April belonged to dear friends of ours and I wanted to try to take her portrait not long after I got my first digital camera, a Nikon D70, and the SB 800 flash. My husband managed to set the flash up for me on a bracket, in TTL mode I think, and we put a black background up in our friends' house and she attempted to get April to pose by giving her hot dog treats. But April was an older dog and her hearing was not the best so we had some trouble getting her to face the camera. Finally Linda tossed a hot dog piece to her and somehow I actually captured that crazy top image. She was such a beautiful Dalmatian although she seemed to imitate a giraffe in quite a few shots too. Sadly April has passed on so I was very glad that I had the chance to capture some of her beauty and personality that day. These images were shot in jpg.
Camera info: Nikon D70, 18 - 70 mm f3.5 - 5.6 lens at f4.5 at 1/60th, ISO 200, flash
Post processing: cloned out one small piece of hot dog in the background, Luminizer to brighten, curves layer to darken the background, lightened her nose with Touch of Light, sharpened with the Edge.