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Working Springer

By southsnapper
Took the chance of a bit of sun and got out there with one of the dogs for a play with my new DSLR, I'm, pleased with the result, but would welcome any constructive criticism.

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Springer spaniel Working dogs Pets and captive animals Portraits and people

Voters: imander, mick183, KarenFB and 9 more

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digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 2:26PM
Great alert expression and good overall exposure.


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mick183 9 7 5 South Africa
3 Dec 2008 2:31PM
A good portrait of your dog; the low viewpoint gives emphasis to the animal and removes distracting elements. The only 'improvement' I'd suggest is lightening the dog's face slightly. Fill in flash -1.5 EV would be my choice (but I don't know how animals might react to this). Alternatively it could be done in the digital darkroom.

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
3 Dec 2008 2:55PM
No critism, constructive or otherwise! This is a gorgeous image. Not only have you got the dog 'in situ' as it were, but the pose is perfect, as is the background. Brilliantly caught! Smile
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
3 Dec 2008 3:16PM
Wonderful dog and a great portrait. The problem with shooting this low and looking up is that the sky can take over the exposure so it needs to be adjusted, but not too much as you can see the back of the dog is showing highlights from the sunshine. I might have shot from the dogs head height and more from the right at an angle. Also would have been nice to have a little more space to the right of the dog
southsnapper 11 74 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 3:42PM
Thank you Chris and Richard for the tips, and thanks for the comments.

I agree with your comment about more space to the right, problem is in this shot there wasn't any more space, point taken though, need to step back a space a two to give more space for cropping in future.

DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
3 Dec 2008 4:23PM
A first class dog portrait. Well done. Andy
3 Dec 2008 5:15PM
Lovely shot, lovely dog... I'm with Richard re the difficulty of getting the exposure at that angel... nice detail in the head

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 12:01PM
My own opinion is that more space to the right would reduce the strong diagonal you have in this. Smile

MissPea 11 8 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2009 6:56PM
lovely, strong image of a gorgeous dog..agree with some of the comments above but it's still a good un!
grockleJB 9 3 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 8:24PM
A lovely shot of a lovely dog, though I admit to being a little biased as I have 2 of my own. John.

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