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By kathrynlouise    
My favourite of my friends 3 dogs. A beautiful gentle giant.
Not as clear as the one i took of Mitzy.
All comments gratefully received as always Smile


Tags: Pets and captive animals

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SusieH 12 67 England
18 Dec 2011 6:46PM
Hi Kathryn,

The background is ideal and you have positioned the dog very well in the frame. Although he is turning round, I would try to get him looking at the camera next time and perhaps shoot from the other end! You seem to have a very cold blue cast to the pic - you can correct this in PS, but I would look at the settings on your camera, particularly the white balance.

Kind regards, Sue.

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18 Dec 2011 8:33PM
Hiya Sue. Thanks for your comment and mod. Will try another on my next visit Smile
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2011 8:51PM
I agree with Sue, Kathryn. The blue cast is probably due to an incorrect White Balance setting. It's not only on Taz's coat, but also amongst the leaves. I quite like the looking-back stance, and the pretty behindGrin. As you say, it could be sharper, especially around the muzzle area. You are doing well, though....good background, nice composition, and detail in the black coat. I used Colour Balance in my modification and also a small amount of desaturation.
18 Dec 2011 9:00PM
Thankyou Pamela. All taken onboard for next attempt Smile
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2011 10:53PM
Featured e2 photo at the moment.
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2011 10:09AM
The image itself is well composed and a good but different pose. There are technical issues. High ISO is not generally to be recommended with compact cameras and I would try and not exceed 400. You have a blue cast due to low shaded light I think and the leaves arte a bit over exposed whilst the dog is slightly under.

A problem that. Try always to expose for highlights, the background here, correcting shadows in software. Or, a burst of flash for the dog with the correct exposure for the background.

Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
21 Dec 2011 7:31PM
Hi Katryn.
I've arrived a bit late for the party, I think!
Compositionally, this is good and something a bit different to the norm.
As you're by now aware, there's a distinct blue cast which I'd guess is due to the white balance setting in your camera.
My S5700's constantly set to "Auto" and it seems to work pretty well.
I see though that you've used the "sport/action" pre-set which, whilst it will adjust the exposure for a faster shutter speed, it doesn't necessarily give you the best possible results in terms of exposure.
As Paul says, this looks to have been exposed almost in two parts.
Also ISO 800 on that camera is higher than I ever use. Mine's set to "auto 400" most of the time which means that the camera can set the ISO it thinks is necesary but to no higher than ISO 400. That's how it works in "P", "A" or "S" mode anyway. Using "M" I think that you need to set everything yourself.
The pre-sets might overrule it though.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've removed the blueness. I did that using the colour balance tool. Selecting blue, I de-saturated it until the blue was gone, then I increased, individually, the red and yellow channels slighly.
Finally, I tweaked it using the shadows/highlights tool.

And then I uploaded the wrong one (!) so please ignore my first ofering. The second, brighter, one is the correct one.

I think that your photography's developed (sorry!) to the point now where you can do without using the pre-sets and expose the shots using your new-found skill and judgement.
The S5700 won't give you the flexibility you'll get with a DSLR but it will allow you plenty of scope to make your own decisions regarding apertures and/or shutter speeds to get the results that you want rather than what the camera thinks that you want.
Using "P" or "programme" mode will show you how the two co-relate using the histogram in the viewfinder before you take your shot. You'll be suirprised at how quickly it all makes sense.

Then you move on again!

You're doing very well.


21 Dec 2011 11:44PM
Thankyou Paul and Bren Grin
Do feel i'm improving and its all thanks to the help of you guys and everyone here and it is a good feeling. It is my favourite past time, shame work gets in the way lol.


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