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By Dackj
Dog beach in San Diego. Still working on my post processing but while I get some of my better shots ready nI thought Id upload this one for comments as they are always helpful. Thanks for those that take time to upload Mods and add comments.

Tags: Dogs Water Beach huts Pets and captive animals

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GeorgeP Plus
13 59 25 United States
11 Sep 2019 3:08AM
A wonderful shot of a beautiful dog. The dog looks happy and the shutter speed and aperture have frozen the motion and captured the moment. I would be tempted to increase the contrast slightly to darken the colours: the blue sea and red dog are at opposite ends of the colour wheel and a bit more contrast should enhance the shot.

Lastly - and this is a personal irritation - I recommend that you upload a larger version for folks to critique. I find it very frustrating to click on an image hoping to see additional detail only to be presented with the same data. I recommend that you upload the largest version you camera is capable of capturing. Maybe, a classic shot like this might be stolen - but who knows, you might make some money by suing the thief. Smile

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
11 Sep 2019 7:42AM
Mostly, I agree with George - my only difference is that I'd use Levels to darken a fraction.

You will know, by now, that I'd have used Aperture priority (I don't believe in working harder than I have to) and that the exposure compensation won't have affected things in Manual. Otherwise, the taking is fine.

The composition is simple and looks just right.

Processing involves more sharpening than I'm happy with. There's a slight edginess to the detail that is characteristic of a bit too much processing. A gritty look that diverts attention from the subject.

Note how shooting in good light gives 'comfortable' shutter speed and aperture settings.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4126 Canada
11 Sep 2019 12:55PM
Nice shot indeed.

Contrast helps, and I would approach this by sliding the left, ot black slider inwards to the right, using levels or curves, or whatever equivalent you have in Photoscape. I set it to 20 in Photoshop, yours may be different. and it makes quite a difference, it enhances darker areas giving a less "flat" appearance.

For the rest, I didnt reduce exposure, I increased it a little, I thought it looked better. One side effect of pulling in the black level is that you may need to slightly reduce saturation, just keep an eye on it.

It does look slightly over sharpened, and I also reduced clarity to take the edge off that effect, and the overall effect os improving contrast makes up for that.

Though I like the composition, Ive tried adding more space to the top, removing some from the bottom for a different compositin, placing the dogs head nearer a third.

Hope this is helpful.

Good work, - youre getting there!


chase Plus
14 1.6k 360 England
11 Sep 2019 12:58PM
I think you have captured him nicely coming straight towards you. Great water splashes and good eye contact.
Yes, may benefit from a little darkening, which ever way you choose, just to give this a drop more punch but generally it's a decent 'dog in flight' image.
Well done !!

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