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I get toys and treats and everything?

By Dackj
Baxterís first visit to PetsMart; just had to capture that cute puppy expression.

Tags: Dog Pets and captive animals

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
11 Jun 2019 5:48PM
Thats a very cute pup!

Decent shot overall captured a nice expression.

The image is somewhat washed out, - its possible you had light shining directly on the lens in a store.

The top bar of the cart makes a nice border, though its slightly tilted.

In the mod Ive made the bar a little straighter, and reduced the washed out appearance bt setting the value of black to be = black, and added a little contrast. Ive added a little exposure to Baxter only, and cropped a little tighter.



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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2019 5:55PM
Hi Dack, you've been on the site a couple of years but this is the first time you have ticked for critique. Was that deliberate, I wonder? This would do well in the main gallery, I think. Is there any specific advice that you are looking for?

It's nicely taken, sharp on the face and particularly the eyes and the iPhone has coped well with quite dodgy light (the face will have been in shadow).

By ticking for critique you enable members to download the image and modify it, making suggestions. Willie and I have been working at the same time and have both uploaded modifications, you'll find them under the blue Modifications button. Main thing - you'll see that we both wanted to crop, to concentrate the story into a neat frame. The trolley bars are there to be exploited!

I tweaked light slightly, not as much as Willie has. I like the soft fluffiness...

I hope you are enjoying the site, please let us know what you are looking for in critique.

dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
11 Jun 2019 6:11PM
Welcome fro me, too.

All the above's true: I'll add that for any portrait, it's usually a problem if there's soemthing blocking hte light jsut above the subject's eyes: I hate big floppy hats at weddings, and the push-bar of the trolley is performing hte smae function here, throwing a shadow across Baxter's face, at eye level.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2019 6:23PM
And I forgot to say - well done for getting down to Baxter's eye-level. It's amazing how many people don't think to do that...
11 Jun 2019 6:40PM
Thanks for the comment and the modifications. Iíve been doing very little photography and just started to learn post production as I was old school film guy and its a whole new world now.
Please feel free tp critique anything I upload.
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
11 Jun 2019 7:13PM
Thanks for the feedback!

What you learned with film remains sound - if you shoot it right, editing is easy. and it's still all about using hte light.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
11 Jun 2019 9:18PM
Welcome from me too.

It's a fun shot that's improved by the post processing tweaks. Most images do benefit from a small adjustment or too.

I know what John means about the bar at teh top of the image. It's not that much of an issue for me as it emnphasises the curiosity of the animal peering out - but I wouldn'twant it to be any lower across his face as that would be a barrier to the viewer.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 2:47PM
I would include the store sign in the background and sell the picture to the storeSmile.

How could you resist such a cute pose?
It's nearly a year since you took this, so he'll be a big boy now. I bet you're glad you captured this at the time.

Getting down to Baxter's eye level works so well, and immediately engages the viewer.
The trolley and contents are a bit distracting, but I can't take my eyes off the pup, so it doesn't seem to matter much.
The two modifications remove some of those distractions and give Baxter more presence in the frame.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 4:07PM
First class family image. There are a few technical issues as above, but the image does the job.

lighting in a shop is likely to be above and probably fluorescent tube, thus darker eye sockets and possible colour swings. It is very difficult to know the colour bias of fluorescent tubes due to the variety of different types and gas fillers.

try firing the phone flash next time, even in daylight, to add fil in light and catchlights to the eyes.


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