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Ok here is my critique buddy upload for the month...

I have deliberately chosen a shallow depth of field here to concentrate on Jura's eyes, throwing out the rest of the picture. Also waited for the sun to go behind the cloud to avoid dark shadows.

techi stuff - 1/125sec @ F/4.5, ISO 100, 10-22mm lens @ 19mm.

No Rugs were harmed in the making of this picture...
the model is happily munching his wages in the garden..

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:E-fs 10-22
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Look Into My Eyes
Username:jeanie jeanie
Uploaded:15 Sep 2009 - 12:38 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Pets / captive animals
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Group Event:Critique Buddies September 2009 - Group 1
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richardwheel
15 Sep 2009 - 12:44 PM

the rug looks groomed, or is it that I normally see Jura soaked from head to paw?

good angle Jeanie, and the expression is ace...

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 12:47 PM

haha yes thats' it, Richard.. you usually see him soggy Grin
cheers

Jeanie
Smile

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Shootme
Shootme  4 England
15 Sep 2009 - 1:10 PM

Great amusing shot, looks like a fun dog?

Jim.

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woodrow
woodrow  7153 forum posts Scotland
15 Sep 2009 - 1:15 PM

who's had a haircut then!

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Luciajo
Luciajo  4 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 - 1:25 PM

Nice picture he looks very cheeky!

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 1:29 PM

Lovely photo! Great moment captured! You can tell that it's been taken by a genuine dog lover!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 1:41 PM

The rug has such beautiful eyes, Jeanie, very well captured. Carol

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 1:54 PM

Ta Jim, Paul, Lucia, Matthew and Carol.
Jim he certainly is a bundle of fun Smile

Jeanie

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imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 2:09 PM

What an adorable looking dog, love those big eyes, the depth of field is perfect fo this. The tilt of the head and open mouth is so charming. There is not alot in my opinion to change about this, BUT Smile...there's always a but....People see things with different eyes so for me I feel that you could lose some of the dead space to the left of the picture and Jura does blend a little into the floor colour. I have done a couple of mods, but please remember my own personal tastes will not be the same as everyone elses Smile
Ian
p.s sorry for mod 2...I got carried away SmileSmileSmileSmile

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 2:24 PM

Cheers Ian... Don't mind "but's".. thats what this is all about..
however.......

....if anybody sees the second mod and decides its time for xmas pics to go up - I am sending the rug round to chew your leg... LOL!!!

Jeanie
Grin

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Juliee
Juliee  7382 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 2:29 PM

That's a great grin!
I love the angle and expression you've caught. The only thing I'd maybe change would be the background, perhaps gravel or grass would work better? I find the lines a little distracting.

I've always had a soft spot for beardies, they're so expressionate with those sparkly eyes.
A lovely dog.

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 2:55 PM

I have gravel too... maybe I should try that! (more bribery to get the model to pose, lol)

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colmar
colmar  642 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 3:06 PM

Jeanie great shot maybe a tad overcropped in v2 but two good images and such fun too thanks for sharing Colin

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Imagephotographics

Two beautiful images - lovely face - love the tight crop.

Chris

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 3:45 PM

He's got a very cheeky face, love his trim! Think the Woofmas mod is a hoot, you'll have to use that this year!
Barbara

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 3:48 PM

thanks Colin, Chris and Barbara..
I did consider that Barbara hehe... Smile

Just been out and done a gravel version for Julie... though Jura not in the mood for posing any more and won't smile.. only got one shot and its 1/60th @ F/8, ISO 200. The model is revolting.. Grin

Jeanie

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 4:43 PM

A beauty, Jeanie. Ron

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 8:00 PM

Thank you Ron.
Smile

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 9:21 PM

oo err...
EC, POTW, and another HC....
no stopping you now... Smile

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 10:06 PM

OOh errr Indeed!!! Thanks Pete Grin
Better buy the rug another bone ...

Grin

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Juliee
Juliee  7382 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 10:39 PM

I like the gravel background, brings out his eyes! Wink.....even though he's stopped smiling and seems to be glaring....he obviously thinks he's now supermodel material and deserves better treatment.

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:25 AM

haha.. yes I think you are right Julie.. supermodel indeed... cheeky rug.. Grin

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
16 Sep 2009 - 8:45 AM

Well done you...

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8425 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 12:23 PM

Smile awwww! all fab shots but V1 is just superb
congrats again!

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Robin_TB
Robin_TB  4191 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 2:00 PM

Critique Buddy!
First off, thanks for the critique and tips on Val. This is clearly a specialist area of yours, I should have read the articles you linked first Smile Look out for more (hopefully better!).

Jura is so full of character that every picture you take of him really stands out. Out of the three I think my favourite is V3 on the gravel, even without the smile you just want to hug him and I know I couldn't resist. I prefer the tighter crop of V3 without the close up of V2, although the definition on the fur really brings out his ruggyness.

He looks like a lot of fun to have around, thanks for the photos.
Rob

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JouŠo
JouŠo  956 forum posts Finland
16 Sep 2009 - 4:36 PM

awwwwwwwwwwww Smile

Jouko

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:08 PM

Thanks Chris, Jo, Rob and Jouko.

Thank you for the crit Rob.. not a specialist area but he is usually fairly good when it comes to posing. I like the gravel too, and did think of going on there yesterday morning... but thought I would get comments from gardeners about weeding hehe....I will listen to first instinct next time. Smile

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Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122042 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:36 PM

D'you reckon they know that it's important to pose properly? When I have the camera trained on mine he just sits very still and looks his best, unless of couse he's chasing something. This is a beautiful dog!

Malcolm

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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12350 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 7:52 PM

Blimey, no stopping you at the moment! Well done again, good to see Jura dry, not something I have seen much Wink

Quality work Jeanie Smile

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:07 PM

Thanks Malcolm and Martin..
Malcolm I do reckon you are right Smile Cute means fuss means treats !

LOL Martin.. it is a bit of a novelty to get "dry" shots Smile

Jeanie

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HectorRivera
HectorRivera e2 Member 6HectorRivera vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:22 PM

Great eye contact and contrast, well done, great selection of DOF.

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2009 - 5:59 AM

Thank you Hector.
Smile

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2009 - 11:37 PM

Just great!

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2009 - 5:55 AM

cheers Nic.
Smile

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steveb
steveb  9327 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Sep 2009 - 11:23 AM

Wonderful image, he comes alive, I want to reach out and stroke him!

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2009 - 9:20 PM

thank you Steve..
Grin

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bppowell
bppowell  122119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2009 - 12:45 PM

Three good shots.

For me it is v2, as soon as the image appears it hits you. The expression and reflection in the eyes is good. If I have to find a negative it would be the very, very slightly blown out highlights, that could be my screen rather than your image.

Barry

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oll1e e2 Member 655 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2009 - 12:06 AM

awwww giz a boneo go on ,go on ,go on ,you know ya want to !!!!!!!look into my eyes !!!!! lol
isn't he the best ...love it Smile

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janeez
janeez e2 Member 51147 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2009 - 10:42 PM

Jeanie you have one of the cutest doggies I have ever seen. I particularly like version 3 and feel the gravel really lifts your doggy away from the background. No distracting features to make your eye wander. Smile

Jane

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2009 - 12:31 AM

Thanks Barry, Andy and Jane...
Appreciate your comments..
and yes,Andy - I fall for that look of his every time.. heheh Smile

Jeanie

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2009 - 12:14 PM

love this shot, and spot on with the description re: model being a diva, they are all the same when the camera comes out, whats in it for me sort of thing, my cats are the same, refuse to open their eyes for the picture unless you can strike up a deal with them !! LOL

Nice one
SUE

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discreetphoton Site Moderator 93426 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 3:59 PM

Getting to this a bit late, but never mind, I'm here now Smile
Actually, it's not going to be much of a critique. The depth of field is perfect, and I know your dog well enough to say that it's a characteristic expression! I've done a slight crop to tie in with the diagonals in the background, but that's all I'd change.

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galumphing
13 Feb 2010 - 12:13 AM

Great photos!
Regards from Fluffies in Oxfordshire.

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