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Hi everyone, 'had a go' at another dog I captured during the agility competitions recently. Similar manipulation to the previous but I have tried to put the dof in the grass in a different place as this was mentioned in my previous upload, difficult to get exactly right as the dog is jumping in the original and is a couple of feet above ground level. I have enabled 'mods' again if you feel it could be improved upon.
Many thanks to those of you that took time out to view and vote on my previous upload and a special thank you to Mike (hasslebladuk), Ann (EAS), John (lonely_oryx), Sylvia (teocali) for the UA's and Pete for the HC. I never expected such a response and for that I am very grateful,
Regards,
Geoff.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200mm VR f/2.8 Plus 1.7x TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Sep 2011 - 3:13 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Izzy
Username:FeatherFriend FeatherFriend
Uploaded:5 Oct 2011 - 11:13 AM
Tags:Agility comp, Digitally manipulated, Dogs, Honiton Showground
Votes:83
Modifications wanted Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)
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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 11:25 AM

A big congrats on all those well deserved awards .....
and looks like another award winner here

johnjones
johnjones  5 England
5 Oct 2011 - 11:35 AM

What a cracking shot brill.
jj

gingerdelight
5 Oct 2011 - 12:01 PM

Another stunner here, very well captured and processed.
Carol

Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 440 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:10 PM

Great image bursting with exuberance!
Alun

tigertot
tigertot  1136 forum posts England
5 Oct 2011 - 12:16 PM

Love the happy look on the dogs face - he's really enjoying himself. Love the exposure - spot on. The eyes really drew me in amongst all the action.

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:18 PM

This images reinforces in my mind that your photography is in a league of it's own: you won't get a much better action doggy shot than this. Superb use of selective DOF and focusing.
Beautifully done, Geoff.
Ronnie.

EOS_fan
EOS_fan  427 forum posts England
5 Oct 2011 - 12:20 PM

Fantastic shot, well done Smile

hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:37 PM

Another stunning shot just love it
mike

Cormy
Cormy  7 England
5 Oct 2011 - 12:39 PM

Another stunner,Birdman.
Cheers
Alan

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:43 PM

Thanks all and a special thank you to Steve (EOS_fan) for the UA, really appreciated,
Regards,
Geoff.

Last Modified By FeatherFriend at 5 Oct 2011 - 12:49 PM
PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:17 PM

Fantastic frozen image, perfect in every respect and what a beautiful dog, Patti

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:29 PM

Hi Geoff,
This has more of a cut-out feel to it compared to the previous one, especially around the back legs and the elbow of his front left leg.

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:53 PM


Quote: Hi Geoff,
This has more of a cut-out feel to it compared to the previous one, especially around the back legs and the elbow of his front left leg.

Hi Cole, a big learning curve for me I'm afraid, maybe I didn't soften the edges you mention enough. I've put a V2 up which is a crop of the original jpg........your thought's if you have time please,
Geoff.

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:55 PM

Thanks again all and a special thank you to Patti for the UA, most appreciated,
Geoff.

Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:57 PM

Terrific detail and action on the Springer Geoff, but have to agree with Cole , the longer you look at it the more it looks superimposed against the bg not like the last one. The blurring to get dof might work better if you sharpen the grass all the way to the front, I feel the band is too narrow. Also take some of the left hand side away to give thirds as the dog is too central, that could give more perspective. Still though great work and a fab dog. V2 is the one for me as it shows what he is doing and has the story to it.
Richard

Last Modified By Shroomer at 5 Oct 2011 - 1:59 PM
FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 2:00 PM


Quote: Terrific detail and action on the Springer Geoff, but have to agree with Cole , the longer you look at it the more it looks superimposed against the bg not like the last one. The blurring to get dof might work better if you sharpen the grass all the way to the front, I feel the band is too narrow. Also take some of the left hand side away to give thirds as the dog is too central, that could give more perspective. Still though great work and a fab dog
Richard

Thanks Richard, the more comments like this the better to help with this type of work which I would love to get to grips with,
Geoff.

achieverswales

Hi Geoff
Practice makes perfect, and boy I need practice to even get to this standard, nice one mate!

Regards

Trev.

teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:05 PM

The original capture of the dog in V2 makes a superb action capture, Geoff, but my first impression when looking at V1 (WITHOUT having read any comments first) was that the blurring of the grass around the hindfeet and LH elbow was a bit clumsy and made it obvious that the BG had been replaced. Like Richard, I also feel that the narrow band of in-focus grass seems incongruous and doesn't really work for me. However, still a great processing effort and I feel the perceived faults have really only been made that bit more obvious by comparison with the last upload, which was perfection Wink
Sylvia

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:16 PM

The first thing that struck me Geoff was that narrow dof band across the image looks out of place.
That simply would not be there as the sharp focus of the dogs head is way out in front of that - any area around the dogs back legs would most likely to be blurred.
Having said that I like the image - great detailed dogs head.Smile
Brian.

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:19 PM

Lovely image, well done............Sandy

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:25 PM


Quote: The first thing that struck me Geoff was that narrow dof band across the image looks out of place.
That simply would not be there as the sharp focus of the dogs head is way out in front of that - any area around the dogs back legs would most likely to be blurred.
Having said that I like the image - great detailed dogs head.Smile
Brian.

Hi Brian, my thoughts too (easy to say afterwards Wink ) seems I should have stuck with the original 'game plan' re the grass, I was possibly right on the previous image,
Geoff.

Last Modified By FeatherFriend at 5 Oct 2011 - 3:28 PM
FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:27 PM


Quote: The original capture of the dog in V2 makes a superb action capture, Geoff, but my first impression when looking at V1 (WITHOUT having read any comments first) was that the blurring of the grass around the hindfeet and LH elbow was a bit clumsy and made it obvious that the BG had been replaced. Like Richard, I also feel that the narrow band of in-focus grass seems incongruous and doesn't really work for me. However, still a great processing effort and I feel the perceived faults have really only been made that bit more obvious by comparison with the last upload, which was perfection Wink
Sylvia

Thanks Sylvia, your comments are appreciated. However I found this one so much more difficult to do and spent much more time doing it, the first was a hard act to follow though and all comments taken on board,
Geoff.

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:53 PM

Stunning! Carol

MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 - 4:00 PM

Just fabulous...I have now read the comments and critique and I know you will find them helpful I can see the problems ...but I am just looking at the dogs head really and the joy in his eye. I love it.
Mavis

Last Modified By MickyMc at 5 Oct 2011 - 4:05 PM
Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4660 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 4:53 PM

Brilliant piece of work !.....love it !!!!

franken
franken e2 Member 123171 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 5:43 PM

Wow!! Truly fantastic and one for my shortlist!!


Ken

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 6:29 PM

I hestate to make any comments Geoff as I could never see myself preparing a shot to this standard. Just look at the and face !! Suffice to say I think its a stunning shot and I wish I had posted it.
Ron

Last Modified By Maiwand at 5 Oct 2011 - 6:31 PM
Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 7:04 PM

V1 is definitely worth working further on, Geoff, as V2 just doesn't really work for me because of composition issue.

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 - 7:25 PM

Great work Geoff, congrats on the awards.
Brian

Snapitt
Snapitt e2 Member 5Snapitt vcard
5 Oct 2011 - 7:40 PM

Two excellent captures Geoff.

Jane

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10897 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2892 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 7:51 PM

Superb original shot and background editing


W

goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 8:00 PM

A great catch, and clever work Geoff - (must add though, I'm sorry to see you've "gone to the dogs" Grin) ...Bill

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95930 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 8:06 PM

Top work Geoff
You have more patience than me to achieve thisGrin
Just read Teocali's comment - nuff saidWink

Adrian

KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 8:15 PM

Another cracker Geoff
keith

janty66
janty66  7 England
5 Oct 2011 - 8:26 PM

Simply superb work...

Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 8:42 PM

top draw Geoff

Stace

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 10:02 PM


Quote: V1 is definitely worth working further on, Geoff, as V2 just doesn't really work for me because of composition issue.

My problem is I've only just found out how to do a mask Cole, it's the coloured poles coming from the paws downwards which I find very difficult to work around. Was hoping someone would do a 'mod' and tell me how to improve it.....................any offers out there Smile Smile Smile
Geoff.

Thanks again everyone for your support,

viscostatic
5 Oct 2011 - 10:27 PM

Great action shot.

Phil.

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 10:52 PM

Wonderful!

Ann

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 12:04 AM

Nothing like a manic spaniel in full tilt......

AdeGrin

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 7:48 AM

absolutely great, I have been trying to find a dog to perform like this - mine are all too lazyWink

Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 7:42 PM

Great capture Geoff with superb detail and expression. I agree with the others that the very narrow DOF in the grass does look artificial. Its very nearly there though mate Grin
Steve

Imagephotographics

Fantastic capture Geoff

Chris

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2011 - 10:51 PM

Supurb captures Geoff.Well done..lin

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2011 - 5:47 PM

A super shot of this sprightly springer spaniel springing into action

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