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snow ball express

By bigras
taken at Merris wood Golf Club 7 month old Bearded Collie in joying the snow

Tags: Pets and captive animals Humour and fun Snow dog bearded colliepet happy

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cameracat 12 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
23 Mar 2010 10:01PM
Its a tricky shot, Dog coming at you head on at speed, Looks pretty darn good detail wise, Although the small file size is really hard to judge.

The only thing that looks strange is the colour of the snow, On my recently calibrated high quality NEC display, The white of the snow has a yellowish cast.

This may be down to the ambient light at the time of the shot, A low evening sunlight can warm the colours up a notch or 2.

If that was the case then thats how the WB would translate it.

So basically it looks as it should. As shot.

Or this may be down to how your monitor is set-up, And what you see may differ from what my monitor is showing me.

If its a lighting cast, You can alter that in software, By cooling the temperature down a tad.

Whatever its a good shot as is, But there would be no harm in seeing how it would look without the cast, If I get a moment I'll give it a try.....Smile

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23 Mar 2010 10:17PM
Very good capture.
Ricky.
23 Mar 2010 10:24PM
Great shot.
Pete.
23 Mar 2010 11:08PM
lovely image.
saeid
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2010 11:19PM
super capture. My late beardie boy Hamish used to look like that with all the snow balls stuck on his fur.. my other boy has short hair so its not so bad for him!
Jeanie
Smile
Davesumner Plus
9 28 300 Australia
24 Mar 2010 10:16PM
Hi Raymond,

Just love your shot, you've handled the snow really well and the dog is great, it has action whilst being sharp. I can almost feel the dog running at me. There are just a few dark spots at the top of the image that I would have removed in post production but apart from that the image is great.

For me and this is just my opinion, I think the dog needs to stand out a little more from the snowy background which obviously needs to be white. So I've had a little play with your image to see what I could come up with. First of all I have cropped the image a little and removed the dark spots at the top. I increased the exposure to whiten the snow a little more and then painted the dog back through the mask so its exposure stayed the same. I then increased the saturation to give the dog a little yellow colour and then painted the snow back through the mask so it stayed white. I then burned in the snow below the dog so it regained its features and sharpened the whole image. Finally I reduced the noise in the image and ended up with the mod I've uploaded for you to see.

Please remember that this is just my opinion and the image should remain how you like it but I hope it helps.

DaVeS
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3344 Canada
24 Mar 2010 11:02PM
This is a great dynamic shot, well taken.

Youve got good advice frm cameracat on the yellow snow.

In addition to correction of the yellow cast, I have a couple of suggestions in the 2 mods Ive uploaded:

Rather than a square crop, why not a portrait crop, providing extras space at the bottom to add to the dynamic feel, - more space to run into; second mod adds a small amount of radial zoom blur to accentuate the speed,


Regards


Willie
bigras 9 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2010 9:16AM
thank you all for the positive input and suggesttions for improvements

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