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Been in the water

By Madoldie
My eldest Boxer dog running at me after having a play in the water. SmileSmile

Tags: Dog Wet Water Running dog Boxer dog Wet dog Pets and captive animals

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dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
22 Apr 2017 3:28PM
A delightful moment! Well caught, and the high shutter speed to freeze the drops of water works well.

Exposure is a bit dark (hmmm... Why use manual for this, I wonder?) I brightened half a stop and held back highlights with Adobe Caemra Raw to open up the shadows without losing highlight detail.

Crop and tilt are matters of choice - I rotated a degree anticlockwise, and cropped square.

Focus may be bordering too far back - I tend to prefocus for action shots, and have to take loads, myself! Nikon users may have suggestions for the perfect focus mode for action like this.
Madoldie 7 586 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 4:20PM
Thanks dudler, like the modification, I tend to always have my camera on the manual setting, as for the focusing I never thought about firing off a lot of shots at once.
Maybe thats why I struggle at times to focus on fast moving things, I try to capture the movement in one shot.
Mat SmileSmileSmile
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 5:38PM
Lovely dog... Great images
Isabel GrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 5:41PM
You got this pretty well perfect. Good mix of timing, for three paws off the ground and the enthusiastic tongue, and fast shutter speed to freeze the flying water droplets.

A wee bit lighter, yes, and also I want to do some very gentle dodging on the dark part of the face and the eyes. Dark fur and feathers are tricky, it's easy to lose all detail and texture.

It may sound perverse, but to bring back some detail in a dark area I like to use the dodge tool set to highlights, a very low exposure setting, say 3%, and work over the area several times.

The zig-zag of the path is a very nice background, as in John's mod I want a tidy, correct square. Not-quite square tends to look a bit flabby.

To my mind this is not a situation to go totally manual. Aperture priority, set your aperture, check the shutter speed it's giving, increase ISO as necessary - as you did here. (Or shutter speed priority, check the aperture it's giving, adjust ISO... I tend to do that, because I find the thumb wheel easier to adjust quickly.) Let the camera to do the calculations, that leaves you better able to concentrate on timing. Like John I like to pre-focus - find a prominent clump of grass, say, focus on it, and wait for the dog's face to reach the spot. I suspect that your model will be up for doing this a few times....
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
22 Apr 2017 6:18PM
Nice action shot, but I have to be the Simon Cowell of the bunch.

This is much, much too dark. Its a lot closer to needed +1.

The face is not sharp, though the drops are terrific..

Using Manual will get you into trouble; for one, you cant use that Exposure Control adjustment you just discovered!

Use Aperture priority, and use the the autofocus tracking mode the camera has; continuous Are you familiar with the tracking autofocus function shooting mode?; focus on the eyes and press and rattle off a load of shots. You will have a lot to chose from and not just the one sing the current method.

Mod has close to +1, and thr darker areas on the face are brighter to show more detail. Sharpening applied to the face. I approach the exposure from the POV that blown highlights are worth the risk to get the dogs body and face well exposed


Madoldie 7 586 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 9:03PM
Thanks Moira and Willie, like you say I think I'm trying to get that one photograph by just taking one shot. I've not really used continuous mode on the camera, but certainly be investing some time into exploring the function.
Thanks for taking the time, all the best,
Mat SmileSmile
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
23 Apr 2017 5:37AM
When I suggested looking at focus modes, I wasn't suggesting shooting multiple frames - I meant that there are different settings for autofocus. Focus tracking lets the camera follow the subject, rather than the traditional lock on then shoot.

As I don't shoot action, it's not an area I know much about - I know it exists, but have difficulty even locating it in my own camera's menu...

It's not something that my Sony bodies excel at, I'm fairly sure, but it is a Nikon (and Canon) speciality.

Another area to consult the manual (or, maybe, YouTube!) Prefocussing is a completely different route - something that was necessary with manual focus cameras, but is very rare these days.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 8:00AM
This is not bad at all and you can be pleased with it. However, I am with Willie 100%. I would never carry a modern camera set to manual all the time. I actually use either aperture priority or even the P mode when out for a walk and not sure what might happen.

I use manual quite a bit, but for set piece shots, and I use a hand light meter set for incident readings. Useful where auto systems will fail - birds flying at Bempton for example.

Use what the camera gives you. Servo autofocus - or whatever Nikon call it and high speed drive. Modern gear is very good at tracking. Fire in bursts.

Madoldie 7 586 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 7:33PM
Thanks guys, obviously what you are saying makes sense, maybe I need to explore the cameras functions a little more in depth.
On that note I did go out last night to watch the sunset and took a few photographs using shutter and aperture modes.

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