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I thought it was about time I uploaded a new picture for our new dog "Smudge", who was rescued from a puppy farm.

She has come a long way since March:
Her coat that was bald in places and riddled with flea dirt is now lush,richly coloured and clean.

Her eyes that were dull and suffering with conjunctivitus are now bright and full of life.

She had never seen a house yet now she is completly house trained.

She no longer cowers when people look at her.

She has gone from half starved to just the right weight (wish I could do that Smile.

She has found both her tail wagging and her barking muscles.

Basically she has gone from being a scared abused thing in the corner of the sofa to being "Our Smudge".

Chris

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:17-85mm EFS
Recording media:Raw
Title:Our Smudge
Username:lobsterboy lobsterboy
Uploaded:24 Jun 2006 - 5:56 PM
Tags:Cocker, Dog, Pets / captive animals, Smudge, Spaniel
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Gecko
Gecko  825 forum posts Australia
24 Jun 2006 - 6:12 PM

Nice shot, good on you for rescuing her. They always reward you by being such a faithful, fun companion. Pam

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jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
24 Jun 2006 - 6:36 PM

Looks great

Peter

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tull
tull  11181 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jun 2006 - 6:56 PM

Beautiful portrait with a lovely story Chris my late dad's last dog was called Smudge.

Mark.

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lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014180 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2006 - 7:19 PM

Thanks for the comments folks \& thanks for the mod too Ian - I'll try that with one of my closeup shots.

@Mark - I always knew it waa a good name Smile
Chris

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dp  10163 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2006 - 6:07 AM

Her face reminds me of Clement Freud Chris (if you are old enough to remember him). You can be very proud of yourself for all the work you have done with her. She looks very content.

Dave

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lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014180 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2006 - 7:29 AM

LOL @ Dave, she does look a bit like him now you mention it Smile

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84313 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2006 - 6:15 PM

She's beautiful, this is a lovely portrait.

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claret
claret  1049 forum posts England
28 Jun 2006 - 8:03 AM

Terrific story Chris. Cockers are real characters alright
Iain

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naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
9 Jul 2006 - 10:42 PM

Lovely photo and story Chris, we had a spaniel for 15 years, they are gorgeous dogs. Ours was a blue roan too.

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Sus  103183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2006 - 12:47 PM

Stunning girl, beautiful portrait. How is she getting on with Boysie?

How do you meter for a black and white dog? Also, do you do any post production to bring out the eyes - I tend to find they sometimes disappear in a predominantly black face.

I'm going to get that 'the domesticated dog' book - getting quite interested in how the different breeds evolved and how to work with their innate instincts - fastinating stuff.

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lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014180 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2006 - 7:38 AM

Hi Sus,

Yes she is getting on fine with Boysie, there were a few grumbles at first but now he puts up with her...she loves him and tries to protect him if you put his lead on. To be honest she has worked out much better than we ever could have hoped Smile

As for metering - I have no real idea. I am currently playing with ounce flash and a white card to give catchlights in the eyes. Other than that I am still having the black on black problem too.

The book sounds like a good read - let me know if its any good.
cheers
Chris

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Sus  103183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2006 - 7:17 PM

Cheers lobster. (I just started googling for 'ounce flash' - was getting excited that this was some new technique! Strangely enough I can't find it...[don't worry I've twigged!])

(Unless it really IS some new technique then please let me know!)

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lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014180 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2006 - 9:25 PM

yes ounce flash is not as heavy as pound flash Smile

The trocle is the key cetween v & n on this keycoard is not working so I have decided to use the c instead...what a silly castard!

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