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Challenge: Holiday Cards II (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Dec 6, 2013
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2013

All 11 dogs are mine. Although well trained for TV and commercial work, I had to do this in 4 takes. In real life only 4 dogs (at a squeeze) fit into the sleigh.
The "snow" is actually a piece of decoration on the sleigh that I enlarged and "cut up" to use as the base. It just looks better than having to stand on grass :-). The red BG are clouds that I blurred a bit and changed the colour with "hue. then added a black layer to get it darker, else it competed too much with the sleigh.
The star-effect on the writing I did in Topaz (Star Effect). The other stars I added with various brushes manually.

... and yes, this is the card that will go out to family and friends, I have done another one for the business, without dogs.

Place: 14 out of 49
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Votes: 99
Comments: 6
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12/21/2013 09:08:03 PM
Anyone who has ever photographed multiple pets knows just have wonderful this shot is. Should have placed 1st in my opinion.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2013 07:24:36 PM
they all look so serious! it's hilarious! well done!
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12/19/2013 12:56:27 PM
Great shot
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12/17/2013 09:15:53 PM
That is a lot of dogs in one shot. Awesome.
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12/14/2013 09:23:54 AM
I really like the bokeh-like vignette here. It creates a snow like magic aura around the adoable subjects.
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12/13/2013 10:28:29 AM
You can't go wrong with puppy dogs!!!
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