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By DavidSiggers2014  
Managed to capture this shot when my parents collie noticed his favourite toy being picked up. Further experimenting with different tones which i do like.

Tags: Dog Ball Collie Alert Collie dog Pets and captive animals


Ted447 Plus
6 216 1 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2014 9:00AM
Super expression. Ted. GrinGrin

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2095 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2014 9:09AM
I love the way you have angled this with the dog peering into the frame from the side. It gives a sense of curiosity, interest, inquisitiveness. And the angle of the head makes the ears and eyes look 100% alert.

I wish you had not zoomed in quite so close, and allowed a bit more space below his chin. As it is I might crop a bit off the left side of the frame.

You've got a much better tonal range here than in your mono flower, I suspect that you checked back and adjusted after adding toning here which is important. I'm not personally convinced by the pinkish sepia but it's important to explore what you want to achieve, and you are learning fast I think!

You have some nice catchlights in the eyes but the pinkish toning does show up there, the reflected light and the whites look a bit muddy. I might try using the dodge and burn tools to give a bit more contrast there. Minor tweaks... I'll have a go at a modification...

Back soon, I hope.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2014 10:05AM
Hi David

I love the dog's expression, irrespective of pinkish tones Grin I think collie's are fab dogs and because of their nature, are always so active and bouncy. This chap obviously loves to play, and although the ball isn't in the shot it's evident from his expectant face that he's thinking "Just throw the ball ... throw the ball ... !!" Smile

Yes, the tones are a little pinkish but, as Moira says above, it's all down to personal choice. I had originally thought that the image was fine with less space under his chin ... but then looking at Moira's crops realised that it does need that extra space, even if just to balance those massive ears in the top half!!

Using a wide aperture as you've done here was absolutely the right thing to do, as it really concentrates the viewer's attention on that face. I don't think I can add anything mod-wise, as Moira's got it covered.

But I will say that it's a beautiful endearing image Smile

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2014 1:37PM
I would actually crop even tighter. Doesn't matter if the ears are cropped a bit. Then some off the left. Tighter on that super face increases impact significantly. World prefer a more conventional deep brown sepia, though.

Would've made
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
4 Nov 2014 3:04PM
Its a lovely shot David, alert and full of energy.

The toning choice will be controversial. Partly because monitors differ, some are calibrated, some are not, so we may not be seeing the tone as you see it.

What colour tone did you use? It looks rather pink to me, and that isnt really adding to the shot for me. I would think that pink wasnt your intended result?

You should try duo tones too a lot to experiment there. if you have Photoshop, theres a large range of duo tones available.


Hi all,

thank you for your feedback. the image is (on my screen anyway) a sepia tone...certainly not meant to have a pinkish tone Smile

I might have another editing crack taking into account your suggestions.

thanks again everyone

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