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Another great portrait of Max, click for the dog regards Brian
This is gorgeous. Well done.
Works very well with the black background.
I'm not a great fan of cute pet shots but even I couldn't resist clicking this. Sheer class.
Max is so soulful! Lovely.
Excellent! White wall, yes! √ΜΛЯΚ
This is good stuff, especially the way you have managed to keep all the detail on the dog even with a black background.
Excellent shot - love the expression.
Click and a woooof from me
Sound brill on a huge canvas on a white wall,it would save you decorating as well !!
Great shot, I agree it would look good on a large canvas on a white wall.
Marvellous portrait. Less is more.
Another great shot of the wonderul Max, I still reckon he deserves his own web site by now...nice one Martin,, click, Mac
This would be fantastic on a large canvas. i have put some of my work onto A1 Canvas and have been so pleased with them .
Let me know how it looks but trust me you will be so proud
Love the image and he looks a smashing dog - well taken Martin.
Great !! Hope you have selected the right wall to hang this on. *click* Sylv.
Wow. That's all that needs to be said, I think.
Stunning!!!!!!!!Agree this would be gorgeous on a white wall poster size.
I love these photos of Max. He is a great model, isn't he? Wonderful image!
Just SUPERB, absolutely stunning work.
Really well done love the light , the eyes are fantastic, wish I had done this one.
All the best
nice shot, very well done.
Looks almost 3D. Well done. Click
Totally stunning shot. Cant fault it. Very well done.
Excuse me. I'm looking for a pup. Have you bred him yet? Cracking shot.
Thank you all so very much.
I have to say this is my favourate image of Max so far. The one with the blue toning comes in a very very close second.
Wonderful shot Martin, I love the way Max just blends into the darkness, excellent ....click
Would look lovely on Canvas, I love this dog!! Great shot Martin, sweet dreams to you
another winner, martin. good job.
brilliant ... wonderful work
That's a beautiful picture of Max
How did you light him ??
Great Shot CB
Superb. Such soulful eyes.
Top class, well done.
This is another beaut, Martin, but how can you miss with a dog like that!
Sorry for the late comment, but have been busy.
Stunning! Another amazing pci of Max such a beautiful dog and such a beautiful picture. Hopefuly you'll make it over the 50 mark - EC and pic of the week would be rightly deserved.
Another top shot. Can I borrow him sometime plus a tip or two of how to get such a good shot? clk
Another stunning image of a very patient dog.
Blimey... never thought I'd get to the bottom. A well deserved list of comments on a superb photo. One of the best dog shots I've seen.
DAMN RIGHT ------ worthy winner
Pete. I can't thank you enough.
More chuffed than I can put into words.
Thank you all.
I've just banged my head doing a backflip!
photo of the week
the best dog shot EVER...
I've just woken him up and he's stuffin' his face with biscuits thinking its his birthday!
And if you pardon the pun...
... TOP DOG!
Stunning shot - The eyes have it. Congrats on the E.C.
Those eyes! Wow! This is indeed a lovely photo. The black is the right choice, well done on a cracking shot and a deserved EC.
I knew I recognised the dog! But out of the two crackers - this is the crackiest!
One of the best pictures i've seen on this site, IMO.
Great photo, lovely dog, lovely eyes and quite intense, very effective. Thanks
Back in black
Another wicked shot of Max..
Congrats on a well deserved EC.
Gorgeous image, very handsome dog..oh and congrats on the EC, you absolutely deserve it!
Well deserved EC
That's a screamer.....congrats on the well earned EC.Ade
Looking at it next to my other EC of Max ( which I love), this seems to blow it away. I'm really gonna find this hard to beat.
Stunning image One that would make me very proud to have taken
I actually hate dogs (sorry), but I like this! Well Done!
Tis a great shot, however I think the catchlight in his left eye is too big compared to his other eye. A bit fussy I know, but I still think it is a fantsatic shot, excellent lighting, love the look of "black on black"
WOW, Martin that is truly a great shot of Max!!! Well Done!!!
Click to ya,
Bloody well done Martin, I am sooooooooo happy for you, just one of my fave photographers ever you are, well done and to Max too
Many congrats on the EC. Brilliant shhot.
Many congrats on a well deserved EC. Brilliant image.Click
I dont know what to say.click
Black dog, black background...
Well done, brilliant shot.
Have to agree with Gary's choice of words.. This is just awesome.
Mike (Clicked - of course!)
not much more to say,
It's all been said...A stunningly beautiful picture...Congrats on a well deserved EC...Click...Sue
Excellent shot, Martin. I CAN really imagine this on a big canvas (it should get photo of the week imo)
Quite breathtaking. Congrats on the EC.
Brilliant. The best dog shot I've seen in ages.
wonderful shot,well done.
This dog is becoming an ephotozine legend.
It works really well with the black dog and the black background
congrats again, martin. a very worthy shot. i think if it doesn't show up as photo of the week we will all chip in and get that canvas for max. :o)
Adding my congrats - I bet a white wall is waiting for this one!
Indeed a fine shot - it's the eyes that do it!
Click and Congrats
What a great shot! Can't say more.
Max is a wonder, and you've caught his soul so well,
Wow, Martin - Just came back to visit this shot and I see you've got another well deserved EC! Congratulations indeed.
This is SUPERB, Martin!!! Yet another winner! congrats! =)
This is the best pic i have ever seen of a dog...the dogs eyes pull it out so well.
Stunning shot great presentation, (i have seen this somewhere else, i think!!!).
Cant add anything that hasnt already been so rightly said, great work and congratulations on the EC. K.
Thank you all so much.
Heath you're absolutely right on the light in the left eye. I've cloned out some of the white and it is now perfect.
Just brilliant, would be a worthy winner if it gets pic of the week. click
Magic shot, well deserved EC
Beautifully exposed. Deserved the EC - smashing, super, great etc. Truly excellent work Martin
Commented already, but congratulations on the EC, well deserved.
Congratulations on your EC. I hope it does get POTW. Brilliant!
you never cease to amaze!!! Yes I did imagine this photo on canvas. and if there would be a photo of the year, for me this is it! if you dont mind, can i have a copy of max' pic? id love him to be on my desktop. thanks. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
that is really good, we can only be inspired
superb - inspires me to do better with my 3 labs - hope he has been duly rewarded!
Martin..another EC,fabulous.I could see this winning many competitions and yes i agree this would look brilliant on canvas as photo of the week.Another fabulous shot of Max,hope he got a nice juicy bone for this superb modelling.Well done and congratulations on the EC,it's well deserved*click*
Damn fine shot and your 100th click from me!
Am I the only one who'd rather not see this as photo of the week? Hmmm . . . I wonder why!
Good luck Martin, not long to wait.
Martin, what did I say! Many, many congrats, it must have been my comment that swayed it!!! This is so well deserved. Again fantastic photo, STAR *
Sorry missed this. cant miss it now its POTW !
Great image - has a kind of holographic feel to it.
Very well done
Wonderful shot, congrats on the EC and photo of the week, well deserved!
Superb - well done
Well done Martin, I still think the blue one has the edge for me but all your pictures of Max are superb and this will look amazing on canvas ...the best thing about them is that it just shows you don't need a big expensive camera to produce stunning pictures.
I'm sure I've said it before but your portfolio is fantastic, one of my favourites on here, imaginative and original ...and all done with the Canon A80 (and a little help from Photoshop!!)
Well done with POTW - this should look stunning. I'll forward your details to Gaskin now, who will be in touch shortly.
I TOLD YOU, IT WILL WIN!!! Not the pic of the year tho, but still, we'll see MAX on canvas!!! Well Done, and Congratulations!!!
POTW well deserved.
Brilliant, you got your wish.
Can you upload a photo of it when it's done?
This is just gorgeous! All the praise above is justly deserved. Inspirational.
Lovely shot, well done
Great shot. CLICK
Definitely the dog's whatsits! Well deserved winner. Click!
Handsome chappy! excellent pic has a kind of 3d effect. Congrats on EC and POTW.
Great shot. Wonderful dog.
I usually don't like "pet" shots, but this is so well done, and you've captured something in those soulful eyes. Congrats!
great job on POTW - i think some of us (...me...) would love to know how you shot this. i have a chocolate lab that i would absolutely love to be able to shoot like this, and have it framed for the wall.
i'm sure it would never turn out this well though.
its amazing he stands out so well against that black background
well done excellently shot
Woof! Woof! Big slobbery click for this one!
Great photo, startlingly similar to my Tess Shot.
Worthy winner, had to have another look, well done.
Flawless. Bet it'll look great on the wall
And congratulations on getting photo of the week Martin,EXCELLENT.
An excellent image, definately in the top 10 of the POTW shots. Congratulations!
Wow, wow, wow....well done. Buy him a big bone now!! (Max, not Pete!)
Stunning work yetagain. click
PS I have to agree with Flossie I still think the blue one has the edge
Wow!!! Where do I start?
THANK YOU ALL!!
I can't believe little old me has done so well with just a little compact digital.
I love taking pictures and love using photoshop. A mixture of both were used for this image of Max as were most of my uploads. The A80 is great but doesn't give me enough freedom to take the shots I'd sometimes like to (Anyone with a shiny new Canon 20D they don't want..?) but it's all I can afford, so I make the best of with it.
My knowledge of photoshop is not that great either - I learn from magazines and plenty of trial and error. Where it all works as a package for me is being creative. I've always had a vivid imagination and try my best to make an image that's perhaps a little different or if possible, original. The big bonus is when someone actually likes it.
I know a few of you would like me to tell you how I set the shot up and post worked it, but for now a very uncharacteristic selfish part of me wants to soak up all the glory of being the black lab portrait king (for this week anyway. LOL!), so I'm not telling yet. It's not too difficult and I'm suprised not to have seen some similar yet.
I haven't told Max yet of his fame as I'm worried he'll get all diva-ish on me and start clicking his paws making outlandish demands - you know, a bed made of chicken, watch me stand outside in the rain for a change, that sort of thing.
Thanks Pete for choosing my image and thank you all again for such kind words.
I've still got painting to do (it's not that there's loads of it, it's just that I'm real slow. LOL!).
Martin (one happy bloke).
Cracking shot Martin,conrats on both EC and POTW.A big well done*click*
Congrats on both awards, this is going to look stunning on the gaskin print
well done again
Awesome, beautiful, appealing, I would have it on my wall.
I hate pet photos with a passion (normaly) but I love this to bits! I am not sure if you'll take this as a compliment but it is meant as one!
How did I miss this? Stunning.
Well conceived, beautiful colour & dog too.
good tho i am pretty sure i have already seen this shot somewhere before, cant think......err
Perfection mate ☼☼☼☼☼
Warb, i also brought up a similar issue with another shot of max!But apparently there is only one Max!
Hmm there is also a shot very similar to warbdrobe in this portfolio!
A deserved winner I have never seen such a beautiful picture of a dog it would look great on my wall. I havent got a chance.
Jacqui78. (give him a big kiss for me just remembered Im about to have a Gt Grandson expected the end of the month a chosen name of MAX)
Don't have to worry about one wall now, cover it with the canvas..
Would you consider selling this image. I would love this on my wall if only to pee off my dog who'd sit there and look at it all day and pray!
An amazing shot - you should be very proud of this picture!
Been trying to see some misperfection, noticed the eyes are not level but that only makes him more natural - this photo is too perfect..... LOL!
Briliant shot, deserves all the prizes there are.
Hope you're done with decorating now.....
wow very good pik love it
very cutie dog
Very impressive.What a face!!
now - that on the wall will be absolute fantastic!! Wonderful!
Lost for words.
Perfect exposure on a difficult subject.
Stunning detail and it just shows it's the photographer not the camera!
Warb - If you and Danielle are saying that I'm in the habit of copying peoples images then you can both get stuffed! I have a black dog and the best way for me to show him off is with a black background.
In regards to Danielle's (riced) comment on your wardrobe image I've just had a look (FOR THE FIRST TIME!) and see no comparison to my 200th upload shot (which I think she means) which was done in the style of my Gallery series.
You both almost seem to be saying you can't do a B&W shot because someone else has.
I'm deeply sorry if I've got the wrong end of the stick, but if I haven't - you're both lucky we're all not in the same room.
Thanks everyone for your comments.
You gotta admit - it IS almost identical to my Tess shot. Must admit I was a little peeved when I saw you've got 2 EC's and a POTW for your max shots when I did the original black dog on black background shot in April. Fair enough, Pete gave me an EC for mine too, but if you notice on your first Max EC Pete wrote "Wow....I thought I'd given this an EC about a year ago...I must be mistaken???"
No Pete, you weren't.
The gallery pic you did for your 200th upload also reminded me of Warb's "Warbdrobe" which was a great original idea.
By the way, let's not get Max involved in this. He's a right cute little bugger.
Oh and by the way, Danielle is my girlfriend and I'd appreciate you not telling her to "get stuffed".
Call Warb what you want ;o)
(only kidding Warbersonne)
Apologies for sounding agressive.
I'd never seen your Tess shot before. I'm into black backgrounds at the moment and I put max against one. Wether you have done the same is irrelavant to me. If you do a shot with a woman on a white background portrait you're basically saying no one else can.
Pete chooses the images he likes, it's that simple. He chose a few Kingfisher shots and I don't see one photographer getting upset over the other.
I'm not going to debate this further 'cause the world has enough petty arguements going on and life's too damn short.
I hope many people do the same with their dogs and get EC's. If they're good enough Pete will choose them. And good luck to 'em.
Sorry once again to your girlfriend I thought it was an accusation of me copying.
Warbs wardrobe shot is excellent but in no way the first time someone's made a montage of their images.
Nuff said for me. I've got wallpaper to measure - if you thought I was aggressive before then come and see me deal with wallpaper. Bloody hate the stuff!
Hi Martin, sorry to hear your on a downer keep Negative comments are always welcome if its taste technique etc but have to admit like yourself sometimes they go beyond this simple task and really get the hairs on the back of the neck on edge. Poor Max thinking he was the only black dog around and poor Linda-x's late Brian the snail thinking everyone one else was trying to edge into the limelight when he was around. Now there seems to be mushrooms growing all over this site. Some people just can't see others joy in viewing great work and the photographer basking in a little well deserved praise for there efforts.
There is nothing original on this site, my portfolio or anyones else for that matter what there is are peoples own take on well used themes and subjects given a personal twist and some outstanding photo teqnique no more, no less and your wonderful max photos are testament to this.
Take it from me without these pills this rant would be a lot less polite.
take care mate and more power to your photography.
yes it is a lovely shot, and just a coincidence i guess, or petes losing his memory (hmm maybe i should try reuploading a few heheh) but im sure you can understand mr mulrooneys annoyance.
oh and by the way al, if 'call warb what you want' is the thanks i get for sticking up for you then im coming round to kidnapp tess :op
anyway, apologies if i have lowered the tone in any way, but pretty much anything i say should be read as tongue in cheek, and if it wasnt for the inspiration i have got from other photographers work on this site i wouldnt have taken half the shots i have.
now wheres my black background...
LOL Warb, Tess is now under police sureveillance. I do apreciate you "sticking up for me" - i'd do the same for any other shot I thought was an originality.
I can't say whether you have seen or have not seen Tess's shot before, nor can I say the same for warb's drobe pic. I was a bit shocked by the way you didn't like to tell anyone how you'd done this shot - look at mine! I put it in the description.
This was never an argument over EC's (and we could go on about that for an eternity), just purely the fact that they look so similar.
Anyway, if nothing else, look at the attention this has drawn to your pic! This must be one of the highest rated pic's i've seen on EPZ.
I'm off to bed now. See ya!
Didn't realize I had to tell how I'd done it.
Simalar my bottom! Max is far better lookin'.
Victor has very kindly summed it all up very nicely (and calmly).
I was never trying to annoy you Martin (I see you've edited your post there, a little harsh in your hindsight no doubt). Jeez, can people not express their own opinion any more? I thought that's what made this site so diverse.
And another edit there I see.
This is beautiful, original or not!
A beautiful image and a well deserved EC. I,m jealous as hell cos I don,t think I'm ever going to get a result like this. Maybe I need to stop taking pictures in Glencoe just in case someone else says they,ve done it before. Well done
Simalar my bottom! Max is far better lookin'.
I wasn't talking about whose dog was better looking LOL, I was talking about how the shot was executed. Haha.
Simply stunning. Very well done.
Keep up the good work Martin.Praise where it's well deserved i say..now..hurry up with that decorating so we can see some more fabulous uploads :o)
How did I miss this - excellent
Brilliant. A well deserved EC, and a well deserved public response.
Maybe you could get that Canon D20 with a bit of marketing, or the right competition? It really is a fantastic shot.
Excellent. very well done.
WOW!WOW & erm... WOW!
I'm still overwhelmed.
I feel I need to close the arguement as this is my image.
What Al fails to realize is that as I said on my first Max EC is that it was an earlier shot I never posted because I wasn't completely happy with it. It could've been taken in Feburary where as his was uploaded in April. This could be the Ace in my pack, except I took the shot in August but I stand by the fact that I'd not seen his before. The discussion on the subject ends here for me. It's all been very childish (me included) and doesn't reflect my true happy-go-lucky personality who doesn't take kindly to accusations of out right copying - like I said "life's too short".
Peace and respect to you all.
Well said Martin. Like I said earlier, I was only expressing an opinion. I did realize you put that on your first EC pic and like you said, you could have taken it anytime. It has gotten out of hand and I'm glad we can now drop the affair.
Life isn't short man! Name one thing you can do that's longer ;o)
Congratulations on a well deserved award. I've had a look at the comments made by certain people regarding your image and that of another member. OK, they are both black Labs, the other is very good, but Max's portrait is quite stunning. The image has the perfect eye contact and angle. It would make a stunning head study with or without the black backdrop. So my hearty congratulations to you.
By the way, I used to make quite a good living out of taking headstudies of pedigree dogs.
This is superb. Best dog portrait I have ever seen! It's like a masterpiece painting, well done. Click.
I've got a feeling this one might reach 200
Got RSI scrolling to the end of this page so I doubt you'll notice my comment! I absolutely love this shot, it well deserves to be pic of the week. How could you even think of decorating when he clearly wants to go for a walk? click
This is WONDERFUL Martin,just found it,FANTASTIC,WOW
Best picture I've seen in ages.
Oh wow! Stuning image - hope you enjoy it on the canvas! Congrats on EC, and photo of the week. It's gorgeous
Have a look at mine... I copied your idea though. My dog is quite ugly
I probably can't say anything that hasn't already been said. Probably the best shot I have seen since joining. Superb image of which you must be extremely proud.
Thank you very much all.
I have to say "all" because I'm not gonna type out each and every one of you. LOL!
Yes Mike very proud.
Canvas is sorted, just gotta wait.
I was sure that I clicked on this before, when I first joined, and this pic was quite new. But now I can't find it in this long list of pictures!
It is such an amazing picture. Wow![b/] You're probably amazed that your still getting clicks, but this is such an orginal picture. How [i]did[i/] you get that?! Your lucky Max didn't move at the last minute! It only happens to me, probably! I'm not that creative to think of something like that.
As long as you have a creative mind, you have a creative picture. Your camera did a good job! [b]188 now!
"Click" x 300
Martin. (still gobsmacked).
Well I pop back on here after weeks of absolutly no artistc thought at all and I see this.
Do you realise how depressing this is for someone with photographers block!!
Superb shot and I cannot add to any of the comments already stated apart from, his nose could be a little wetter
I finally got round to saying this is one of the best pet images I've ever seen, the detail is spot on. Congratulations. Hope the award helped you through the pain barrier of decorating...urggghhh!
As the owner of two labs (allbeit yellow ones) this has to be the best shot of the breed I've seen. Absolutely stunning.
After viewing the arguments and seeing the images in question.. when all said and done.. I THINK YOURS IS BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just to add further comment if I may, it really is a stunning image. The detail in the highlights is... wow.. it's... stunning. Anaeasthesia.. no offense meant in my previous comment. You still did a good job on your image... but you must agree that this is.... well... STUNNING!
sorry i meant synaesthesia not anasthesia. :o)
Can see why this got an Ec, simply stunning, the negative space created by the dark background really pull the eye into the eyes of the dog,
3 to go.Already clicked.LOL
come on, you can reach 200!!!
I was gonna post a forum to beg for 3 more clicks...LOL!
It was not a very smart move to suggest you copied the shot - for starters even assuming it were true (which nothing suggests to me it is)- ideas are ten a penny it's the execution that counts -
For seconders there is no comparison - not in the visual and even less in the quality!
Again well done
needless to say I'm grinding my teeth at having been knocked off my pedestal and not by just you!
I've just realised that I must have been so distracted by the whole furore when I first commented that I forgot to tick - so there ya go 1 more !
Thanks Dave. You're a gent.
Oh bugger it... if no one else will be 199 I guess I'll have to be!
This is simply stunning. I loved the blue Max but agree that this is even better. Well done and well deserved on all the praise. Seeing as it's put to bed, I'll refrain from adding my two-penneth about "inspiration"... suffice it to say I'm with davieb.
Great shot :0)
Absolutely stunning image, fantastic.
Thanks so much all.
201 - how about that?!
congrats Martin for 200.Excellent.
Congrats on the double ton, Martin. I don't think I've ever seen a pic do that before. And to think I was pleased that I got over 100 for my self portrait !! :-\
Just love this one Martin
Brian from the Portfield
amazing! . . I also have a black lab called max, but no idea how to create images of this quality. I am using Canon 300D and enjoy Pant Shop, red wine and viewing the quality images on epz.
An outstanding capture ... love it! Congratulations on the well-deserved EC. *click*
So much said already , so i will only say great photo.
Very, very nice. I like it exactly as it is. It has a minimalist feel to it that draws one's attention directly to those lovable eyes and that wonderful nose. Great job!
i've already clicked ages ago but had to come back to say congrats on over 200.
Cheers for that.
Wow Martin 216, and here's me happy that I got over 20!! Well done mate, well deserved. Do you know if this is one of the highest? Dead chuffed you and Max are doing so well.
cracker cant say any more click stuart
Thanks Tracy, Stuart.
I've not seen any over the 200 mark, so it must be up there as one of the highest.
If it hasn't all been said by now, I'll be surprised!
Should be in the portrait sectio. Its superb. Paul
I came back to see if you won the competition Martin, can't believe how many clicks you've got, well deserved too ...you gonna tell us how you did it yet? Wish I could click again, how's the canvas?
Cheers, Doug, Paul.
Really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Keep coming back to this one. Have a dog just like him (Ben).
Had to make it click number 222.
Max is gorgeous...what liquid eyes!
Still mega! S
Just stunning. Click.
Just come across this. Fantastic.
An avid dog photographer myself, this photo is so inspiring.
Stumbled across it too - just fantastic!
Another beautiful shot!
This is truly one of the most beautiful black lab portraits I've seen. Max is gorgeous and lucky to have such a talented photographer in the family!!!
regarding the negative comments, all ill say is that as far as i understand this website isnt really meant to be particularly competitive
this is by far the best picture i have seen taken of an animal......i love it.....
*Hmmm.....i wonder what my ginger mutt would look like with a Black rinse!*
This is simply stunning Martin i dont really think i could say much more, stunning.
250 - never in a million years did I think it would do this well.
Just had to check your progress on this one. Last visited abou 3 months ago. This is one of the outstanding ones! well done in getting over the 250 mark. I'd add one more if i could but i've already clicked... Sorry.
SOmething very magical about this......and Im not a dog lover!!! Simple and just brilliant.
Genius! I love the simplicity of this piece. Great work
Wow - all the times I have admired this and just noticed I had not clicked on it ... so click xxx
'Bout bloomin' time missus!
I don't think I've ever managed to click on the same image twice in one day - this one and your recent upload. Pleased to be able to do so in this case, Martin. Every vote (and a million more) deserved.
Great shot, how many times did you have to try and get the dog to sit still. click
seen this loads of times and just realised i've never clicked it. its ur fault 4 making this such a great image that all i can do is stare at it in awe