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By louisemorrisonsty
This photo was taken a few years ago at the local dog show. This was the first time I had taken Pebble (centre) and Ceilidh (right). We met a beautiful Gordon Setter puppy Rab (left). Pebble took 3rd in the obedience round. I was so chuffed. This was a hard shot to capture, getting all the dogs sitting and looking in the right direction. Helps when you have some treats handy. In editing the photo i have cloned out peoples feet and also played with the colours a bit. Any hints and ideas to improve this photo is much appreciated.
Thank you to all that voted and comment on last upload. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Dogs Puppy Pebble Stornoway Pets and captive animals Ceilidh Gordon setter

Voters: Len1950, myhappyplaces, davewaine and 11 more

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20 Mar 2011 2:26PM
Im new to photography and I have a huge amount to learn, but I think this is one adorable photo.
davewaine 13 141 3 England
20 Mar 2011 3:24PM
Pebble is obviously a lovely dog. You have done a good job of cloning out the feet in Version 1 and the picture benefits from it. The grass is over the top, though, and needs reining in a bit. The tricky bit would be achieving that without desaturating the dogs. I would suggest that when you get your SLR, forget all about JPEGs and start shooting RAW. It sounds a bit intimidating at first, but it is actually dead easy and you will find loads of support and advice on EPZ. The difference? A RAW file will be sharper, have a much wider palette of colours and a visibly greater dynamic range (able to cope better with high contrast subjects). Each file will also be three times the size of a JPEG and you will only get a third as many pictures to your memory card. Get a bigger card - they're cheap enough these days. A RAW file has to be converted before you can display it and the camera should come with a RAW conversion program on the disc, which will be enough to get you started, although you may well want to invest in a better one once you find your feet.

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
20 Mar 2011 5:56PM
Wonderful creatures Lou.
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
26 Mar 2011 1:37AM
100% attention, great images and cloning work. - gary
grannyshot 11 2 Australia
31 Mar 2011 11:16AM
Louise I love the way they are all looking in the same direction and the looks on their faces...brilliant!
MalkyG 11 18 Scotland
14 Jul 2011 4:16PM
Beautifull shot Louise,I have trid to get a good shot of my dog but as soon as I put the camera up to my eye she is off, well done you have some great animal shots,keep up the good work.
2 Jun 2012 3:38AM
Getting pet portraits perfect is not easy but you have some good shots on your portfolio keep up the good work

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