentucky.  I decided that, with the nice spring weather, I would fill in some patchy spots in my lawn.  My dog, Pita, and I embarked on a mission to gather the necessary supplies.  I put down a little topsoil and began casting the grass seed by hand (New Testament parable style) when I noticed that Pita was starting to think this was some kind of game.  I would throw the seed and she would run through it like it was her wedding or something.  It was really cute, but she was starting to hinder the process a bit, so I had to put her on the deck and close the gate.  But when I finished seeding, I played fetch with her favorite toy and let her run through the sprinkler.

Everybody knows that when you plant grass, you must water it.

After a while she became tired, and it occurred to me that it was a beautiful day to take some pictures.  So I grabbed my glass and a tripod and started making some HDRs to document my afternoon.

Pita's favorite toy is this mini basketball with a rope in it.

Pita, weary from an afternoon of joy.

It’s not easy taking a 3-exposure HDR of a dog – requires a lot of shooting/deleting.

I’m trying to push myself to pick up the camera a little more often, just to keep in good shape.  Spring is really helping to motivate me 🙂