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Took the chance of a bit of sun and got out there with one of the dogs for a play with my new DSLR, I'm, pleased with the result, but would welcome any constructive criticism.

Thanks for looking.

Camera:Sony A200
Lens:70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Working Springer
Username:southsnapper southsnapper
Uploaded:3 Dec 2008 - 2:11 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Portraits / people, Springer spaniel, Working dogs
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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 2:26 PM

Great alert expression and good overall exposure.

Ian

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mick183
mick183  5 South Africa5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 2:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good portrait of your dog; the low viewpoint gives emphasis to the animal and removes distracting elements. The only 'improvement' I'd suggest is lightening the dog's face slightly. Fill in flash -1.5 EV would be my choice (but I don't know how animals might react to this). Alternatively it could be done in the digital darkroom.

Chris

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84246 forum postsKarenFB vcard England161 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 2:55 PM

No critism, constructive or otherwise! This is a gorgeous image. Not only have you got the dog 'in situ' as it were, but the pose is perfect, as is the background. Brilliantly caught! Smile

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 3:16 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Wonderful dog and a great portrait. The problem with shooting this low and looking up is that the sky can take over the exposure so it needs to be adjusted, but not too much as you can see the back of the dog is showing highlights from the sunshine. I might have shot from the dogs head height and more from the right at an angle. Also would have been nice to have a little more space to the right of the dog
Richard

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southsnapper
3 Dec 2008 - 3:42 PM

Thank you Chris and Richard for the tips, and thanks for the comments.

I agree with your comment about more space to the right, problem is in this shot there wasn't any more space, point taken though, need to step back a space a two to give more space for cropping in future.

Smile

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 4:23 PM

A first class dog portrait. Well done. Andy

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 5:15 PM

Lovely shot, lovely dog... I'm with Richard re the difficulty of getting the exposure at that angel... nice detail in the head

Jon

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2008 - 12:01 PM

My own opinion is that more space to the right would reduce the strong diagonal you have in this. Smile

Ian

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MissPea
MissPea  7 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2009 - 6:56 PM

lovely, strong image of a gorgeous dog..agree with some of the comments above but it's still a good un!
Julia

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grockleJB
grockleJB  5 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 - 8:24 PM

A lovely shot of a lovely dog, though I admit to being a little biased as I have 2 of my own. John.

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