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Old Jan 25, 2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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The opportunity for this shot presented when the available camera was a Pentax OptioW. I thought that this grouping of pups nicely communicated a relationship to which we humans can only aspire. I present it "captioned" largely because I am experimenting with the technique. The shot was taken with the built in flash, and all settings were at the factory default, except for the ISO which was set to 50, and the number of pixels and image quality set to the available maximum. Post processing was done with Photoshop to adjust levels and the curve, andminimal cropping. I would, as always, appreciate all comments you wish to share on any aspects.
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Old Jan 25, 2006, 10:49 PM   #2
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what a delightful litter and photograph. you can almost smell that puppy smell and hear their whining
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Old Jan 25, 2006, 11:30 PM   #3
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as cute as puppies are, there are some issues with this shot..

1) busy.. just a mass of puppies without anything to anchor the shot

2) shooting-down at them perpective loses all depth and robs them of personality

3) overexposed white hightlights on a few of the puppies.

4)awkward cropping of many of them

ok.. so some ideas that might work better.. i emphasize might, i am only speculating here..

1) get down to their level.. so get them up to a table and shoot them eye level.. or get down on your belly.. this will give them more presense and personality.

2) arrange them somehow.. go for some symmetry by arranging them looking at you, or at something.

3) props- put them in something.. idunno what.. a camera bag, a basket, a big pillow.. idunno..

4) shoot from further away, this will help diffuse your flash a bit and help with the highlights..

best of luck and look forward to your next posts.
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Old Jan 26, 2006, 3:56 AM   #4
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I agree with Dustin's comments. I think, specifically, I want to see more faces.

So far, most of my shooting and postings have been of sports and no matter how great the action and how great I think the shot is technically, I generally toss them if I can't see at least one expression.

Unless the point it to really draw attention to something else, eyes/faces/expressions immediately start a reaction and set a perspective. With this photo some impact was lost as I was trying to orient myself. None the less, there have been very nice posts where you don't see faces, and I do like the idea you were trying to express and think you have great models to do it with.

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Old Jan 26, 2006, 4:01 AM   #5
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Hi,

I somewhat agree with Dustin in that, its not quite there. However his advice would produce you an altogether different kind of shot from what I think you were goingfor here.

Its a nice attempt. But the collage that you were trying for as Dustin has pointed out lacks personality. You have caught all the backs of heads as they snuggle in for warmth. I think I see what you are doing and I don't mind your angle, if only you could get some more personality built in. Those three little faces together in a nicer photographic location and I think it would be spot on. As it is the two pups with their backs to us are spoiling the show at the moment.

I'm not sure if I am explaining well. Or I guess if you had a cheeky face clearly contrasted against the rest of the bodies and backs of heads it would have been great too. As it stand for me, compositionallyits a ... nearly there. Do you have more, or can you shoot again?

I can imagine its not easy, as I'm sure you don't want to disturb them. However if your gentle enough why not have a try at giving yourself a better composition. Might be worth it.

I guess that even in a few days these pups will develop just that little bit more that eyes will open fur will fluff. Maybe the opportunity for that perfect shot will present itself.

Im not a fan of buillt in flash and it's evident in the reflection of the white burn in the right hand side.
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Old Jan 26, 2006, 4:45 PM   #6
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I would tend to agree with all of the above comments. The lack of facial expressions makes it hard to convey any feeling of contentment or security which I think is what you were going after. Also having the flash as the main source of light, robs this image of warmth, which I think would convey your message a lot better.

The great thing about this is you have alot of great subjects to photograph in the coming weeks. What breed of dog is this by the way???
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Old Jan 26, 2006, 6:51 PM   #7
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i can see where LB is going with her suggestion as well.. and i think that would probably be more in line with what you were going for.. i think i described how to shoot a greeting card shot.. hehehe...

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Old Jan 26, 2006, 6:52 PM   #8
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Quintessential Moments wrote:
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seems mr. hardwick, you only give selected critiques - or are you turning over a new leaf too?
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Old Jan 27, 2006, 11:41 AM   #9
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Don't worry about it Hards,

This guy has no beneficial critique what so ever to contribute.

even said I was promoting pornography with my last avatar ?????? :??:??
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Old Jan 27, 2006, 3:15 PM   #10
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even said I was promoting pornography with my last avatar ?????? :??:??

What??? that is absurd... hehe


btw- i really like the new avatar, its cute and very personable.. but watch out, showing that bare leg and shoulder could be further promoting pornography.. hehehe.. :?
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