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184*365: Adding a Sign to Your Photos

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Well, first I must apologize for missing yesterday’s 365 Photo Project post! I always add this post at the end of the day after dinner. Yesterday, while preparing dinner, I burned several fingers, so much so that we spent the rest of the evening trying to decide if I needed to go to the emergency room. After two hours of trying everything we could find online, just as I was about ready to go ahead and give in on the emergency room, the pain subsided. Needless to say, I didn’t get any typing done!

So today was extra busy! Today we also had a photo assignment as part of our work as Official Apartment Guide pet bloggers. Tomorrow you’ll see our post about pet-friendly Austin but, today, I wanted to show you the behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot.

We headed to Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (if you haven’t been to Austin for a while, this was previously Town Lake). Along Auditorium Shores is a huge off-leash area that’s always filled with dogs. Today was no exception, even though preparations were underway for tomorrow’s fireworks show at the same spot.

For tomorrow’s post, part of a series of similar posts that Apartment Guide bloggers have produced called “Welcome Mat,” we needed to incorporate a yoga mat personalized with the Apartment Guide logo in the shot.

Although you might not often have a seven-foot-long mat to include in your photos, it’s easy and fun to put a sign into your photos, a great shot to have if you’ll be making a slideshow or any kind of “story” with your photos.

Unlike other types of dog photography, where it’s often great to get an angle on your subject, you might want to play around with the angle you shoot the sign from to avoid distortion. We took the mat up on the bridge to get a shot of the lake and, at first, shot it from an angle:

I decided to shoot it from directly in front of the mat, though, and I’m glad I did. The photo below shows less distortion of the letters:

Tomorrow you’ll be able to see the full post with different photos we shot at dog-friendly locations!

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Paris & John

Wednesday 4th of July 2012

Thank you! Texas has so many fun places to visit from the piney woods in the east to the rugged western area to the Gulf. (Just skip the summer...we're meltingggg...)

Thank you for the great advice on the Aloe Vera...I am buying a bottle and keeping it in the refrigerator! I'm going to buy a plant, too!!  Paris


Wednesday 4th of July 2012

Beautiful pictures.  When I retire we are going to start traveling more with the dogs. Texas is one of the states we have never seen.  For your burns. I keep a jar of Aloe Vera gel in the refrigerator. You pour it over the burns right away.  It takes away the hurt.  My son when we was little touch the lawn mower and burned the palm of his hand.  I poured Aloe Vera from the frig on the burn and it did not blister.  I kept putting in on every 15 minute for an hour because it was the palm of his hand.  I am never without Aloe Vera in the refrig.  You can get a plant too.  Take  the plant cut it open length wise and put it right on the burn area and wrap the spot. Aloe Vera works wonders.  I brought my sons a bottle to keep in the refrig too!!  Give it a try the next time you burn yourself.  Helps sunburns too!

Paris & John

Wednesday 4th of July 2012

Thank you! Texas has so many interesting places to visit, from the piney woods in the East to  rugged West Texas to the Gulf. (Just skip the summer months....we're meltingggg...)

And many thanks for the great advice on the aloe vera...I'm buying a bottle AND a plant!! Paris

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