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He's the boss.

By Marc_Andrews  
I took this shot because I needed and new standing shot of our star dog and I love the original. But then I started playing with it in ps and taking our the fence in the background and the person holding the dog and standing directly behind him. I'd like your opinions on how good a job I've done of the editing and of course feel free to comment on my boy at the same time.

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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Hanners 16 875 10 Ireland
24 Nov 2006 11:40AM
A Boxer will always get my attention. He looks a very handsome boy and the stance is right. As an image it looks a little tight in the frame and I think I can just make out where the other person's legs were (just to the right of the dogs right sock), but all in all it's a good shot. Well done.
delros1 16 66
24 Nov 2006 12:30PM
the dog pose is excellent,but you do need to see the eyes.try fillin flash next time.
RipleyExile 19 1.6k 17 England
24 Nov 2006 1:11PM
Good stance and you've got the colour and the sheen of the coat well.

I'd have to agree with the dog being too tight in the frame (especially the top of the head). As far as the cloning out of people goes you've made a good attempt, but there are a couple of areas where it is obvious what you've done. These are repeating patterns running up the back of the near back leg, in front of the rear front leg and a patch behind the tail. The area above the back looks more out of focus than an equivalent distance towards the right of the image. You also seem to have caught the dog with the clone tool/healing brush as it's outline seems to have been blurred slightly in a couple of places.

If you haven't already, take a look at the techniques section on here for tips on cloning. It should help you resolve these issues.
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
25 Nov 2006 4:13PM
I agree with all of the above. It's a good attempt at cloning but it just takes a lot of time and patience to keep the textures right (for instance the "foggy" area above the back), and to avoid repeat lines (already pointed out). Lots of small incremental dabs from slightly different areas can help this. It's a steep learning curve which just gets better by experience, but a very good start made.

As for the face, it is a bit dark. There's always a problem with animals with areas of white and dark fur. No single exposure could keep maximum detail in the white fur and the dark face - you've held the exposure well here. Now if you could do some subtle work (again a bit of a learning curve to this) with the burn brush on the white chest to pull out any detail that's there, and the dodge brush on the face. Both these tools are a bit like the clone brush in that they often work better with small incremental low-opacity adjustments.

Hope that's some food for thought, good work so far and well in the right direction

stevebostock 16 244 England
2 Mar 2007 11:57AM
niced pose, agree with all the PS stuff, thats just practice. Not a shot issue per se but he's looking backrather than across the frame so lost his face a bit (now i'm no expert on this stuff, but i am assuming that a Specimen shot should show fron to back, i stand to be corrected)and i think thats what made it appear slightly darker than the rest of him.
If you're going to PS them anyway, I'd get a few nice baggrounds and punch them out and put them on it, easier than cloning out especiallyagainst something like grass
Ridgeway 15 222 2 Ireland
18 May 2007 10:14AM
Nice one alot of effort gone in to this and it shows.
The Boss is Right !
Nice one.

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