Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our next holiday card

Snowing at the manor house
I almost began this post with an apology for all the snow pictures I've posted. (There are two slide shows at my other blog). And then I thought, I can do what I want. No need for apologies.
One commenter told me that I should use this as next year's holiday card after seeing a portion of it in the mosaic (post below). It was snowing like mad and the wind was blowing it onto my face, stinging my skin. George looks happy, though.
I used an action from Kevin Kubota that I've never even noticed in my set before. It's a creative effect called Kubota Light GlowSoft Highlights. It gives the background of the photo a slight gaussian blur, lending an almost-dreamy look.

23 comments:

Sharon said...

It's a great shot!

Who has to fix that fence? ;)

Traci said...

Wow, wow, wow...this is a stunner!! Love it!!!

Patrina said...

yeah, I like the effect really well. I just love this frozen moment. Awesome!.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It is a wonderful shot.

Jen

Mary said...

Beautiful! It will make a wonderful card!

Sweetpea said...

Gads, now you've done it...this has to be one of my alltimefavoriteGeorge photos!!!!! A most perfect Christmas card of all time...

Also, there is something very special about George's placement in the shot. It's not like any border collie ever has to pay attention to a fence or gate since they will sail over and through anything if that's their will. But look where he is. At the gate. waiting. so telling.

Happy winter solstice, CG & George & Mr. CG!

suzyQ said...

I agree... it would be a beautiful card!

Si said...

Beautifully composed, lovely photograph.

Si

Country Girl said...

I can see all the problems with the shot, things like the fence falling down, the old tree that needs to come down (the one with all the vines) but really, all that 'stuff' is what's here. It's an old estate and the grounds haven't been properly maintained for years. And in that snowstorm, walking up this little hill by the barn, I saw George standing right inside that gate. And as I lifted the camera to my eye, I thought "this place is beautiful". And then I thought, "I hope that little sucker stays still."

~ C.G.
Thanks, all.

Debbie said...

Beautiful shot...and how nice of George to cooperate! :) I really like the action you applied to this one.

S. Etole said...

This just has "home" all over it. Beautiful.

Vicki ~ FL said...

What a magnificent photo ..... I agree it would make a beautiful Christmas card especially since it would be very personal.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

it would make a lovely holiday card. like how george is welcoming us to the homestead ^..^

Char said...

it's perfect....george looks so happy to have you home

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's exactly right. It's your blog!

Love that boy, so pretty.

Mrs Soup said...

This is such a beautiful photo! The action added that perfect little bit to it. Amazing.

Daryl said...

Perfect!

Betty said...

I see no problems with that shot it is perfect. Any shot with George has to be the greatest.
~~Love Hugs and Good Thoughts~~

need_a_latte_mom said...

We are our own biggest critic.
Keep up the good work, 'cause I am learning a lot from you!

Rhonda Moon said...

I love it.

Kerri said...

LOVE this!! I think it would be perfect for your next holiday card!

Wendi said...

Simply beautiful.

Wendi Winfrey
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Kacey said...

That is gorgeous!! Great shot. Perfect action for it.