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Big Brown Eyes

By Robin_TB
Our beautiful pooch, a lazy Lurcher called Val who loves posing for the camera. Not as old as she looks, she can still out run most when she can be bothered Smile

She loves being fussed and cuddled and her big brown eyes can be hard to resist....

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals

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Carl40 10 18 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2009 8:52PM
A wonderful image looks like she has her ear on the wall listening to something next door.

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HectorRivera 9 17 1 United States
7 Sep 2009 9:11PM
Noce shot
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2009 6:13PM
Val looks a lovely companion, i like the relaxed pose and those loyal looking eyes. I am not keen on the background as I find the different shades distracting and in my opinion doesn't show her off to her fullest. I have attempted a mod, but it may not be to everyones liking, as mods can be, especially in this one, done to personal taste and I do have a habbit of going overthe top, so hopefully someone with more ps experience will do a proper job...Smile
Cheers Ian
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2009 6:19PM
lol just realised i got that carried away with the mod that i removed her ear Sad...sorry, hope she wont be to offended
Robin_TB 7 204 9 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2009 2:06PM
Thanks Ian,
The background is just the wall behind her bed, I agree the tones are not ideal. Have just purchased Elements 7 so should be able to do something about it in the future! As a (mostly) black dog I thought a black background might be an issue but it actually works quite well and I like the mod.

On several of the photos I took (before deciding on the one uploaded) her ears were back so the deletion is not a problem and doesn't look unnatural!

She's way too relaxed to be offended! Smile
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 2:57PM
Lovely sparkly eyes.
I'm with Ian on this one as the portrait would be better without the shadow & coloured background . Ian's mod shows her off a treat.
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 12:53PM
critique buddie..
She is indeed a beautiful dog.. and she has gorgeous eyes.
I think that to improve this I would bring her further from the wall to avoid the shadows, Etc., and isolate her from the surroundings a bit.
Maybe encourage her to look your way by bribing with a biccie or somebody beside you, calling her perhaps, and get a bit more eye contact.

bppowell 14 2.2k 2 England
27 Sep 2009 1:09PM
I agree with the background being distracting and adding nothing to the shot. Also it would have been better if the dog was facing you.

An even bigger challenge would have been to try and capture her running, not easy but well worth the effort and discarded images.

I like the way the ears are one up, one down, it made me smile.

janeez Plus
8 1.7k 8 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2009 11:06PM
Great catchlights in her eyes. Not convinced with the sticking up ear as at first I thought she was laying down and the image had been turned the wrong way round. However, lovely sharp details, you can almost see each individual hair and whisker on her face and what a great nose she has! Well captured.

Robin_TB 7 204 9 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2009 11:30AM
Thanks for the comments,
Barry: Tried the running idea at the weekend but haven't checked the results on the big screen yet, will prob post the best one up as Mod.

Jane: I think that the confusion over the image orientation is probably caused by the poor background. She was resting her head on the wall leading to the oddly placed ears.

I feel that I have maybe done her a disservice by posting a pic too earlier, perhaps I should have taken more time to get better shots over the month. Thanks for all of the feedback, hopefully next months Buddies will see the benefits, hope to see you there.

discreetphoton 12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 3:40PM
Apologies for the late response.
I agree with the comments about the background. The shadow below the chin is a bit of a distraction, and there's some conflicting colours in the shot, which seem to be the result of mixed light sources. Although the ears are not in a conventional choice of positions, they do at least lend some hint of Val's character. The face is nice and sharp, and my only other niggle is that closing the blind or curtains on the window behind you would have allowed for a better reflection in the eyes.


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