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23 Dec 2010 1:18PM
As you have given a fair proportion of the picture to the background, it may have been better to reduce the aperture setting to give a better depth of field to bring the background into focus. The scene seems to have enough light to cope with a smaller aperture. By setting the correct 'Hyperfocal length' would ensure that the dog in the foreground and the background are within the depth of field.

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SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2010 1:37PM
A very nice shot well done.
Alvar 11 23 2 France
23 Dec 2010 3:20PM
Lovely shot and setting. Looks great
sagaya 9
23 Dec 2010 3:58PM
Very well shot but I do agree with Hawker2000 that a smaller apperute would have given it better perspective... cheers mate!
paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2010 5:37PM
not a lot of info here. there is one basic error - the dog is on the wrong side. if he/she is to be on the left, then it should be looking to the right. I would prefer the dog as it is, but looking left.

Otherwise nicely seen and recorded.

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2010 11:22PM
Without knowing what lens and focal length you were using, it's impossible to say whether you can get the dog and the background in focus at the same time. I would suggest that it isn't, as the sky is grey and there are no strong shadows, suggesting that a very narrow aperture isn't an option because the shutter speed would become too slow. However, I think that aspect of the photo works just fine as it is — the castle is clearly recognizable and makes a good backdrop without competing too hard for attention.

I agree with Frank and Paul that the composition needs a little more work. The natural composition is with the dog looking to the right. Having him on the left, looking left suggests that there's something really interesting just outside the photo and we want to look at that, too! So, with a person or animal on one side of the frame, it's usually best to have them looking either at the camera or towards the centre of the frame. I'd also try to move the castle away from the centre, putting it off-centre on the opposite side to the dog.

Overall, though, I think this is a nice shot. It's a good idea and it's something out of the ordinary.

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