I love fall.
I hate cleaning up leaves.
Luckily, I have a husband who has a part-time landscaping business and generally takes care of things like that.
Since moving into our first home together in August 2016, we’ve started our own little fall tradition. He does his leaf-blowing and rakes all the leaves in our backyard into a nice little pile and our dogs jump through the leaves and destroy said pile.
It’s adorable and a lot less messy than it sounds. Here’s our little guy Charlie jumping in his first leaf pile as a puppy last year.
This past weekend, it was finally time to clean up the yard for the season. After getting all the leaves together in the back corner of our yard, my husband grabs the camera and the tripod. Says he’s going to get some HDR photos of the dogs in the leaves.
For anyone unfamiliar, an HDR photo is basically a compilation of three photos taken at precise exposures and apertures in quick succession that are then layered on top of one another to form one cohesive shot. Any movement in the image will stick out like a sore thumb once the photos are layered. A good HDR software program (my fave is Aurora) will help you to ghost out some of the uneveness from the movement, but I had my doubts.
The thought of our dogs sitting still long enough to capture such a photo was truly hysterical to me.
To my absolute surprise, I was proven wrong.
Although most of the photos were unusable as I had suspected, there were a few that turned out pretty darn good.
I may be biased, but I have to say I have the cutest dogs on the whole planet.
And, I think we just may have a new fall tradition.
What’s your favorite fall activity?