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By Sone  
Just taken while playing around with this cute dog.

Tags: Pet dog Pets and captive animals

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pic4you 10 1 New Zealand
14 Apr 2013 10:10AM
lovely dog without the steel bars and perhaps more of his / her face ? colors really good.

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 6:19PM
When I saw this it made me feel like the dog was a little sad. As if he was in a dogs home, behind the bars of his kennel, waiting and hoping for someone to come along and take him home. I've done a mod that darkens down the front paw - the brightness makes this a little distracting at the bottom of the frame. I've also converted to mono and gone for a tighter crop to emphasise the dog and bars.

Lighting conditions very harsh and one to watch at the taking stage. The human eye adjusts automatically very well to large variances in lighting range whereas unfortunately digital sensors do not. Our brain compensates for the wide variance between sun and shade. This means you have to consider how bright light falling on the subject, part of the subject or background may effect the final image versus the controls you may have within your editing software to compensate or rectify. Easier to get it right at the camera stage.

None the less this is an interesting and emotive image of a dog behind bars.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 6:22PM
Crop the right a bit to improve balance and reduce exposure at least half a stop. You are over exposed. I see you are using manual, and you must be very careful with metering and where you meter from.

Sone 5 2 South Africa
14 Apr 2013 6:38PM
Coast, thank you for your advice and Mod. Much appreciated. I will shortly upload more of the dog. Have many more angles to share with you !!

Paul, thank you as well.

I just want to add, he may look cute and loving, but i had to stay behind the bars, otherwise he would be all over me and licking me and who knows what. Hopefully the other pictures wont look as cruel as this one. Hope you guys will like them *
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
14 Apr 2013 6:47PM
Its not a bad effort. When taking a shot of a dogs head, its the head thats important, and the space in front, not behind.

Overexposed as mentioned, it looks better with exposure decreased.

Ive done this in the mod, and also moved the dog to the left by cropping from the left, and adding space in front.

He looks sad, but probably not.

AS with any shot that you feel is important to you, view the brightness histogramme immediately after taking the shot to check exposure. This would have shown over, so then you can immediately reduce exposure, - f/11 perhaps and try again. Your speed is a little slow for 55mm, should be at least 1/80, so that alone, while leaving the aperture, would also have worked better.

Hope you like the mod,


Sone 5 2 South Africa
14 Apr 2013 6:55PM
Willie, I LOVE the mod. Sometimes I forget the "rules" or rather "guidelines" that I have learned. I still have to buy a photoshop programme to play with my pictures. I got lost in my photoshoot with this dog. I just love him. His name is Yster (my boyfriends dog). When I visit him, I like to talk with him and play with his pictures. Much much fun!!

Thank you*
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
14 Apr 2013 9:34PM
Download GIMP for free, - its quite decent.


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