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taken at Merris wood Golf Club 7 month old Bearded Collie in joying the snow

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 100-300 f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:snow ball express
Username:bigras bigras
Uploaded:23 Mar 2010 - 9:45 PM
Tags:Humour / fun, Pets / captive animals, Snow. dog. bearded collie.pet. happy.
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cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 10:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a tricky shot, Dog coming at you head on at speed, Looks pretty darn good detail wise, Although the small file size is really hard to judge.

The only thing that looks strange is the colour of the snow, On my recently calibrated high quality NEC display, The white of the snow has a yellowish cast.

This may be down to the ambient light at the time of the shot, A low evening sunlight can warm the colours up a notch or 2.

If that was the case then thats how the WB would translate it.

So basically it looks as it should. As shot.

Or this may be down to how your monitor is set-up, And what you see may differ from what my monitor is showing me.

If its a lighting cast, You can alter that in software, By cooling the temperature down a tad.

Whatever its a good shot as is, But there would be no harm in seeing how it would look without the cast, If I get a moment I'll give it a try.....Smile

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NobbytheNobster
23 Mar 2010 - 10:17 PM

Very good capture.
Ricky.

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PeteLowe
PeteLowe  6
23 Mar 2010 - 10:24 PM

Great shot.
Pete.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 11:08 PM

lovely image.
saeid

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105968 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 11:19 PM

super capture. My late beardie boy Hamish used to look like that with all the snow balls stuck on his fur.. my other boy has short hair so its not so bad for him!
Jeanie
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Davesumner
24 Mar 2010 - 10:16 PM

Hi Raymond,

Just love your shot, you've handled the snow really well and the dog is great, it has action whilst being sharp. I can almost feel the dog running at me. There are just a few dark spots at the top of the image that I would have removed in post production but apart from that the image is great.

For me and this is just my opinion, I think the dog needs to stand out a little more from the snowy background which obviously needs to be white. So I've had a little play with your image to see what I could come up with. First of all I have cropped the image a little and removed the dark spots at the top. I increased the exposure to whiten the snow a little more and then painted the dog back through the mask so its exposure stayed the same. I then increased the saturation to give the dog a little yellow colour and then painted the snow back through the mask so it stayed white. I then burned in the snow below the dog so it regained its features and sharpened the whole image. Finally I reduced the noise in the image and ended up with the mod I've uploaded for you to see.

Please remember that this is just my opinion and the image should remain how you like it but I hope it helps.

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 24 Mar 2010 - 10:18 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 11:02 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a great dynamic shot, well taken.

Youve got good advice frm cameracat on the yellow snow.

In addition to correction of the yellow cast, I have a couple of suggestions in the 2 mods Ive uploaded:

Rather than a square crop, why not a portrait crop, providing extras space at the bottom to add to the dynamic feel, - more space to run into; second mod adds a small amount of radial zoom blur to accentuate the speed,


Regards


Willie

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bigras
bigras  7 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2010 - 9:16 AM

thank you all for the positive input and suggesttions for improvements

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