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Camera:Canon eos 20 d
Lens:17-40mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:king charles spaniel
Username:debsy debsy
Uploaded:15 Sep 2008 - 8:42 AM
Tags:Pets, Pets / captive animals
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willgriffiths
willgriffiths e2 Member 6willgriffiths vcard Wales
15 Sep 2008 - 10:25 AM

Lovely great shot.
Will

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CathR
CathR  7138 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 10:30 AM

I think these dogs are so cute and have such an adorable face which all comes across very well in your shot. You have got the expression particularly the eyes nice and sharp and the colour of the fur has come out well. But the shot is going a bit soft around the ears - the one on the left in particular seems to be blurring into the background. It might have been better to get more dof around the whole of the face, in my opinion.

But who could resist such a lovely dog.

Catherine

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Patricia Fenn
15 Sep 2008 - 1:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

just enough light on the white fur and a FAB expression make this a picture worth working on. I've done a mod with a brief recipe. If there is anything you don't understand please email meSmile

The composition benefits from a slight crop on the right so that the eyes appear to be looking into a space rather than out of one.

There's not much wrong with the image, just that the background is a little distracting and perhaps the shadows a little dark, but these are all remedied in photoshop. The great thing is you have a good eye for a pic, and you didn't burn out the white fur.

Hope this helps,
Best, P, X

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IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 4:12 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello Debsy,

The comments above are valid, and the thing that spoils a lovely capture is the lack of depth-of-field along with the background as noted.
The background Pat has cured, and it is not always possible to get a perfect background, especially with pets.
The cure for the depth-of-filed would be to clse the aperture down by a stop or so. I'm guessing that this was shot wide open at f/4 on that lens, whereas an aperture of f/5.6-f/8 would have sharpened the face up without sharpening the background too much.
Pets, like humans, benefit from lenses a little longer than you have used for portraits, and, of course, can be a lot cuter! Wink

HIH

Ian

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abbylou
abbylou Junior Member 5 England
15 Sep 2008 - 5:22 PM

lovely big eyes.

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2008 - 7:23 AM

Hi - lovely shot - agree with Patricia, not much wrong with shot except background - well done - Jude,.

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