Sophie the Newfie Puppy in a Quiet Moment
Here's the original photo.
With 40 years of living with beautiful BIG black dogs, I know how hard it is to get good pictures of them. They often look like a puddle of black where all detail gets lost.
Photo Processing :
Layer 1) Original background photo with a few small repairs
Layer 2) Copy Layer 1 - Silver Efex Pro2 - Neutral B/W - Normal Blend Mode 100%
Layer 3) Copy Layer 1 > RadLab : Orange You Glad + EZBurn + Edge Blue + Bilk n Cookies B/W + Montecito - Normal Blend Mode 50%
Layer 4) Crop out bottom part of carpet.
No additional textures added to this one. Just playing with the lights and shadows.