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This is a picture of my big puppy at home. Im very new to photography and dont really know yet what Im looking for.
I really appreciate any time taken to look at and comment on the picture!!!
Thank you!!!!

The only modification Ive done so far is change it from colour into black and white.

Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Lens:Lens EF-S 18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The eyes say it all!!
Username:UNashamed UNashamed
Uploaded:23 Jul 2009 - 2:33 PM
Tags:Black & white, Pets / captive animals
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somnathchatterjee
23 Jul 2009 - 4:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

well a black and white portrait looks good.i must say a very cute dog. as you have wanted critique i should say that the space given at the right side including the rope and harsh sunlight does not work well. it would have been better if you had given some space to the left side instead of giving space to the right side and excluding the rope.

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Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2009 - 6:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

nice picture, the lighting seems quite harsh, I would be tempted to pop a bit of fill in flash there, just to even things out a bit. I like the crop personally.

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ZakBlack  6105 forum posts England14 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2009 - 11:27 AM

Welcome Caroline.
To get the best critique you should give the camera settings used,
such as apperture and shutter speed, or if you set the camera to auto. This would give the critique more understanding.
I'm assuming you are new to a DSLR .As has been mentioned, the light has done you no favours but you can easily do the project again if puppy is obliging.
Get as far away from him/her and get low, then use your zoom at the 50mm end.This will blur the background more than if you had the camera at 18mm with you closer to the dog, with the camera on AV set the apperture to the smallest number by rotating the dial all the way to the left, i think your lens will go to about f5.6. This will open the lens as far as it can to give shallow depth and a fast shutter speed. When you half press the shutter to focus on the closest eye look at what shutter speed appears in the view finder, if its over say 100th/sec then take the shot. if its under 100th/sec increase the ISO until you get a suitable shutter speed.
Practice different settings with and without flash.
Jason

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UNashamed  5 South Africa
24 Jul 2009 - 3:21 PM

Thank you for all the tips and suggestions!! They are very useful and helpful for me!
Caroline

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gingerdelight
29 Jul 2009 - 8:16 PM

I hope all the above tips have given you inspiration Caroline. This is a lovely study of the dog's face. Welcome to EPZ!
x Carol x

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