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and here is to the NEW YEARS with my dog MAX !!!!

By tmoss1989  
A Fun moment with My dog Max. on NEW YEARS EVE .

Tags: Nikon Dogs D7000 Pets and captive animals labordoddle


banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4150 Canada
12 Jan 2017 9:40PM
The shutter speed is very slow at 1/6th sec. Much too slow for the dog and all the rest of the image.

It does look like you had a fun time, and Max did too, which might have included liquids designed to befuddle you thinking!!

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paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2017 8:06AM
Not sure what to say. Fun, yes, but technically not too good. Very blurred and over exposed. Just not enough light, even at such a high ISO.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2248 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2017 9:08AM
Hi, I'm not sure if you have uploaded in the Critique Gallery before? I wonder if you intended to tick for critique?

Assuming that you did, here's my tuppence worth. Looking back through your recent uploads, it looks as though you have moved from Program mode to Manual. That's a big jump, and to make it you need to really understand what the various camera settings do, how they work for you. Shutter speed is vitally important for anything where you are either hand-holding the camera, or you have a living, breathing model, or where there may be any other reason for subject movement - or any combination thereof!

Looking at a couple of other settings first - light was clearly poor, you have ISO 5000 which gives greatly increased light sensitivity although at the cost of reduced image quality. To be correctly exposed, a certain amount of light needs to get into the camera. So in poor light that will need a large aperture (low F number) and/or very slow shutter speed. And in many cases that just isn't appropriate. We all need to work with light, not try to work against it.

F4 was the largest aperture available at that focal length. Incidentally you set a plus exposure compensation - that has no effect when you go into Manual.

Shutter speed - 1/6 second. You are well into deliberate motion blur territory here, light trails. Time yourself a second and see how far you can walk in that time! That will explain the softness here. It's also too slow for you to be able to hold the camera steadily, so there's camera shake as well as subject movement.

For a human adult posing carefully, I don't really like to go slower than 1/50 second. Even careful adults breathe, blink, twitch.

An excited dog does a lot more than that. 1/160 second or faster...

Which clearly wasn't possible with that low light. So use your flash (if you use the camera's built-in flash you cannot move it around to bounce it off the ceiling, but you can drape a single layer of Kleenex over it to soften the effect. Just don't let it hang down over the lens!)

Or better still, look for better light elsewhere. Totally spontaneous photography is fun, a bit of thought and planning can give better visual memories.

Rather than launch straight into Manual I would strongly advise that you try out Aperture and Shutter speed priorities, and get to grips with how these two settings relate to each other.

Let us see the results in the Critique Gallery if you want to get practical advice, we're here to help.
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2017 1:50PM
Pretty hard to critique for all the very good reasons listed above. But it's fun, it's personal to you and therefore it's a precious memory of a happy time - another reason that makes it difficult to really say anything!

But, actually ... the fact that several quantities of liquids of the alcoholic variety might have been consumed before you pressed the shutter button did cross my mind ... Grin
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1680 England
14 Jan 2017 10:54AM
I do rather agree that it looks as if you and Max had been celebrating the New Year (and indeed Christmas - the date in the EXIF data is 22 December) both early and alcoholically. Sincere apologies if this is mistaken.

Moira has said it all - conditions weren't good, and quality has suffered.

I've done a crop and corrected verticals a bit, altered brightness (using Levels) and also altered the white balance, to create the most 'normal' look i can. There's nothing to be done about sharpness, or the fact that the original image cuts off Max's front paws.

Happy New Year!

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