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Little buddies

By jhaslam4
My daughter and cocker spaniel having a lovely little moment together. They usually like their own space but for some reason they decided to play and follow each other around our garden today.

Tags: Children Black and white Children playing Pets Black and white Cuddle

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 174 England
11 Apr 2017 9:41PM
What a charming portrait - I love the interaction between the two, they both obviously love each other!

I took it into Photoshop Elements 9 and made just a few minor alterations. Apart from a closer crop, I adjusted the 'Lighting'/'Contrast' slightly.

I hope you approve. Smile

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hobbo Plus
8 1.3k 2 England
11 Apr 2017 10:11PM
As much as I like this shot.....I do know that to many dogs a face being that close to theirs can seem to be a real younger brother had his face badly bitten by a neighbours dog, many years ago now, but I have never forgotten the horror of it.

dudler Plus
16 951 1521 England
11 Apr 2017 10:13PM
I've really like Karen's mod, because it introduces the little bit of extra contrast that I think this needs. In the original, it would be nice if the crop was a little bit wider, so that all of the shorts, all of the dog, and all of the feet were in the frame. Without these, cropping tighter is have really good option.
Robert51 10 7 90 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2017 10:36PM
I love the choice of black and white. I think colour here just takes away from the subject matter.

The mod I didn't change the image but tightened up on various parts of the image and to bring out a little more sharpness.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2081 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2017 7:37AM
This is delightful. One very important point - you got down to their eye level. That's vital here, because it's all about eye contact. And you have both faces clearly in profile, your daughter's hands don't mask the dog's expression. It's all about the eyes.

Technically there are issues - your daughter's back was to the sun, and her white top is a bit overexposed, while faces are in shadow. That cannot be helped in a natural moment like this. But you cut off both feet, which looks awkward. Legs without feet are like pencils trying to stand upright!

When you have an accidental crop the best solution is also to go for a really radical crop and make the cut-off look deliberate and planned! I have done one of my square crops, which concentrates attention nicely where it matters, the real story.

I also made a Levels tweak and did a bit of very gentle dodging and burning, to get some depth into the darker tones. If you look at the histogram for this, the graph curve starts to rise some way along the baseline, indicating a lack of really dark tones. Using Levels and moving the left hand slider inward introduces those dark tones and gives a better sense of depth, roundness.

NB A perfect colour image rarely translates direct to perfect b&w, it's always important to check the light balance after conversion.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2017 9:01AM
A first rate family shot. I would have stayed with colour for such an image. There are some significant quality issues which may be from the original or may be partly a less than good conversion. The image is washy and flat. It needs both more density and contrast to give a full range of tones. You have some burn out in areas where tones have gone completely and a little burning in would help.

Moira's mod deals with it. That is what your effort should have looked like.

12 Apr 2017 11:03AM
Gorgeous capture, like the crops mods.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
12 Apr 2017 8:39PM
You've captured a lovely moment very well indeed.

A closer crop makes the most of the interaction.
As it is I'd like to see the feet of them both for completeness as well as I think a more relaxed look in keeping with the moment.

I think colour would work, but depending on the colours and their saturation that may take attention away from the 'action'. Alternativly, a reduced saturation colour image.
Either way, the mono image needs more contrast, at least a true black and a true white. This looks like a simple greyscale conversion (even if it isn't) so you need to use the Channel Mixer or Black and White Adjustment method, and even then the image will more often than not need some contrast adjutment.

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